catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Citizens and Aliens

vol. 5, num. 14 :: 2006.07.14 — 2006.07.28

What does it mean to be a citizen of a country? Of the Kingdom? On the nature of belonging, as well as the tensions and harmonies that exist among our various allegiances.

 

Feature

Gone south

A Midwesterner in Tennessee reflects on alienation and belonging.

Editorial

Into exile

An impending move prompt thoughts about belonging in a place.

Articles

Uprooted

An illegal immigrant learns about the difficulties of not claiming identity.

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'Tis the season to remember my citizenship

Reflections on the layers of identity involved in citizenship.

Late night thoughts on being a disciple of the Kingdom

A brief exploration of citizenship related to identity.

Reviews

True, in the end

A review of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

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Gallery

In case you missed it the first time

Interview with Jim Skillen

Exclusive interview with Jim Skillen regarding issues of church and state.

The poor are not the problem

A review of The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else by Hernando de Soto.

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Star-spangled dreams

Wouldn't we all love to live in the country of our dreams?

Mea Culpa

On why Christians should be disturbed by the current war in Iraq and what we should all be doing about it, regardless of our opinion.

Weaving the web

The Center for New Democracy

A project out of Wisconsin seeks to create a fourth branch of government, the Popular Branch, by allowing citizens to vote on pending legislation.  See what you think…

 

What's at stake?

Resources for promoting compassion, not criminalization in immigration reform.

 

Who is my neighbor?

A column from Carolyn Carney on the tension between being a consumer and being a citizen.

 
 

daily asterisk

If only holiness were measured by the volume of our incessant chatter, we would be universally praised as the most holy nation on earth. But in our fretful, theatrical piety, we have come to mistake noisiness for holiness, and we have presumed to know, with a clarity and certitude that not even the angels dared claim, the divine will for the world. We have organized our needs with the confidence that God is on our side, now and always, whether we feed the poor or corral them into ghettos. To a nation filled with intense religious fervor, the Hebrew prophet Amos said: You are not the holy people you imagine yourselves to be. Though the land is filled with festivals and assemblies, with songs and melodies, and with so much pious talk, these are not sounds and sights that are pleasing to the Lord. “Take away from me the noise of your congregations,” Amos says, “you who have turned justice into poison.”

Charles Marsh
"God and Country" in The Boston Globe (July 8, 2007)

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