vol. 5, num. 17 :: 2006.09.22 — 2006.10.06
The first chapters of Genesis tell of the creation of a species gifted with creativity and charged with the care of the earth. How do we respond?
Reading, writing and creation through naming.
A tour through the creation and destruction inherent in the process of finding home.
A trip to the fabric store, inspired by the need for costumes, sparks creativity and wonder.
A morning in the back yard with Squirt the cat reveals the community of nature.
On creating space for God in our daily lives.
The exquisitely melancholy love songs of Leonard Cohen.
How do we reconcile the debate between two visions of life?
A neighborhood full of trees inspires reflection.
How books of ?perfect? photos from special events gave way to reveling in the beauty of the ordinary.
Eight paintings visually explore the wonder of the creation of the world.
A study-abroad program in Belize, Central America and the South Pacific that engages Christian college students in current environmental issues, cross cultural experiences and local ecosystems.
A poem by Wendell Berry.
I have a problem when you begin the clock with the violence on Tuesday. Because the fact of the matter is that the lives of black people in this city, the lives of black people in this country have been violent for a long time. Violence is how enslavement actually happened. People will think of enslavement as like a summer camp, where you just have to work, where you just go and someone gives you food and lodging, but enslavement is violence, it is torture. Torture is how it was made possible. You can’t imagine enslavement without stripping away people’s kids and putting them up for sale. And the way you did that was, you threatened people with violence. Jim Crow was enforced through violence. That was the way things that got done. You didn’t politely ask somebody not to show up and vote. You stood in front of voting booths with guns, that’s what you did. And the state backed this; it was state-backed violence. Violence is not even in our past. Violence continues today. I was reading a stat that the neighborhood where the “riots” popped-off earlier this week is in fact the most incarcerated portion of the state of Maryland. And this is not surprising. We live in a country where the incarceration rate is 750 per 100,000. Our nearest competitor is allegedly undemocratic Russia at 400 or 500 per 100,000. China has roughly a billion more people than America; America incarcerates 800,000 more people than China. And as bad as that national incarceration rate is, the incarceration rate for black men is somewhere around 4,000 per 100,000. So if you think the incarceration rate for America is bad, for black America it’s somewhere where there is no real historical parallel.
“The Clock Didn’t Start With the Riots” in The Atlantic
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