vol. 5, num. 18 :: 2006.10.06 — 2006.10.20
As autumn sets in noticeably in many parts of the northern hemisphere, we'll consider the nature of death and the dying process, as well as offering tribute to the now dead whose lives impacted us greatly.
A social work student examines her calling to assist in times of death.
Reflections of a Hospice chaplain a few days later.
Some tragedies are too big to comprehend.
A memorial for a mother who had a passion for broken things.
On the death of a close friend's father.
A reflection on seeking promise after the death of a spouse.
A memorial for grandparents who parented.
A review of Jolie Holland's album Springtime Can Kill You.
Divorce is never God's intention for marriage, but there is still grace.
A review of Alison McGhee's Shadow Baby with a list of other books that have proved helpful after a loss.
A collection of stories about death and dying.
A site devoted to death issues, including a calculator (based on averages) to figure out the "date" of your death.
An article by Thomas Lynch.
What happens to us when we die?
I don’t know how seriously [people who are suspicious of others not like them] do take their Christianity, because if you take something seriously, you’re ready to encounter difficulty, run the risk, whatever. I mean, when people are turning in on themselves—and God knows, arming themselves and so on—against the imagined other, they’re not taking their Christianity seriously. I don’t know—I mean, this has happened over and over again in the history of Christianity, there’s no question about that, or other religions, as we know. But Christianity is profoundly counterintuitive—“Love thy neighbor as thyself”—which I think properly understood means your neighbor is as worthy of love as you are, not that you’re actually going to be capable of this sort of superhuman feat. But you’re supposed to run against the grain. It’s supposed to be difficult. It’s supposed to be a challenge.
“President Obama & Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation in Iowa” in The New York Review of Books
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