vol. 11, num. 6 :: 2012.03.16 — 2012.03.29
The word “organizing” might conjure up the rearranging of an exploding closet into neat stacks and rows or the filing of a desk full of flying papers. But it also refers to a group of people collaborating and strategizing to meet a specific goal. This issue will contain stories, models and heroes for both kinds of organizing—and if we’re lucky, maybe even make some creative connections between the two.
Taking stock of life’s clutter with joy and gratitude.
Considering what’s emerging for *cino after the spring thaw.
What happens when the mess in the house becomes a metaphor for the mess in other parts of life?
A disorganized collector reflects on human and divine nature.
Thinking about getting organized during Lent.
A review of The Virtue of Dialogue by Christopher Smith.
How our housekeeping tendencies can shape our identities in relation to others.
Rediscovering play as a young adult in a new city.
A list of links to organizations that are modeling the Acts community today.
Charlie Todd shares some of the ideas behind Improv Everywhere.
Jad and Robert explore one of the artifacts of community organizing: cities.
It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them. If we can’t do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies’ children, who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause. We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity. Authentic peace is no more passive than war. Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims. If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.
“A Citizen’s Response” in Citizenship Papers
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