catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Outsider

vol. 10, num. 18 :: 2011.10.14 — 2011.10.27

At some point in our development, we become aware that there are insiders and outsiders when it comes to various social contexts -- politics to playgrounds, workplaces to Sunday school.  How we respond to this awareness varies greatly from one person to another.  Where do you stand?

 

Feature

Sacredness in the margins

On the characters who teach us how to accept life around the edges of a big story.

Speaking with strangers

From St. Francis to Shakespeare, an endorsement for radical hospitality.

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Editorial

Outside in

Moving from transplanted strangers to homemaking exiles.

Articles

Stigma

On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.

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Insider outed

On the secrets we all keep.

The integration issue

Is it possible to truly belong in a new culture?

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Starting over

Remembering the challenges and triumphs of the teen years.

Cool girls and the chip mix

A mother remembers the longings and cruelties of junior high girls. 

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Lessons for a season as an outsider

Learning to cope with unemployment.

Suspicious skin

First hand experience with Alabama’s new immigration law.

Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

Death by ice or fire

Life is a complicated game of Would You Rather? for a those who find pieces of home in two very different worlds.

Outside looking in

Remembering Simone Weil and a middle school band of misfits.

Weaving the web

Ghosts in the Mirrors

Greg Bottoms on the making of a Santeros artist as an old man. 

 

First Day

On the first day, any first day, we're expected to live by the rules and customs of the culture we're entering, but we don't know those rules and customs just yet.

 
 

daily asterisk

According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. Rather, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Grace. As a nation, out of this terrible tragedy, God has visited grace upon us, for he has allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He has given us the chance, where we’ve been lost, to find our best selves. We may not have earned it, this grace, with our rancor and complacency, and short-sightedness and fear of each other – but we got it all the same. He gave it to us anyway. He’s once more given us grace. But it is up to us now to make the most of it, to receive it with gratitude, and to prove ourselves worthy of this gift.

President Barack Obama
“Remarks by the President in Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney”
(June 26, 2015)

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