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

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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