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?
On the characters who teach us how to accept life around the edges of a big story.
From St. Francis to Shakespeare, an endorsement for radical hospitality.
Moving from transplanted strangers to homemaking exiles.
On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.
On the secrets we all keep.
Is it possible to truly belong in a new culture?
Remembering the challenges and triumphs of the teen years.
A mother remembers the longings and cruelties of junior high girls.
Learning to cope with unemployment.
First hand experience with Alabama’s new immigration law.
Life is a complicated game of Would You Rather? for a those who find pieces of home in two very different worlds.
Remembering Simone Weil and a middle school band of misfits.
Greg Bottoms on the making of a Santeros artist as an old man.
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.
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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