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

We need more of the prophetic imagination that can interrupt violence and oppression. If the people of God were to transform the world through fascination, these amazing teachings had to work at the center of these peculiar people. Then we can look into the eyes of a centurion and see not a beast but a child of God, and then walk with that child a couple of miles. Look into the eys of tax collectors as they sue you in court; see their poverty and give them your coat. Look in to the eyes of the ones who are hardest for you to like, and see the One you love. For God loves good and bad people. Even God doesn’t grasp for the knowledge of good and evil but sends rain to water the fields of both the just and the unjust. That’s why enemy love is the only thing that Jesus says makes a person like God – perfect.

Shane Claiborne
Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals

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