vol. 9, num. 24 :: 2010.12.31 — 2011.01.13
For some, the turning over of the calendar is an opportunity to embrace a transition to something new, while for others, major life changes don’t follow the calendar year quite so neatly. This issue features stories of newness: new places, new people, new jobs, new limitations, new identities and more.
Learning to be at peace in all circumstances from a matriarch's example.
On learning how to be present in each moment of every year of life.
On learning to take a break without fear.
An account of a mysterious disappearance from a member of Herod's army.
An unexpected lesson in learning to pray through the fear of loss.
On making space for transition in our New Year's resolutions.
For better and for worse, some things never change.
A reflection on the one-year anniversary of a major injury.
A move to Pennsylvania from Michigan inspires a meaningful mix CD.
Ten things I have unsuccessfully willed myself to do (or not do).
On discovering that perfectly imperfect someone.
Stories of people forced to let go of their firmly held beliefs.
Samantha Curley on Yael Naim’s music video about self-discovery.
Aiden Enns on the origins and inefficient ambitions of Geez Magazine.
Announcing a 2011 commitment to create a poem an issue.
I believe that, to some degree, an offending strangeness might be the surest means to seeing, hearing, and receiving a redeeming witness — a witness at work, for instance, in what Karl Barth refers to as the strange new world of the Bible. Does the Bible in any way dislocate our imaginations or prove to be an affront to what we consider seemly? In a certain sense, we might say that weirdness alone redeems, because it is that which strikes us as unseemly that forces us to redeem — or reevaluate — our vision of reality, our sense of what’s appropriate. Are we willing to have our vision undone and redeemed? Are we up for the religious experience of feeling offended?
The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
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