Posts Tagged ‘consumer culture’

Shirim in her field near Husan Village, taken by author Jenn Lindsay

“Just Tell Our Story” — Dispatch from Palestine

We met Shirim at her family’s olive grove plot. It falls just outside the Betar Illit settlement. More accurately, it falls on the entire hill but the settlement imposed itself right on top of the farmland that has belonged to her family for five generations. She is forbidden to access her land beyond the current […]

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An Improvised Family: Yom Kippur with Rome’s Progressive Jews

Normally people do not go to Rome to refrain from eating. But it was Yom Kippur, and I was on my way to afternoon services at Beth Hillel, Rome’s new progressive Jewish community. My long walk to the Beth Hillel service on the Janiculum Hill started on the banks of the Tiber River. In Piazza Navona […]

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By Wikipedia Loves Art participant "shooting_brooklyn" [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

When in Rome, Do as the Progressive Roman Jews Do

I was late to Rosh Hashanah services at Beth Hillel, Rome’s new progressive Jewish community. I meant to leave my apartment at 6pm but I scooted out the door by 6:45pm, realizing that the mistake would cost me 22 euros in cab fare. On the way up the Janiculum Hill I remarked how beautiful the […]

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Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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Why Church?

For a class I am currently taking about young adult ministry, we were given the simple prompt, “Why church?”  Below is my response to this simple yet profound question of whether or not the Church truly has anything to offer young adults (or anyone, for that matter).  Why church?  This question can be asked with […]

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Flossenbürg by A. Kryszczak - Przed blokiem XXIII (crop).jpg. "In front of block 23" Drawing by Stefan Kryszczak survivor of Flossenbürg concentration camp. Drawing done in ink on tracing paper. The heirs of this work's copyright holder (usually the creator) have released it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

Unrateable Terrors

I help teach a university course on The Holocaust in Historical Context. It is, it should be, impossible to remain unaffected by immersive study of Western Antisemitism and how religious, economic, political, racial, nationalistic, and cultural trends intersected to culminate in the ghastly monstrosity of the Third Reich and its horrorhouse of moral inversions. The […]

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Why Religion Should Not Try So Hard to Be Cool

Every September college students confront a myriad of student activity organizations, each competing for student loyalties. While campus religious groups might be considered realms for quiet reflection and prayer, things change amongst a plurality of competing enticements for student membership. Suddenly, the Catholic Center is just one option alongside a cappella choirs, the Beekeeping Club, […]

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Jesus and the Moneychangers in the Scrovegni Chapel

In the summertime I visited Padua and went to the Scrovegni Chapel, dated 1305. In the past 40 years the frescos have begun to crumble, and curators have researched atmospheric problems in order to counteract the decay. Long story short: this chapel is OLD. The air on the globe has totally changed since 1305 and […]

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Virtue is its Own Reward: Why Michael Pollan’s “Cooked” is a Religious Text

After perhaps my 20th snide comment about something in “Cooked” that annoyed me, my fiancee asked me if I would please shut up and allow her to enjoy her food porn.
This is an entirely reasonable request. I only wish Pollan would heed it.

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In the wake of tragedy, a compassionate (religious?) response

It seems as if the tragedies are coming so fast we only need bullet points now: Newtown; The Boston Marathon; Oklahoma. There are hundreds of incidents I could write between each one, like a brief outline of unending pain. I don’t think we have a choice about whether violence or upheaval is part of our […]

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