Posts Tagged ‘healing’

As Long as Possibility Remains: A Reflection on the Aftermath of Ariel Castro’s Suicide

A man killed himself last week. In itself, by itself, that’s not so uncommon, or even statistically noteworthy; in itself, by itself, it is staggering and significant. For me, Northeast Ohio is home. I grew up with photos of Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry being featured on the news constantly when they disappeared, and at […]

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Why, God? Grasping for Control, Praying for Grace

A man armed with guns walked into an elementary school and killed many people, most of whom were children. My hands shake even just typing such words. The news reports are still being updated, and the social media world is alive with commentary. I picked up my copy of the New York Times yesterday and […]

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Poetry and Healing in Times of Great Tragedy

Today is my birthday, but I won’t be celebrating this year. I woke up this morning not thinking about my 24 years of life, but about the 26 lost souls, and 20 of these victims who never got a chance to see the full beauty of this earth. My heart aches on this day when […]

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September 11th, 2001. The Day My Hatred was Born.

We will read many perspectives over the next few days about how to honor the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on US soil, and we would do well to read them. Some will call us to unity. Others might promote our nation’s inherent pluralism. However September 11th, 2001 marks a very different anniversary […]

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Hope Heals VIOLENCE

The dialog of the growing violence in America has been an on-going talk for some populations and segments of American society for most of its history. There are the peacemakers in society that have been a resounding voice for decade upon decade attempting to sound an alarm of attention on the growing violence, yet the […]

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Where Do We Go From Here? Seeking Justice…

The news this week, like many recent weeks, has been full of stories of injustice, violence, misunderstanding, pain. As an American, there are plenty of stories within our national framework to choose from. I am also acutely aware of suffering taking place all over the world, of which my privileged status comes to light in […]

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Mission Creep: TV’s and Christianity’s

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but in the past few years we have witnessed the dissolution of the missional integrity of the various previously specialized television networks.  The military term is “mission creep,” where the vision or goal of an enterprise is gradually expanded to include things that don’t harmonize with the original […]

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