The moral convulsion

“The period between the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in the summer of 2014 and the election of November 2020 represents the latest in a series of great transitional moments in American history. Whether we emerge from this transition stronger depends on our ability, from the bottom up and the top down, to build organizations targeted at our many problems. If history is any guide, this will be the work not of months, but of one or two decades.” — David Brooks

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The tragedy of our digital isolation

Over the past 20 plus years, the richness of my life can be traced to the learning I have done with people who are not like me. If they look like me, they don’t think like me. Sometimes they may think like me, but they don’t look like me. I’ve become “comfortable” in uncomfortable spaces.

This we are losing in aces… and I feel the loss in my own life as well.

So, when I read the following paragraphs from the Pope’s encyclical, my heart fell. I’ve printed those paragraphs off and marked them up and prayed. My heart is broken.

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Build on and learn from history… don’t ignore it or destroy it

Pope Francis released a new encyclical this weekend and it’s going to be pulled apart so the “divisive” stuff gets highlighted. Early news articles focus on his statements regarding the death penalty. But, there is a lot of other reading to take in and not miss.

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Fundamentalism and its driving force

When the word “fundamentalism” is used, it’s generally about the “right”. I reject that premise. Fundamentalism exists at the extremes. That is “left” or “right”.

And what I have noticed in this incendiary time in which we live is this: FEAR is a driving force on both sides. There is a deep motivation to FEAR the “other side” and what “they will do” if “they” get in power.

Reject fear. Reject fundamentalism.

The work still to be done

“And I submit that nothing will be done until people of good will put their bodies and their souls in motion. And it will be the kind of soul force brought into being as a result of this confrontation that I believe will make the difference. Yes, it will be a poor people’s campaign. This is is the question facing America. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. America has not met its obligation and its responsibilities to the poor.

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The follow up on Christianity Today’s editorial

Last week Christianity Today posted an editorial calling for the removal of the president. Well, a lot has happened since then. It got Trump’s ire in some tweets and then some responses from the “right” and the “left.”

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