What to Celebrate and Lament

Needed Songs & Forgotten Parables | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Needed Songs   “We were pressed on every side,” is how the song starts.   “Full of fear and troubled thoughts. For good reason, we carried heavy hearts.” Sara Groves, in the folky timbre of her voice, has been…

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Community Art and The Flu | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Community Art   “What is the grey-blue thing in the middle?” a teen who’s arrived for the neighborhood Mardi Gras parade asks.   “It’s our road!,” I say, with one hand pointing to the ribbon of grey-blue in question…

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Depression: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

I don’t know what you would call what I’ve experienced these last two years.   I don’t know what you would call it. I’ve called it depression. It was the term that felt right—that locked in—some twenty-four months ago, though…

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A Good Neighbor and The Most Vulnerable | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: A Good Neighbor   Mister Rogers is back in the news, but—thankfully!—not for the same reasons many male celebrities are suddenly stealing headlines. This week a new documentary about the legacy of Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,…

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MLK Jr and Numbness | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: The Tension of MLK, Jr.   Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day when many of us are drawn to revisit King’s writings and speeches and to reflect on his legacy of activism and ministry. As many…

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Plus Ones and Impossible Dilemmas | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Plus Ones   Sunday night’s Golden Globes were charged and provocative at a time when the entertainment industry needs charge and provocation. After a year in which large-scale issues of sexual misconduct and gender inequality finally became impossible for…

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Teachings of Jesus and Gun Violence | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Teachings of Jesus   I’ve become so accustomed to adapting the teachings of Jesus to my circumstances that it’s humbling and breathtaking when newspaper headlines echo those teachings almost verbatim. When individuals or institutions do the things Jesus told…

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Mary and Change | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Mary   As we move into the twelve days of Christmas, setting our sights on Epiphany (January 6th, the day that we commemorate Jesus’s appearance to the Gentiles by way of the Magi), I am thinking about Mary.   This…

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Evangelicalism | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate Growing up as a United Methodist in a small southern town meant that I also grew up a little Southern Baptist, surrounded by evangelical fundamentalism and conservative religious culture. Beads received for scripture memorization were strung on yarn and…

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Eye Contact and Gunshots | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Eye Contact   Every Thursday, I clobber down the stairs of the Methodist Church in our neighborhood where I serve as the community arts director. Once a week, for an hour, I volunteer to work the computer in the food…

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