(Reblog) Remembering well: 9/11 reflections from a captain turned priest

Fr. Christian Hawley, an Air Force officer who became an Episcopal priest, has penned this article in remembrance of the terrorist attacks we witnessed on September 11, 2001. This is the best expression I have yet heard of #NeverForget.

Here are the one-liners he uses to form the shape of his article. Reblogged from Ministry Matters.

  • We are never safe.
  • We are never alone.
  • We are never innocent.
  • We are never beyond redemption.
  • Violence begets violence.
  • Sometimes love begets violence.
  • Love anyway.
  • Reconciliation begins within.
  • Be gentle with yourself.
  • Reconciliation can’t be done alone.
  • Be gentle with others.
  • Never forget.
  • Remembering is a process.
  • Christians remember well.

Click here to read the full article

(Reblog) I am Not Charlie: a Christian response to the killings in Paris

This is a reblog of an article by my seminary professor, Bob Ekblad:

I was deeply troubled by news of this week’s killings of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, France’s beloved satirical newspaper, by two French Muslim brothers of Algerian descent, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi. I’ve been haunted by footage I saw of these gunmen’s shooting of a police officer in cold blood on a Parisian street where our good friends live and where we regularly stay. The killing of four hostages in the Jewish kosher grocery store by another jihadist activist, followed by the French police’s shooting of all three gunmen, has made this a traumatic week for France and the world.

Should we be surprised by these killings? Offense, resentment, and shame carried by many young Muslim men and others on the margins today incite rage. In this case, the rage is directed against the dishonoring gaze and mocking words of journalism that appears to consider nothing sacred, except free speech.

Click here to read the full article on Bob’s blog