Real Talk about Race: Race in the School of Divinity

20091002glass4648.cw2_-460x260by Pia Diggs and Lisa Page
Staff Writers

This week many of you took the opportunity to share your thoughts on the racial climate in the divinity school. Below we (Pia and Page) have summarized the collection of responses, highlighting the major themes present in your comments. We will do our best to reflect the genuine intent of your comments and welcome your feedback in the comments section of this article. We will end with our reflections. Continue reading

Reflection on Vandana Shiva

520-INDIA_VandanaShiva_InSeedCropField_ImageSeedFreedomby Elizabeth Corney
Staff Writer

Vandana Shiva takes a big picture view of agriculture. Agriculture is part of the circle of life. When corporations heavily commodify crops, they often disrupt the balance of an ecosystem. Life is flourishing, productive, fertile, diverse, full, flavor, capricious. Corporate agriculture is dull, inefficient, conformity, predictable. ‘Big ag’ rules the day in American farming practices. In this context, Shiva makes the bold claim that ecosystems produce food, not companies. In nature, diversity is necessary for life. Every distinctive form has its own beauty. However, industrial agriculture does not tolerate distinctiveness. Uniformity is the corporate standard. In the context of industrial agriculture, diversity is considered a hazard to hygiene safety.
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Pedophiles are People, Too

cwpixby Brian Hayes
Staff Writer

Recent news reports note that Pope Francis has decided to excommunicate Jose Mercau, an Arengtine priest who is an admited pedophile and sexual abuser. Mercau’s case is one of a series of absolute atrocities in which someone with religious authority has abused their power and violated the vulnerable. In response to this problem, Pope Francis is to be applauded for taking the reports of victims seriously and bringing the issue into the open to be dealt with. Continue reading

More Than Food

thanksgiving-feastby Anna Fleig
Staff Writer

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I have begun to hear all the usual murmurings of how people are planning to celebrate this season of gratitude. Students, faculty, and staff are all looking forward to a short break and reuniting with loved ones. In addition to getting, and sometimes being forced, to see family members and special friends, most people I know are also looking forward to the way that gratitude is typically expressed during this particular holiday—through food. Continue reading

Being OK With Not Being OK

crying-babyby Jessica Place
Staff Writer

For a divinity school student, I’m not very good at a certain kind of spirituality. It’s the kind of spirituality that seems like it would be the easiest – just being. Sitting in silence, resting in the tension of unanswered questions, allowing yourself to experience your own emotions as they come. It sounds easy, but I often find it to be nearly impossible. It’s part of why I’m still a Christian – I would make a terrible Buddhist.

My problem is this: I’m not OK with not being OK. Continue reading

The Holy Spirit and Lady Wisdom

divine-wisdom-shiloh-sophia-mccloudby Jonathan Gamble
Staff Writer

“With a truly tragic delusion,” Carl Jung noted, “these theologians fail to see that it is not a matter of proving the existence of the light, but of blind people who do not know that their eyes could see. It is high time we realized that it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is much more needful to teach people the art of seeing.” Continue reading