READING! “My” for Monday, June 1st

Welcome to June 2020! I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as relieved to see the month of May in the rear view mirror.

If very recent history, like March, April and May 2020, is any indication, this will be another unexpected, unprecedented, and unsettled time. So, here we go….

Here’s the excellent sources that I feature each day – The Week and the Five Things to Know Today

The Conversation the Good News Network site Creighton U. Daily Reflections

One of the daily podcasts I value – The Daily 202 Big Idea by The Washington Post. has already posted today a somber and informative update.

And here’s the link (which stays the same each day) to “My”

The Ed Tech Emergent Daily, Monday June 1st You can bookmark this link!

Here are links to just some of the relevant articles found in today’s “My”

“A Call to Conversion” published on First Things

Note: I don’t usually comment on articles in this daily post (I do that in my evening Pandemic Photo O’ Day.) I featured this “A Call to Conversion” as the “cover story” today because it is quite remarkable and significant.

If you’re not familiar with First Things, here’s how their Wikipedia entry describes this publication founded in 1990:

With a circulation of approximately 30,000 copies, FT is considered to be influential in its articulation of a broad Christian Ecumenism and erudite social and political conservatism.

Keeping that conservative focus in mind, it’s significant to read there today:

The spiritual virus [of racism] will only recede when the church as a whole proclaims the gospel of life in word and deed.

Opposing racism and prejudice must be part of the church’s pro-life stance.

The challenge is that all moral problems require some sort of conversion, a fundamental reorientation in outlook and affection…

Racism, prejudice, and the pro-life cause become linked at the level of the disordering and ordering of emotion and desire. Opposition to racism and prejudice is part of the pro-life position—because these moral problems are the result of redefining human dignity to exclude certain social groups. Words are often the tools that perpetuate the moral virus of racism and prejudice…

We should see the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd as a call for conversion, and begin by recognizing the sacredness of human beings made in the image of God.

It is no accident that many African-American writers have drawn deeply from the biblical vision of love and justice. They challenge us to convert to the gospel of life.

This is where the pro-life movement plants its flag, and it connects the call to life to the issues surrounding racism and prejudice.

All churches together should proclaim this call to turn away from the culture of death.

This is a sentiment you’d likely find today in most every “progressive” Catholic publication. Yet to read it so clearly and plainly stated in First Things is encouraging and a sign of movement within predominately white churches.

“USA as a ‘Failed Social Experiment’?”

“Three Methods for Approaching Racial Injustice and Jesus’ Solution Which Changes Everything”

“How Reading Rewires Your Brain for Higher Intelligence and Empathy”

“EdTech Podcasting for Teachers and Students”

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