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Ways of Seeing

  • Editorial

    A letter to progressive Christians in the USA

    I write from a healthy distance: 1,566 miles, one international border and a curious cultural divide away from Capitol Hill, the global epicenter of raw power. Things must look different from out here on the snowy Canadian prairie because I just don’t understand how progressive Christians – with whom I generally agree – have become so caught up in the machinations of super-power.

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  • Editorial

    Thirty thousand

    Thirty thousand (30,000) kids died of hunger in my TV today. I can’t process that information. I just can’t. Would it register differently in my mind and heart if the TV added another zero (300,000) or another two zeros (3,000,000)?

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  • Editorial

    All our dreams

    The belief that our grandest aspirations can be achieved is supposed to get us off our asses. But can our rise-to-the-challenge, have-faith-in-yourself formula lead to success in addressing humanity’s biggest issues?

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  • Experiments

    The Winking Circle

    We wanted to live an adventure rather than watch one. We didn’t want to lead lives in which the only experience of passion and exuberance came via a TV screen. So a group of us began to imagine something beyond televised teenage angst.

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  • Editorial

    The Washing

    The day my cousin Billy started his truck in the garage and rolled up the windows and died was the same day I did laundry and hung it out on the line to dry. Dad told me about Billy when I called him just before midnight to tell him happy birthday.

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  • Experiments

    Less: The new future is circular

    The imagery of progress moves us up and away from the circle of the earth: we climb the corporate ladder, we climb Jacob’s ladder, we construct towers of Babel, we reach for the stars. Corporate board rooms are on top floors of office towers. But we can no longer keep heading onward and upward, leaving the earth and the majority of humanity behind.

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  • Editorial

    The Great Turning

    If you look, I bet you can see it. But first you may have to turn off your TV. And go outside. It would probably help if you befriended a stranger. Or at least said hi to someone who looks awkward with poverty. Next, consider a cut in pay, and then save on travel – commit to propelling yourself more often.

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  • Editorial

    Prado Cafe

    I have the illusion I have always been here; before there was anything, there was Prado. My thoughts take logical, right angle turns and feed electricity to my fan, my paper chandelier, my clock above my exit.

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  • Editorial

    I only know a few

    I drive to church with my family every Sunday because we want to. Its a big new building that many are proud of. I like church a little. I love God a lot. I like people most times, but I have trouble recognizing some of them with their masks on. Sunday is too busy to meet people anyway.

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  • Editorial

    Fundamentally divided?

    “I think it’s important that the ‘culture wars’ of the last two decades be reframed as a war against constructive dialogue and toward a rampaging, ugly partisanship that is demeaning, full of personal attacks, and sweepingly simplistic.” We’re all losing here. In this environment, civility might be the stealth weapon that, skirmish by skirmish and conversation by conversation, wins the war.

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