Man, this all rings so true to me. I grew up in a tiny deep-South town, and even as a child I was aware that racism was in the air we breathed. The town had a literal “wrong side of the tracks” area, and even though we got along with the black kids at school, we knew that after school they stayed in their part of town and we in ours. It’s just how…[Read more]
Hi from Southeast Wyoming (recently moved from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). I’m Suzanne Tietjen, former shepherd and retired Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and currently a writer, beekeeper, gardener, and wannabe herbalist. I lived through some of the changes that began in the sixties and very much want to learn and change more. I am looking f…[Read more]
Early in C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair, when Aslan gives Jill Pole the quest of rescuing Prince Rilian of Narnia, he also gives Jill four signs by which she might fulfill the quest. Before sending her to N […]
Let Justice Roll Down is primarily a memoir (rather than simply an essay on racial justice), so most of what we have read in these early chapters are events and memories from Perkins’ own life. Were there any stories or episodes that stuck with you or made an impression on you particularly?
Jennifer Trafton started the topic Discussion Question: White vs. black experiences of economic hardship in the forum Week One: Chapters 1 – 8 1 week, 5 days ago
At the beginning of the first chapter (pg. 15) Perkins observes that the white people growing up around him were also relatively poor. What are some of the ways in which their experience of economic hardship would have been different from the economic hardship experienced by Perkins and other African Americans in the same community?
A lot of the national discussion recently has focused on “systemic” or “institutional” racism. What are some of the systems and institutions that affected Perkins’ early life? How did these manifest themselves in concretely in the events recounted in these chapters?
Perkins writes: “prejudice in the South is both paternalistic and antagonistic.” (pg. 34; see the remainder of the paragraph attached to this quotation.) What do you think Perkins means by this? Does this analysis of Southern prejudice resonate with you? Can you think of examples of this?
Jennifer Trafton started the topic Discussion Question: Relationship between money, race, and power in the forum Week One: Chapters 1 – 8 1 week, 5 days ago
In several places Perkins mentions his special interest in economic matters. He writes about his time in the Army: “The practical effects of my lifestyle — no drinking and a very simple scale of living — meant I had extra money. So for the first time in my life, I could turn the tables on the white man. I could loan him money, at interest, all t…[Read more]
Re-read page 56 and page 63, where Perkins describes his early impressions of Christianity. On the one hand, Perkins had little interest in Christianity, because of its impotence in confronting racism (even more than that, because of the ways it participated in and perpetuated racism). On the other hand, Perkins’ own conversion was driven by a s…[Read more]
While reading Wendell Berry’s story collection, That Distant Land, I was struck by this description of a character named Martha Elizabeth Coulter:
She was a woman always near to smiling, sometimes to […]
I think, Jonathan, that we have much to learn from your Wilderking Trilogy main character, Aidan Errolson.
When Aidan encountered Dobro, the first Feechie he had ever beheld, he did not spurn him but instead embraced him.
In due course of time, Aidan embraced Feechiedom in all its ‘weirdness’ and ‘other-ness.’
Meanwhile, the vast majority of Aidan’s ‘kind’ harboured fear in their hearts towards the Feechies, if not outright disbelief in their existence.
In their brittle, narrow minds, there was only room for caricatures of Feechiedom.
Only Aidan understood that “It is good that each of God’s creatures exists.”
And the entire story pivots on his singular comprehension of this fact.
A message for us all.
Thank you for this. I just closed the window from facebook where I was rather discouraged because the feed had been cluttered with violence about just about anything imaginable…not just people yelling about it, actual violence. The last paragraph “This world exists because God thinks it is a good idea. To love the world and our fellow creatures is simply to say that God’s not wrong.” was such a needed counterpoint. It is hard to believe sometimes, but that is what we are called to. And God does know what He is doing, thank you for the reminders that this world is truly full of good, but realized now and yet to be revealed.
Somehow Sarah Siskind has saved her best work for her own albums. That’s a difficult feat for a songwriter who has written for the likes of Alison Krauss, Wynonna, and Randy Travis. She’s toured with Bonnie and B […]
For the past 10 years, Hutchmoot has been an opportunity for like-minded people from far and wide to gather in Nashville and celebrate art, music, story, and faith. But as we all know, this year has been full of […]
What a lovely surprise! I am sad for all those who had tickets and will be missing out on the joys of Hutchmoot in person, but my brain is already firing off creative ways to enjoy this in community here. Thank you, team, for dreaming up ways to make this happen!
I expected the news of not being able to gather together, but you all have surpassed yourselves with this generous plan! Grateful for you.
I love this so much! Can’t wait!
I will miss you all so much BUT I am also so grateful for this solution (and excited for all the folks who will get a taste of Hutchmoot for the first time. :))
Oh boy! This is wonderfully special. Thank you guys! I knew you would be up to something very unique, but – good, this year! I just knew…
I anticipate great things, already… I am definitely in!
(Too bad, but you’ll just have to trust my upcoming description of Woody’s Wood-Fired Burgers & Fries for lunch for the Friday lunch meal! 😉 (hee-hee).
A visit here on the north shore of Lake Ontario will let you in on the goodness!).
– the peace of the Lord.
I’ve not been able to attend in person and am so grateful for this opportunity.
Sad that we won’t have the opportunity to meet in person, but SO GLAD that you have not given up creating space to grow and meet people! Many thanks! <3
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