I don't know what I'm going to do without Context: Martin E. Marty on Religion and Culture. Earlier this year Marty and the Claretians, who have published Context 12 times a year, announced that it was closing down. I've been in a mild depression ever since.
There isn't a tidy way to write about forgiveness. It's the whole gospel, for sure. But you've got to deal with the sin that preceded it and the damage that won't go away no matter how much reconciliation follows it. You've got to deal with the stop-start nature of relationships, the silence and paralysis of pain and shame, and the fact that we fail at least as much as we succeed.
The glory of American politics is that voters get to "throw the rascals
out"—whether or not they understand who the rascals are or the nature
of the crisis the nation is in. Very little could have done by any
government during this worldwide economic slowdown to address the high
unemployment, except more government stimulus, which is what voters say
they don't want.
Global Christian and Muslim leaders meeting in Switzerland have
jointly called for the formation of a group which can be mobilized
whenever a crisis threatens to arise in which Christians and Muslims
find themselves in conflict.
Last August, Darryl Jackson Jr., a 24-year-old African American, was arrested in Valparaiso, Indiana, for resisting arrest and failure to identify himself. Jackson was approached by a white police officer while parked by a curb waiting for a friend. Criminal charges were dropped, but the mayor objected to the police action, and activists at Valparaiso University came to Jackson’s defense. Through mediation by citizens, the mayor, the sheriff, and Jackson had collaborative discussion, resulting in a joint statement of apology and reconciliation (WBEZ, November 10).