L. Roger Owens
L. Roger Owens teaches at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is author of What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room).
How can we live well after 40? asks Barbara Bradley Hagerty. She could have consulted the wisdom traditions.
by L. Roger Owens September 15, 2016
I had work to do the other day, but I set it aside to reread Elie Wiesel’s Night as a way to mark the great man’s death and remember his life. While I was struck by passages I anticipated, like his account of how his belief was shattered upon seeing the furnaces of Auschwitz—“Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever”—it was an unexpected line that caught me, given a current news story I’d been following.
“Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.” I hear these words on a bright, cloudless morning on my way to work. They begin the speech that President Obama gave several hours earlier at Hiroshima.
I knew Jannie Swart's witness would have a lasting impact on our seminary. I didn't anticipate how it would challenge me in the classroom.
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