Hey! Here’s what I’ve been reading:
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on “The Art of Interrupting Deadly Youth Violence“: “‘One of the biggest challenges is overcoming the years and years and years of confirmation that nothing can change,’ Achisimach ‘Chis’ Yisrael, a former SOS Outreach Worker, said, seated behind the large conference table in the Mediation Center. ‘It’s a hell of a thing when you’ve got to go and step in front of individuals that were born, constantly reminded, with the belief that this is as good as it gets.'” I could quibble with this piece–it doesn’t acknowledge that violent crime has fallen almost everywhere in the US, and I think the “disease model” of violence has a ton of problems–but the focus on community solidarity, practical support, personal courage, and expanding people’s imaginations really spoke to me. And there are some really powerful quotes here.
Spiritual Friendship is just on fire! Tons of fascinating discussion. I especially liked Wesley Hill’s thoughts on the relationship between the Good News of Jesus Christ and celibacy as one response to that news; and, even more so, his follow-up on “Celibacy in Light of the Resurrection.” But really, there’s a ton of good stuff there.