Hell Is for Children: “Krabat,” A New Entry in the Field of Scary Christmas Movies

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.-Gal 5:1 One of my favorite novels when I was a girl was The Satanic Mill, by Ottfried Preussler. The title is not a metaphor or an allusion; the book is about a mill that is run by a man who has sold his soul to Satan. An orphan child finds his way to the mill and enters its sinister brotherhood, getting to know the other apprentices and journeymen--and, eventually, learning magic alongside … [Read more...]

Who Counts as Family? A Rich Connecticut Neighborhood* Tests the Boundaries

via Ratty, and super-relevant to conversations here about friendship as kinship: A neighborhood kerfuffle on one of the city's wealthiest residential streets has triggered a cease-and-desist order, fervent appeals and debate over what constitutes a family.The controversy centers on 68 Scarborough St., a nine-bedroom brick mansion shared by eight adults and three children — an arrangement among longtime friends who share monthly expenses, chores and legal ownership of the stately home, said J … [Read more...]

Oriented to Love Call for Applicants

Several of my friends have done this and really loved it; you can read my reflections from I think the very first one here: ESA is looking for a group of a dozen people to participate in the next in-depth dialogue around the issue of sexual diversity in the church. The next dialogue will take place over 2 days, Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2015 at a beautiful Quaker retreat center outside Philadelphia.The two main requirements for participation in this dialogue are an open heart … [Read more...]

“The Universal Call to Christian Love”: Fare Forward on My Book

you could discuss it in your town too! On November 18th a group of young adults gathered in DC to talk about Eve Tushnet’s book, Gay and Catholic at a discussion hosted by Fare Forward. The focus wasn’t on the morality of queer sexual relationships, but on the opportunities our churches and communities offer parishioners (gay and straight) to offer deep, sacrificial love outside the “default” paths of marriage and monasteries/ordination. The discussion explored alternative ways to offer love and … [Read more...]

“Washington Bails on Demilitarization After Ferguson”

Seasons Greetings: Lawmakers vowed changes to the Pentagon programs that deliver military-grade equipment to local police after images of cops climbing out of armored vehicles with military-grade weapons filtered out of Ferguson, Missouri, in August.But months later, the chaotic 1033 program — which sends surplus military gear built for combat to local police forces with little oversight — hasn’t changed at all.The 113th Congress will end without substantive changes to the program. The W … [Read more...]

“Tony Kushner’s Communist Turducken”: I watch “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures”

for AmCon: My heart is by dejection, clay And by self-murder, red.–John Donne, “A Litany”Gus’s heart is Red, all right. He’s a 72-year-old Communist Party member, former longshoreman, and union organizer; he’s already tried to kill himself once, and has called his children together to explain his new plan: Sell their Brooklyn brownstone, split the proceeds among the kids, then finish himself off. Tony Kushner’s “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key t … [Read more...]

Tove Jansson’s “Alice in Wonderland”

wow:more! … [Read more...]


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