Tony is a writer, teacher, speaker and ordained minister (United Church of Christ). He served as Senior Minister of Seattle’s Plymouth Congregational Church for fourteen years. His newest book is Useful Wisdom: Letters to Young (and not so young) Ministers. He divides his time between Seattle and a cabin in Wallowa County of northeastern Oregon. If you’d like to know more or receive his regular blogs in your email, go to his site listed above to sign-up.
From the '50s through at least the '70s it was popular to “channelize” rivers up here in Northwest Oregon, meaning use a bulldozer to cut one deeper, straight channel to reduce high-water flooding. But that came at a cost to natural and fish habitat.
Jessica Grose says that what churches offer that people aren’t finding elsewhere is a “ready-made supportive community.” But here’s the thing. “Ready-made supportive community,” doesn’t just happen. Such a community asks things of people.
Dave, the workshop presenter, said that “rejection — at some level — is at the heart of all the father issues. The feeling that you are never good enough.” There probably was that, but I think both my parents had that going on. With my Dad it was more the sense that we just didn’t have that much in common, and between that and his work, not much shared experience.
My guess is that many of Greater Idaho folks would rather be in a red state than a blue one. Apparently, there are now realtors who specialize in relocating people to a state of their political preference. I mean why rub elbows with people you don’t agree with?
The progressive social critique of patriarchy, systemic racism, the history of policing and capitalism — which has some truth in it — is so broad-scale that it overwhelms more modest efforts to make progress..
I think these shifts portray a country/society where people are really frightened. All of the things that trend down — love of country, religious faith, having kids, and community involvement — involve some, often quite significant, level of trust.
Some of the debate is on the order of “should we go ahead with AI?” which suggests there is a choice in the matter. There isn’t. AI is here, though its incarnations are probably far more diverse than the single term “AI” would suggest.