On Being Blog

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 14:21
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 04:41

Looking to a Jewish tradition found in Deuteronomy of absolving loans as a solution to current debts.

Monday, December 22, 2008 - 10:56

The SOF Facebook group has hit its first milestone of 1,000 members. I’ll admit that we haven’t devoted as much time as we’d like to nurturing and gleaning content ideas from participants in this space. And yet, it grows.

In the coming new year, I’d like to dedicate more time to this bunch of fans. For now, it’s a great opportunity to invite all of you who are members to Krista’s events and inform you of other things on the radar.
But, there’s so much more we could do to engage this audience. One of the immediate questions that comes to mind is whether we should migrate to a fan page set-up. We wouldn’t delete the SOF group, but let it live on in ways yet undetermined.

I’m sure you have suggestions. Feed me, Seymour (yes, LSOH lives on). How do you live on Facebook? What would you find helpful?


Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 13:00

Claiborne looks to the words of Jesus as an opportunity to hear them anew.

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 23:39
Monday, December 15, 2008 - 15:14

A preview of Krista's interview with the famed child psychiatrist.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 08:11

Jessica Sundheim tells a lovely story of transformation and faith during tough times.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 17:09

I’ve been fascinated by the responses that have come in to our program with Binyavanga Wainaina. They’ve come in part from other Africans and from current and former NGOs, missionaries, and Peace Corps volunteers. This felt like a huge and daunting, yet pressing, subject to open up. And that’s clearly what we’ve done — not started a conversation but opened it a little wider; the questions and concerns he articulated are present in many closest to this work.

I’m especially intrigued, as well, by one e-mail we received from New Orleans, drawing parallels between aid to post-Katrina New Orleans and aid to Africa. It is a stunning reflection on how, even domestically, the dramatic gesture is deceptively satisfying. Most of all I’m pleased that so many found Binyavanga Wainaina’s insights emboldening, as I did. His hard truth-telling — even his satire — is the opposite of a call to cynicism. It is a call to attentiveness to the deeper truth of ourselves and the other.

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