Virtual Oases, Holy Week
- Rebecca links to Palm Sunday talks on lds.org
- I’ll raise Kristine’s enviable Palm Sunday: I got to attend a remarkable Palm Sunday concert that brought together gifted musicians in the LDS community, including D. Fletcher — who’s song Weepin’ Mary is singularly beautiful . . . and on the way home, I listened to the Pope’s Palm Sunday service from St. Peter’s square. The passion sung in Italian. Beautiful.
- A series of unfortunate events, indeed, in Colorado — first brought to my attention by my brother in that CO. I assume this incident inspired Ardis’ lovely post on her own missionary past.
- The pope makes a forceful call for peace in Iraq — in the shadow of the murder of an Archbishop
- Tracy: Momma said there’d be Sundays like this . . .
- This cartoon hit a little too close to home.
- Voice from Exponent past: Dr. Elvira Barney’s vision of our time
- BiV: Making women’s history on the court in Saudi Arabia
- Juliann Reynolds: Post-Sunstone thoughts on women who know . . .
- Holding on to the passport — spiritual escape-hatches . . . . (discussion of article here)
- At Segullah: Mother-identity and external validation
- G explore the term “temple worthy”
- Jana: “Contemplating the price that bought my mobility.”
- Examining the case for single-sex education (as a teacher — currently in a single-sex school — I believe in sum, it’s better for most girls than it is for most boys)
- Justine’s thoughts on women’s history month mirror my own ambiguous feelings about “____ history month” or “______ awareness day.” I can’t help feeling that such carved spaces both highlight and marginalize the contributions of segments of our society. I find myself viscerally drawn to reflections like this one from Barack Obama (via Andrew Sullivan):
My favorite moment was a very simple one. [Obama] referred to the anniversary of the March on Selma, how he went and how he came back and someone (I don’t remember who now) said to him:
“That was a great celebration of African-American history.”
To which Obama said he replied:
“No, no, no, no, no. That was not a great celebration of African-American history. That was a celebration of American history.”
Speaking of Barack Obama, I encourage you to listen to or read his speech on race in America. As a member of a church which, like our country, has a difficult history with race — I responded to this moving address on spiritual, political, and personal terms.