Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2017«

Christ Actually | Notes & Critical Reflections

February 18, 2017

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James Carroll. Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age. Penguin Books, 2014. (352 pages) LA Times Review, ‘Christ Actually’ argues for belief through imitation by Scott Korb; America: The Jesuit Review by Kevin Spinale; Washington Post review by Kate Moos; Boston Globe review by Brook Wilensky-Lanford; NY Times Sunday Review, Jesus and the Modern Man; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ‘Christ Actually’ […]

13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay | Reflections

February 17, 2017

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13TH: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay – Netflix We’re all human at the kitchen table. – Ava DuVernay Our church has been going through The New Jim Crow for our book club, and I’ve been personally growing in my education on this issue, wondering, pondering, struggling, and grieving over what and how […]

Birth of a Movement | Reflections

February 17, 2017

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This documentary is the story of William Monroe (W.M.) Trotter, the nearly forgotten editor of a Boston black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban Hollywood’s first blockbuster movie, the later controversial The Birth of a Nation. I was struck by two main elements. One, that nothing has changed. The fight […]

The Big Picture | Notes & Critical Review

February 13, 2017

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Sean Carroll. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton, 2016. (470 pages) Prologue We have two goals in front of us. One is to explain the story of our universe and why we think it’s true, the big picture as we currently understand it. (3) The other goal […]

Finding A Way Forward: Mass Incarceration, Community Policing, & The Effects On The Family | Notes

February 10, 2017

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Panelists: George Gascón,  San Francisco District Attorney and former Chief of Police. Frederick Hutson, founder, CEO and Head of Product for Pigeonly, a service which allows inmates to efficiently and affordably connect with their families and loved ones. Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, who also serves as the Director of Urban […]

TED | Thordis Elva & Tom Stanger: Our Story of Rape and Reconciliation

February 7, 2017

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[This talk contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual violence Viewer discretion is advised] 0:15 Tom Stranger: In 1996, when I was 18 years old, I had the golden opportunity to go on an international exchange program. Ironically I’m an Australian who prefers proper icy cold weather, so I was both excited and tearful when […]

TED | Robb Willer: How To Have Better Political Conversations

February 7, 2017

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So you probably have the sense, as most people do, that polarization is getting worse in our country, that the divide between the left and the right is as bad as it’s been in really any of our lifetimes. But you might also reasonably wonder if research backs up your intuition. And in a nutshell, […]