In the midst of home confinement and stringent guidelines to limit the spread of a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus, we were all left wondering if life will ever return to any semblance of normalcy. The deep-seated dread gnawing at our insides is not just a symptom of fear due to the menacing virus … Continue reading Hindsight is 2020 but Foresight is 50/50: Expectancy with Messianic Hope
Time departing toward the end of one history and the beginning of another. Or is it the same history, burdened to relive the momentum of actions past forever and ever? History, wandering aimlessly so, seeks relief from the end of all ends. “The end of history in the sense of the inner aim or the … Continue reading The End of History
is it that this next year is only next, the latest in a sequence of years, or that it’s just gotta replace the prior year, or it damn well better be different than last year? do we vote for different or replacing vs. embracingwhat came before? will this next new yearonly be new because it never … Continue reading what makes a year new or happy?
I live and work as a Chaplain in Melbourne, Australia. We have consistently been voted one of the most livable cities in the world, but 2020 has been hard on us as it has on everyone across the globe. In January our city watched in horror as an estimated 3 billion animals burned in bushfires … Continue reading All Souls and All Saints: Remembrance, Grief and Loss in 2020
Author Note: This essay will be part of a book currently in-progress. While not necessary, you can read Part I here. Modernity’s collapse and our collective thrust into the transitional “flux” marking today’s global insecurity surely suggests the need for a serious study of transitions. Navigating unstable times without a sense as to the “why” and “how” … Continue reading Liminality, Communitas, and Hope (Transition, Fear, and Liminality: Part II)