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April 21st, 2019

Oh Easter

Sometimes I am more strongly impacted by my Catholic upbringing than at other times. This year, with my dad's death in March, Easter has been frequently on my mind. While I don't interpret the Christian Bible as anything close to literal truth, I can see how aspects of it could have metaphorical value, and I appreciate thinking of this time of year and season from the standpoint of renewal. My father was a deeply spiritual man, and I know that he has found it challenging that he couldn't fully engage in dialogue about spirituality with his children. I still feel intellectually at odds with Christian religious beliefs, and that it would be disingenuous for me to act otherwise, so here I am.

Tangentially related, someone I know posted on Twitter about an interview from the radio program "On Being" that resonated with her, and that speaks about issues with Christianity's historical relationship to the environment as tied to colonialism:

https://onbeing.org/programs/wangari-maathai-marching-with-trees/

Powerful.

I am grading lab reports this weekend. Working at a Catholic institution, I am mostly just feeling a strong sense of relief around Easter because it is providing me with much-needed time to catch up on things. I hope that in future years I will have more bandwidth for other things besides work and rowing politics.

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