“To Sir, With Love”?: On Grounding Protests in Skeptical Politics

by Brianne Donaldson The duty of tolerance is our finite homage to the abundance of inexhaustible novelty which is awaiting the future, and to the complexity of accomplished fact which exceeds our stretch of insight. —Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas, 65 As visitors filled Discovery Green in Downtown Houston on Sunday for pre-Super Bowl festivities,…

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Imaginative Justice: Summary Questions

by Brianne Donaldson This essay is one of a 6-part series titled “What is Justice?”:First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Justice seems to be a relentless exercise of moral imagination mixed with some blue collar repair skills to adjust the scales of well-being when they have fallen askew. The five previous installments have attempted to map out a…

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Advent

  by Ann Pederson Meditation on blue: (painting by Sheila Agee)     The winter night skies beckon me into their starry paths. I wonder where I’d end up if I followed them. Blue: midnight blue, winter blue, sarum blue for Advent: season of hope. Horizon: Where sky meets earth. Star Trek skies. To boldly go…

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Falling Process

by  Ann Milliken Pederson   We were meant to fall: never created perfect in the first place. Falling is what leaves do best when the season turns from the hot intensity of summer to the crisp, chilly air of fall. My hibiscus is still radiating with the warmth of summer even as it is brought into…

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Is G_d following or leading? Both/And!

By Dr. Arlette Poland Whitehead was ambiguous about time in many ways. It was not totally clear in his explanations about the creator deity whether that deity was the lure in our future or the nudge from our past. Many have argued for one or the other answer. Some have answered that issue with the…

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A Hearse On the Highway

by Brianne Donaldson The enjoyment of power is fatal to the subtleties of life. Ruling classes degenerate by reason of their lazy indulgence in obvious gratifications. —A. N. Whitehead Adventures of Ideas, 106 Today an empty hearse cornered sharply onto the street ahead of me, speeding toward the highway ramp. I could not recall ever…

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Can Prehension Lead to Truth?

By  Arlette Poland The actual occasion, as it is becoming actual, prehends information from the past. It determines what to eliminate or keep or ignore. It is as if the occasion matches the energy of the past and thus decides what to accept or not into its becoming. It is like an emotional response of…

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Social Justice: Making Visible the Unseen

by Brianne Donaldson This essay is one of a 6-part series titled “What is Justice?”:First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Social justice puts flesh on the bones of Rawls’ principles of fairness discussed in the last segment, bringing individuals and communities to life. Bodies and voices insist their way into the frames of our consideration in spite of their…

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On a Bicycle Built for Two—A Tandem theology

by Ann M. Pederson   The simple definition of tandem from Merriam-Webster.com: a group of two people or things that work together or are associated with each other. “There is, however, in the Galilean origin of Christianity yet another suggestion which does not fit very well with any of the three main strands of thought.…

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