Teaching's over in exactly one week. I look forward to the faculty reemerging from having been swallowed whole by the course.
elliptical, interval program:
1mi @ 11:35min
2mi @ 23:25min
2.55mi @ 30min
On one of the tv screens at the gym this morning I saw "and baby makes 20: the return of the Duggans" (TODAY). I cringed, of course, but I also thought about how sk8eeyore's been posting excerpts from Amy Laura Hall and such about being open to God's gift of life and not trying to control it.
Her posts are all locked, but I think these are the articles and interviews she's linked to -- all from Christianity Today unless otherwise stated:
- The Case for Kids: A defense of the large family by a 'six-time breeder.' by Leslie Leyland Fields | posted 8/01/2006 12:00AM
- Unwanted Interruptions: Why is our culture so hostile to children-inside and outside the womb? An interview with theological ethicist Amy Laura Hall | posted 7/01/2004 12:00AM
- A Hard Pill to Swallow: How the tiny tablet upset my soul. by Agnieszka Tennant | posted 5/09/2008 10:17AM
- An Interview with Amy Laura Hall by Chris Keller (October 4, 2004 - TheOtherJournal.com)
Now, I'm the first to assert that I'm a self-centered control freak, and I'm really generally okay with that. Plus, I worry that this way of thinking leads to Christian Scientist kind of ideas about rejecting modern medicine because it's all about God's will and just generally giving up the agency that I think God meant for us to have. I think God gave us brains so that we would use them -- though of course I don't think that means that anything humans invent or think up is automatically God-ordained; I just get tetchy around the idea that unnatural=bad (a compelling argument for the lack of powerful and loving God is the fact that for most of history, and even today, people die/d of things humans have since learned how to treat/prevent cheaply and easily -- Mother Nature sends her children to play in traffic, yo).
I also think that one can be open to how children will change your life dramatically and unpredictably and will often refuse to live in to your expectations while still taking measures to only have a certain number of children. A desire to control the process to some extent does not necessarily mean a desire to control the process wholly.
However, I was thinking about group last night (Luke 6:27-36, Love Your Enemies & Luke 6:37-38, Judge Not) and what Trelawney said about generosity.
And also, I just tend to be sympathetic to conservative views -- even while I often facepalm and back away when reading conservatives.
Speaking of strange bedfellows or whatever, in that last link, Amy Laura Hall says, "The whole term responsible parenthood is also historical, and that comes up around the 20's and 30's with the American Eugenics movement, which tried to forge a distinction between responsible and appropriate family forms, and irresponsible families. The argument went that with too many children one couldn't provide for them in a way that would be responsible. [...]," and, unsurprisingly, my reaction was, "But if you can't provide for your children in a responsible manner, you shouldn't be having children!" Yes, I am a hard-hearted pragmatist.
I love this bit from the end of that last-linked interview with Amy Laura Hall (in which she's talking about the banquet passage in Luke -- my response was of course, "which banquet passage in Luke?" but I assume she means Luke 14: 7-24):
This is something that my students get more riled up about than any other topic that I bring up. I swear, in some ways, abortion and homosexuality are less contentious among my students than the issue of what kind of wedding to have, what kind of wedding banquet to plan. The way that young Protestant couples plan their weddings bodes very ill for the kind of family they are hoping to become. You watch what a wedding is often about these days -- it is about displaying one's wealth to those one is eager to impress. If you think instead about the scriptural wedding itself, about being the open banquet that one hopes one's marriage will be, I think weddings would look a lot different than they do. I think they would be on a Sunday morning service where everyone is invited. I think they would look more like a potluck than the kind of catered extravagances toward which even the middle class is climbing. I think the image of the banquet where the blind and the lame are invited, and those who cannot repay us, that image would be one in which to start a marriage.***
I was browsing Christianity Today [which I hadn't realized until today is "a magazine of evangelical conviction"] online ('cause I remembered that someone on Sunday had mentioned that Will got quoted) and I saw a a link to a blogpost about evangelicals and the GLBT Day of Silence. It included:
In addition to boycott, protest, and the creation of an alternative, the Day of Silence saw another response from evangelical Christians--participation. The Golden Rule Pledge is promoted by Grove City College Psychology Professor Warren Throckmorton as an option for "straight Christian and conservative students [who] are conflicted about this day. They do not affirm homosexual behavior but they also loathe disrespect, harrassment or violence toward any one, including their GLBT peers." This response urges Christian students to act in accordance with the message on the cards they are urged to give out:I clicked on that last link, and one thing that I found interesting as I was reading that student's account is how much aversion I felt. I kept thinking, "I don't want you on my side. You may love GLBT persons as human beings, but you think their sexual orientation and/or gender identity are unhealthy like unto alcoholism or something." This was very weird to me, as usually I'm That Girl pointing out to liberals that so many of the conservatives have good hearts and don't necessarily think that GLBT persons are inherently horrible, and I truly believe that the "God hates fags" people are anomalies. So I should be all about people coming together and agreeing that while we may disagree, hateful attitudes are never appropriate. Possibly my aversion came from some sense that the evangelical participants were co-opting/diluting/tainting the intended message of the Day of Silence? I'm honestly not sure.This is what I'm doing:The Golden Rule Pledge website features first-hand accounts from Christian students who participated in this year's Day of Silence, including Jordyne Krumroy of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, who convinced ASU's Campus Crusade and InterVarsity Fellowship ministries to support Christian students such as her who chose to duct tape their mouths shut for a day.
I pledge to treat others the way I want to be treated.
Will you join me in this pledge?
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31).
However, I really loved the ending:
I have to tell you about how I felt yesterday walking around in silence with duct tape. I felt humiliated at times, and other times proud. You see, everywhere I went, people stared. I felt like a leper, completely stigmatized from people. In fact, I was experiencing what the LGBT community has experienced for decades.
As I was walking to my dorm, I realized why 30% of LGBT students report having missed one or more days of school per year out of fear. Walking by a dorm, someone opened their window and yelled a derogatory statement to me. I was scared. There was such anger in his voice that I was fearful to walk by the dorm again later that day. I was reminded of Lawrence King, a 14 year old who was murdered because of his homosexuality just two months ago.
Yesterday was amazing. The best day of the year by far. The truth is, this group has been disappointed by the church. I know that as people read that, some will become angry with me. 'Not my church' they will say. But when "Christians" hold signs on campus that read, " God hates Fags." and "fags burn in hell," the LGBT community associates that with Christianity. Many people have told me that they have never said anything derogatory to the gay community, but the problem is they haven't said anything at all. You see, half of the church is screaming hate at them, and the other half is silent. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that silence is powerful. The failure to not say anything, has said a lot.