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Recommended Reading for July
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award * Silver Medal Society of Illustrators *
* Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Comics Beat, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal
This “ingenious reckoning with the past” (The New York Times), by award-winning artist Nora Krug investigates the hidden truths of her family’s wartime history in Nazi Germany.
Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow over her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. Yet she knew little about her own family’s involvement; though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.
After twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn’t dare to as a child. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father’s brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier. In this extraordinary quest, “Krug erases the boundaries between comics, scrapbooking, and collage as she endeavors to make sense of 20th-century history, the Holocaust, her German heritage, and her family’s place in it all” (The Boston Globe). A highly inventive, “thoughtful, engrossing” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) graphic memoir, Belonging “packs the power of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and David Small’s Stitches” (NPR.org).
Last Month’s Events
Last month, I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the Edgewood Presbyterian Church. You can access this presentation on Edgewood’s Facebook page, available for public viewing, at https://www.facebook.com/EdgewoodPresbyterianChurch/videos/418528402552827
The title of the presentation I gave was A Preferential Option.
Thank you so much for your support that makes opportunities like this possible.
With much love and gratitude,
Director | Renewed Heart Ministries
Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts on Patheos
Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/
Peace, Be Still (Part 1 of 3)
Up until this point, Jesus was an exorcist or healer in stories that subtly call into question the social power structures and who they benefited and marginalized. But with this story, the author introduces a new side.
Peace, Be Still (Part 2 of 3)
Superiority, supremacy, exceptionalism, and/or a “chosen” status’ have only proved to divide us within the human family. These ways of telling our stories have been harmful at best and lethal at worst.
Peace, Be Still (Part 3 of 3)
We don’t need a peace that is only a passive lull in our struggle for equality. We need a peace that is the fruit of an established justice; not a stilling of the voice of those crying out for justice that we need; we need a stilling of the forces that threaten those lives daily.
A Preferential Option for the Excluded (Part 1 of 3)
The contrasting social locations of these recipients of Jesus’ work is one of the most consequential comparisons for our justice work today.
A Preferential Option for the Excluded (Part 2 of 3)
But the story actually prioritizes and centers this marginalized woman over the named, male, synagogue leader.
A Preferential Option for the Excluded (Part 3 of 3)
“In the end, both parties receive what they need. But to arrive there, Jesus chose a preferential option for a nameless woman forced to live on the outside of her community, over prioritizing the named leader that typically would have received the priority over others.”
A Community of Dependence and Connectedness (Part 1 of 3)
“What does it actually mean for the empire of God to come? It begins with a knock at the door. On the stoop stand two itinerant beggars, with no purse, no knapsack, no shoes, no staff.”
A Community of Dependence and Connectedness (Part 2 of 3)
In our context, American capitalistic individualism and independence, which too often masquerade as freedom, dependence as a good thing and a life-giving ethic for human thriving may be a bit difficult to get our minds around.
A Community of Dependence and Connectedness (Part 3 of 3)
We take responsibility for taking care of one another, not to establish dependency, but because we already are dependent on one another.
Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights
Each Wednesday evening, Glendale City Church will be hosting a Zoom-HeartGroup led by Herb Montgomery. Our discussion each week will focus on the content in Renewed Heart Ministries’ weekly eSight articles and the Jesus For Everyone podcast published each Friday. The time of each Zoom session will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific/10:00 p.m. Eastern.
For more information and for the link to participate each week, contact RHM here.
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