5 (More) Things I Learned in 2010

See the first five posted earlier

… There are some things God can only teach us through relocating our bodies to strange ground, such as the Durham pilgrimage I lead each Lent with my church and my April journey to the U.S.-Mexico border.  I will never forget the faces of the six migrants we met in the Arizona desert and have often wondered if they are living or dead, including the pregnant 16-year old mother-to-be …

Bruce Springsteen is The Man and I wonder how I skipped over his music for 20 years …

The Lausanne Congress in Cape Town proved the time is ripe for a global reconciliation movement which stays deeply grounded in the significance of the Holy Spirit’s work in the local (local/global is more than a false dichotomy; there is a danger and temptation in jumping over America’s divisions to become immediate “solutions” amidst two-thirds world poverty).  We are at a crossroads in Christian history, a time we can embody a true global catholicity; my friends leading “communities of resurrection” stringing from rural Haiti to inner-city Baltimore need each other to grow into the full stature of Christ.

… When it comes to the U.S. economy, in the words of Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum, “A storm’s a ‘comin.”  Regardless of one’s politics, Inside Job, Matt Tiabbi’s reporting, The Big Short, and Capitalism: A Love Story tell stories of corruption, greed, and the exploitation of Main Street and the poor that have yet to be squarely faced.

… The fault line between Christianity and Islam and the U.S.’s booming prison population (nearly two million men and women) are two of the biggest challenges of conflict and social brokenness I know far too little about.  I am committed to learning about them in 2011 …

About the Author: Chris Rice is co-director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.  He is author of Reconciling All Things, Grace Matters, and More Than Equals. He writes regularly at the blog Reconcilers.

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