Citizenship

Duane Shank 7-22-2011

1100722-duaneshankMy office has two overflowing bookshelves, with more books stacked on top and on the windowsill. But above my desk within easy reach is a small shelf. On it I keep those books I most regularly use in thinking and writing. Here are the top 10.

1. The Bible: What can I say about the foundational source of God's guidance in everything? I read or refer to it nearly every day. It was given to us "for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

2. The Book of Common Prayer: I am not Anglican/Episcopalian, but there is something in the formal prayers of the traditional liturgy that resonate with my soul. On those days I really don't feel like praying or can't find the words, it's comforting to have a place to turn for inspiration.

Our current practice in the U.S. actually reflects the earlier legal reality of coverture: In the process of the "two becoming one flesh," the wife lost her rights to property, legal representation in court, and even her public identity as her husband became the sole representative for the family. This combination of identities (or, rather, the wife becoming lost in her husband's identity) led to wives taking their husbands' last names. For me, losing my surname would have represented silent assent to this oppressive practice.

Biblical wisdom teaches: "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be." Such is the case with every child, every grandchild, and great grandchild -- those we know and those we will never meet.
Bryan Farrell 5-25-2011
No one delivers sad irony quite like the United States Military. Yesterday the U.S.
There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience.
Aaron Taylor 4-26-2011
Is the gospel about Jesus rescuing us from hell and transporting us to heaven
It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies.
Maryada Vallet 2-09-2011
The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spurred numerous 'calls for civility' in the heated political tension of Arizona and beyond.
Eugene Cho 2-03-2011
Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C.
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Kiran Thadhani 1-26-2011
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Robert Chao Romero 1-05-2011
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Heather Wilson 12-15-2010
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Sheldon Good 12-02-2010
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I am an educator. As with any profession involving children and politics, my job can be simultaneously grueling and rewarding.
Andrew Simpson 9-21-2010
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Crissy Brooks 9-20-2010
It has been one of those weeks. Everything around me seems to need fixing. First the shower backed up, and then my car broke down.
Efrem Smith 9-17-2010
I recently spoke to a pastor who made his case for not supporting women as senior pastors. "I've asked many men this question," he said.
Vincent Harding 8-23-2010
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