So you’re stuck at home, self-isolating, and wondering what you’re going to do to make Holy Week feel, well, holy! Where you might normally go out to church to participate in the stations of the cross, a Maundy Thursday supper and foot-washing, a Good Friday service, and the big finale – Easter Sunday service! – now you’re at home with your cat. The question has to be asked, what can we do at home to make this Easter still feel like Easter? Here is a list of activities suitable for folks of all ages that you can try to make this coming week feel special.
I’ve been listening to a lot of talk about Coronavirus over the past week and it seems like folks are either unconcerned, and bothered by how seriously it’s being taken… “Really? In Marathon? I can’t believe it’s not that big of a deal!” Or folks are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety for elderly relatives, neighbours with infants, and friends travelling abroad for March Break. The anxiety that surrounds disasters like pandemics can cause us to ask: Where is God in all of this? Where is God in the midst of COVID-19?
Recently a friend questioned how we understand rape in the Biblical texts, whether it is a sex act or an act of violence.
This is a vital question because so often we gloss over sexual violence in our Sunday and Bible study readings without a second thought. Yet, as a people called by the Gospel—a Good News of justice and liberation—how can we ignore something in our sacred scriptures that we know, in our guts, is so wrong?