Blog


Healing the Spiritual Pain of America: We Need a New Common Narrative of Who We are as a Country


9-15-16

Friends: Our daughter, Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy wrote following article for Time.com on September 7, 2016. It is strong and clear and I hope my readers will profit from it.

 

How to Heal the Spiritual Pain of America:

We Need a New Comonn Narrative about Who We Are as a Country.

 

Over the past year, streams of commentaries have analyzed the ferocious and alarming combat marking this year’s presidential campaign. Few among them, however, include wide-ranging spiritual or theological accounts of what is transpiring. From where I sit, as a religious and spiritual leader, I see it as the manifestation of a profound spiritual crisis in our nation, one grounded in a deeply distorted view of ourselves, and our past and future.

 


Read More


Responses (8)

ShareThis



The Politics of Disarray: The Struggle for Truth, Justice, and Peace [7-22-16]


Friends:

Trump Wins, the GOP Gulps, Democrats Uneasy about Hillary, and Truth Twists in the Wind!

These are not happy times and they are dangerous times, even though they did not just suddenly appear on the scene in the last few months. All of us—whites, blacks, and browns—are worried that justice and truth have fallen into disarray and demons spew out headlines suffused in lies and fear. While it is supposed to be a common belief that we live in a democracy in which government is presumably accountable to the people, it actually turns out in our history that the people is reduced to some of the people.

In our recent history notice how the people have suffered at the hands of some of the people who have power. Violence and money are the tools of the powerful some.

The war in Vietnam was an unmitigated disaster in which the hubristic politics of both Democrats and Republicans colluded in bringing about a war without peace that left over 58,000 U.S. military dead and over 300,000 wounded, an estimated 42,000 draft evaders living outside the U.S, over 1 million Vietnamese combatants and…


Read More


Responses (7)

ShareThis



Meditations on Sarah’s Dying, Death, and the Future [6-24-16]


Friends:

As you might know, Sarah, my dear wife for 58 years, died this spring on April 2nd. The three previous blog-postings on this website appropriately convey much about her long-term illness and the wonders of her life. Being at Sarah's side, as she was slowly dying from her terrible neurological disease, was sad and dismaying and devastating. It has always been a fundamental conviction of mine that Sarah was herself an unearned gift to me by the grace of God. I trust she is at peace now, unencumbered by a suffering body and soul, and embraced by God's grace.

But I now seem possessed by a profound emptiness and incessant struggle to keep happy-memories alive and truth-bearing.

I am thankful for the many letters, cards, and notes—over 700—sent to me and our family celebrating Sarah's life and her inspiring gifts to them, even as they felt a deep grief and loss at her dying. It is also gratifying that so many friends have contributed to the endowment fund in her and my honor at Christian Theological Seminary

I now live alone in our cottage at Epworth Villa retirement community in Oklahoma…


Read More


Responses (3)

ShareThis



A Homily of Celebration for Sarah and the Gathered [4-10-16]


A Homily by the Reverend Craig Stinson

on the occasion of the

Celebration of the Life

of

Sarah Jane Jones (1938-2016)

 

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly

but then we will see face to face

now I know only in part;

then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

(I Corinthians 13:12)

 

Anyone who is interested in history, even a little bit, soon discovers that what we were taught as youngsters is only one view of the narrative of what happened, and why, and how that contributed to the way things are today.

Many of us were taught one narrative about the history of our country, or even of the world.  Then, as we grew older, we were exposed to various revisionist histories… parts of the story that had gone untold, sometimes unknown, with a wealth of other characters, many of whom we knew little or nothing about.  Each had their own point of view.  And sometimes these revisions were a complete reversal of…


Read More


Responses (2)

ShareThis



A Daughter’s Eulogy for Sarah Jane Jones [4-8-16 ]


 A Daughter's Eulogy for Sarah Jane Jones by Serene Jones

Funeral Service April 5th, 2016

(Also the 58th Wedding Anniversary of Joe and Sarah)

Southern Hills Christian Church, Edmond, Oklahoma

 

Good afternoon:

It's wonderful to look out and see the faces of a lifetime’s worth of friends of my mom, Sarah Jane Jones, daughter of Peggy and Glenn Jones, of Oklahoma City.

There are so many of you here, including people who have loved her since her days in Sequoyah Elementary School and all the way forward to those who spent her final weeks with her in Epworth’s Household 4, the nursing facility where she lived her last days in hospice care.

You can read the facts and figures about her seventy-eight years of life in her obituary - and learn what a remarkable, self-determining, and vital woman she was.  And in those obituary pictures of her, you can be rather startlingly reminded of how beautiful she was, extraordinarily so, not only on the outside but also inside; she glowed from within with the warm light…


Read More


Responses (11)

ShareThis



Next Page