(re)Imagining Reflection

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live . . . .
—Deuteronomy 30:19

This Wednesday marks another day of remembrance for the tragic events of September 11, 2001. To focus our remembering, I offer a slightly different tact for this week’s iChapel, a mixed media reflection.

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First, I offer this image of a sculpture by Frederick Franck, a pieta inspired by numerous tragedies, including those resulting from the events of September 11, 2001.  The pieta is a modern interpretation of a traditional form.  Meaning “pity,” pietas capture that moment at the foot of the cross when the mother of Jesus cradles her dead son one last time.  This image reminds us all that in moments of personal and corporate horror and vulnerability that divinity and humanity embrace each other in supportive, sustaining love.

Second, I include a link to a brief audio file (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/audioitem/13) reflecting on the role of poetry as a medium helping to articulate our emotive responses to the events of that Tuesday morning 12 years ago.  That file, also, contains readings of two poems, one emergent from the tragedy itself, the other more commentary on life and suffering.

Finally, consider reading and listening to reflections on 9/11 by Stanley Hauerwas, one of the preeminent Christian theologians in America, today (http://abstractcathedral.com/2011/09/stanley-hauerwas-writing-on-the-10th-anniversary-of-911/). In Hauerwas’ presentations, he ponders how people of faith might learn to understand and respond to those events.

When you have a chance, take a moment to reflect through this mixed media offering.

Have a wonderful week and see you along the way.

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One Response to “(re)Imagining Reflection”

  1. The image of the pieta is stunning and makes me wish I could see the sculpture. 11 September is a day to remember but the pieta reminds me that empathizing with others’ suffering is what makes us human.

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