Shadows & Dust / Vol. V, Issue 5

By way of introducing my latest reading and viewing recommendations, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite recent tweets. Among other things they’ve helped (re-)illuminate Holy Week for me, and have given new meaning to my celebration (with friends) of Seder dinner, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and soon, Easter Sunday:

From an @AJEnglish article on the death of Stephon Clark: “At some point you ask yourself, ‘If a system keeps on making these fatal mistakes, at what point is the system disqualified? At what point is the system evil?'”

From the Lexington Herald-Leader, on the #PoorPeoplesCampaign, the building of a “coalition of the rejected”…

From @KaitlinCurtice — “The #goodfriday message: People who make cocktails of God and Empire will poison everything” and “#MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)…Every day, indigenous women go missing, are murdered, are abused and discriminated against” in reply to a tweet by @dallasgoldtooth, “Stand and Demand Justice for #MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) and Survivors. #NoMoreStolenSisters” Personal note: I just watched the movie Wind River and learned that no official statistics are kept for #MMIWG. #Travesty

From an @nytimes article on recent video releases of police brutality against black Americans: “A lot of white people are shocked by what these videos depict; I know very few African-Americans who are surprised”…

From @Mikel_Jollett: “Dear white parents: You know that terrifying active shooter conversation you have to have with your kids that makes you feel outraged at how unsafe our country has become? Every black parent in America has to have that talk with their kids about COPS.”

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen — Highly recommend this book, especially for my fellow Coloradoans who live or work near the former plutonium trigger production factory at Rocky Flats.

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis — This is considered by many critics to be Lewis’s finest literary work.

The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings — A prescient look into the church’s past in order to understand the church’s present moment.

The Greatest Showman —My wife, Angela, LOVES this movie — she’s seen it four times, already. I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but now that it’s finally out at the dollar theatres, I think I might give it a shot.

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