The violence displayed at the recent protest on the steps of the Richmond Town Hall demonstrates the care that needs to be taken in the way we speak and think about the nature of Islam and issues of culture, immigration and terrorism that can be associated with this great religious tradition. An anti-Islamic group, the United Patriot Front and anti-racist protesters were embroiled in an ugly confrontation as police tried to keep the two groups apart. Islam is a major force in the political and cultural, as well as religious, arenas and so it is important that we have an understanding of it as global power.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
One of my favourite contemporary spiritual writers is Joan Chittister. I recently read a piece that seemed quite apt for this time of year. She wrote:
Winter is a lesson about the fine art of loss and growth. Its lesson is clear: there is only one way out of struggle and that is by going into the darkness, waiting for the light and being open to new growth.