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June 30, 2014

Reflection for the Week- June 30th, 2014

While there is a place for suspicion in our lives, it can often dominate and control our engagements with self, other, world, and God. When this happens, suspicion functions as a call to itself, and, therefore, one of the major idols of our times. Yes, I can hear you saying, “But suspicion is what makes critical reflection possible.” We sometimes assume suspicion keeps us safe and provides us with a space to dwell, without having to commit or needing to participate in something that might threaten the status quo. Yet, this is far from the truth. Trust is integral to our essence and identity. Breaking through the walls of suspicion, which condemn us to be unknown and unloved, is a revolutionary orientation that marks us out for the economy of gift, where the desire to be known and loved is understood, applauded, and welcomed.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 23, 2014

Reflection for the Week- June 23rd, 2014

Human beings are interpreters of and interpreted by God, nature, other, and Scripture. The biblical text, for example, will not magically interpret itself. We’re going to have to work at better interpreting it and recognizing the challenging ways that we are interpreted by it. If we never seriously engage the text, yet expect it to somehow make sense to us, we will spend a lot of time floundering around in the non-sense of our own making, instead of connecting to the characters and plot of the story.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 16, 2014

Reflection for the Week- June 16th, 2014

A voluntary decentering of oneself is not an act of self-violence, but an appropriate response to God. Through this life long task and vocation, one affirms, and not negates, one’s creaturely and salvific status, which indeed is a high calling. 

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 09, 2014

Reflection for the Week- June 9th, 2014

The “all’s” or “nothing’s” (like: we have total or no control of our lives) are illusions. Both require, of us, deep levels of pretending. We demand it all, and when we don’t get it, we embrace nothing. Tenacious attempts to have closure and completeness fail, and we therefore fall again and again into the void. Yet, and the point is, we’re just not the kinds of selves that can attain or be resigned to either of these fantasies. What is true and full of life is most frequently found somewhere in the middle, not on an extreme or pole. Thus, figuring it out is far from a done deal. Admitting this puts us in a position where the real work begins concerning how to be and how to live in a complex world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 02, 2014

Reflection for the Week- June 2nd, 2014

A dual allegiance to trust and suspicion is a crucial dynamic for moving towards truer selfhood. Yet, the major difficulty is that these essential dimensions of being human are all too often oriented in unhelpful directions. This produces confusion, instead of clarity. When we should be suspicious of ourselves, were not, and when we should trust ourselves, we don’t. Embracing the fallacy of being self-referential selves will not give us much help on this, so we need other informers, including the biblical text and the natural world, to pave the way. Our call to being truer selves is not a monologue, but a dialogical and relational destiny.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery