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Repaso: January 11, 2013


1. Ken Myers on cultural preservation
I don’t often include stuff from the Weekly Standard here, but when they cover Ken Myers, which happened this week, I do. Myers, formerly with NPR, is the host of the Mars Hill Audio Journal, which I love.

Journalism, and spoken-word journalism especially, may be a wobbly vehicle for Myers’s work of cultural restoration. And while it’s been enriched in the last few years by Touchstone and Books and Culture and a few other publications, the field is still wide open. Most of the middle-brow secular magazines that Myers consumed in mass quantities as a young reader have gone the way of public broadcasting, letting the obsession with pop culture crowd out any cultural expressions that are more demanding and rewarding than Bruuuuuce and the thumping oeuvre of Easy Mo Bee. It’s strangely inspiring—and hearteningly American—that some of the task of “preserving cultural treasures” has fallen on a former NPR programmer in rural Virginia who fills his leisure time pondering old issues of the Wilson Quarterly. But then Ken Myers isn’t the only one who works in mysterious ways.

2. Practicing “stop-day”
Matthew Sleeth on “the only resolution that has been fun to keep from day one.”

What does the word “Sabbath” mean? It simply means “stop.” That’s all. The Hebrew people didn’t have names for the days of the week. There was one-day, two-day, three-day, four-day, five-day, six-day, stop-day. The fourth commandment says we don’t work on stop day. We don’t make our sons work; we don’t make our daughters work; we don’t make anybody in our household work. We don’t make strangers work; we don’t make illegal aliens work; we don’t make minimum wage employees work. We don’t make anything work, including the cattle and the chicken and the sheep. We stop. We cool our jets. We just idle our engines on that day… The work of our life is meant to be punctuated by rest. Musicians talk about this. They say it’s not the notes that make the song, but the pauses in between the notes. This rhythm is equally true for our lives.

3. Murder and forgiveness
Carve out a chunk of time over the weekend and read this New York Times Magazine piece on the unprecedented restorative justice process between families in a murder case in Florida. It’s simply a must-read.

4. The ascent of Barça
60 Minutes did a nice 15 minute segment on Leo Messi and FC Barcelona, including interviews with a number of players, a look at the club’s somewhat controversial way of bringing up young players, a dose of Catalan politics for good measure, and the possibility that Barça is not only the best club in the world today, but the best club ever.

Repaso is intended as a thought-provoking compilation of news and commentary from the past week related to the intersections of faith, development, justice and peace. As always, I welcome your thoughts on any of the links and ideas in this roundup!

[Image credit: “Rest Work (after Millet)” by Van Gogh via]

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Repaso: Free2Work, ethical travel, faithful city planning, Paul Simon on God, Native relocation

1. The story behind the bar code
I’m really encouraged to see this – Free2Work, an app that lets you connect the dots a bit and see where the product you’re considering buying came from. Seems like a win for those of us who want to support businesses that contribute to the well-being of their workers, and perhaps steer clear of the less ethical brands:

Be a conscious consumer! Learn how your favorite brands relate to trafficking and other labor abuses. Free2Work provides consumers with information on forced and child labor for the brands and products they love. Free2Work grades companies on a scale of “A” to “F” based on their efforts to prevent and to address forced and child labor.

2. Ethical travel destinations for 2012
Speaking of ethics, the Polis blog highlights a new report from Ethical Traveler, listing the ten most ethical travel destinations, “based on their recent record of protecting the environment, promoting social welfare and human rights, and creating a sustainable tourism industry.” The list may surprise you; six of the ten are in Latin America and the Caribbean.

3. God’s (unexpected?) plan for cities
Here’s another interesting one from the Polis blog: a podcast on the “undeniable” connections between faith and city planning and why those preparing for careers as city planners ought to study religion:

Faith-based groups rebuild areas after disasters, they develop affordable housing plans, and they help the poor. Additionally, social movements that have profoundly changed society, like the civil rights movement, were guided by faith. Yet planning education generally does not deal with faith… Should the study of faith traditions and values be part of a planning education?

4. Paul Simon on God (by way of John Stott)
Kim Lawton, managing editor of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, recently interviewed Paul Simon. The video is available here. In a related piece for Christianity Today, Lawton says Simon was deeply impacted by the late John Stott, who he realized was different from the stereotypes of Christians he had known. He said:

I was interested in speaking to the John Stotts of the world and other evangelicals because my instinct was that the animosity is not as deep as being depicted in the media, and anecdotally speaking, I have found that that’s the truth.

5. The legacy of Native relocation
NPR, as part of its series on Native American issues, has a new story on a little known bit of American history, and its legacy, this time in Los Angeles:

Los Angeles County is home to the largest urban American Indian population — more than 160,000. In 1952, the federal government created the Urban Relocation Program, which encouraged American Indians to move off reservations and into cities such as Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. They were lured by the hope of a better life, but for many, that promise was not realized. “The boarding schools, relocation — I mean, everything that historically happened to American Indians — continues to impact them today,” Carrie Johnson says. Johnson is part of an effort to help those living with the consequences of the relocation program and build a new future for today’s urban American Indian youth.

Repaso is intended as a thought-provoking compilation of news and commentary from the past week related to the intersections of faith, development, justice and peace. As always, I welcome your thoughts on any of the links and ideas in this roundup!

[Photo credit: Barcelona aerial, Aldas Kirvaitis via Flickr]

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Repaso: Warren Buffett, Guatemalan photography, 9/11 memorial, Leo Messi, and UK riots

1. Buffet: Stop coddling the super-rich
The impression I get is that a lot of ordinary people are pretty fed up with the nonsense that’s been going on in Washington lately over our country’s debt crisis. Our government spends more than it takes in, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that this isn’t sustainable or wise. Possible solutions would be to raise taxes or to cut spending, or some combination of the two. I may not be an expert in this stuff, but Warren Buffett knows a thing or two about economics, and his op-ed in the New York Times this week offers an essential perspective from the top that neither party wants to hear:

Our leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched. While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks… My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.

2. Guatemala’s colors, culture and people
I made another cool connection through Twitter this week, this time with Scott Bennett, a humanitarian photographer and Spanish professor based in San Diego. He has some really remarkable photos from Guatemala, Brazil and Southern California in his portfolio, and all the better when I found out he’s connected to the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, a group doing some really cool work. Scott has a slideshow from Guatemala on IGVP’s site.

3. 9/11 Memorial preview video
The blurb on YouTube:

On September 11, 2011, the 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated in a commemoration ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The Memorial design is defined by two reflecting pools, a grove of trees and the names of the victims inscribed in bronze. The reflecting pools are nearly an acre in size and feature the largest man made waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in 1993 and 2001 attacks are inscribed in bronze panels edging the Memorial pools.

4. Leo Messi snubbed by video game
Now that European soccer is getting back underway, many eyes will once again be fixed on Leo Messi, probably the best player in the world. Interestingly, though, EA Sports’ new FIFA video game reflects what some see as Messi’s key flaw: he plays much better with his club Barcelona than with the national team for his native Argentina.

5. Abbey Road Riot

(via Whole of the Internet, HT 22 Words)