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As I continue to explore the connections between art and justice I question the usefulness of the image of “margins” in helping us seek justice. The essay considers “white savior” movies, the parable of the good Samaritan, advent stories, and car wrecks. Related D&N articles: Art & Justice Part One: Inside Art & Justice Part [...]

Art & Justice Part Three: Margins

for previous posts in the Art & Justice series see: Art & Justice Part One: Inside Art & Justice Part Two: Imagining Justice The Lord, your Lord and your God, who contends for his people, says: Look, I have taken the cup of reeling, the goblet of my wrath, from your hand. You will no [...]

Some verses and prayers I practice before sleeping to let go of my fears and look forward to living tomorrow in trusting courage. You can find a downloadable PDF of the liturgy on the “Downloads” page. Related D&N articles on spiritual practices: An Examen of Rejection and an Examen of Acceptance Fear-Based Learning Forsaken, Afflicted, [...]

Releasing Fear: A Compline Liturgy

(Note: A downloadable PDF of the compline liturgy below is available here.) Compline is an evening liturgy, a prayer before sleeping, practiced by monastic communities. The liturgy includes an opportunity to reflect on the day and to set one’s spirit at rest for peaceful sleep in preparation for the next day. I’ve felt a strong [...]

DNPod 012: I Desired Dragons

A discussion of some silly sketches I made of dragons for my classroom meanders through my design education, ethical theory, and classroom management. Images referenced in the essay: Find the original blog post at DesigningandNeighboring.com. Support Designing and Neighboring by: Contributing a small amount monthly through Patreon. Rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes. Sharing the podcast [...]

I Desired Dragons

This school year I’m teaching five unique courses. I teach six different groups of students but that’s not what I’m talking about. Teachers refer to each course they teach as a “prep,” a different set of lessons, activities, projects, and assessments they have to prepare. So if I were to teach six class periods and [...]

The second part of a series on art and justice in which I briefly explore of the role of imagination in justice and in partaking of chocolate chip cookies. Related D&N articles on art and justice: Art & Justice Part One: Inside An Abundance of Time: Walter Brueggemann’s “Sabbath as Resistance” Lynching Today: Reflections on “The [...]

[find Art & Justice Part One: Inside here] All of us care about justice. We may not explicitly state our concern and we may not think too much about the grand injustices of the world, but if someone else takes the last five chocolate chip cookies and leaves me without any I feel wronged. It’s not [...]

As I write my fiftieth blog post a reflect on writing practices, faithfulness, and my trusty vintage alarm clock. Related D&N articles on faithfulness: “Born Again” Reconsidered Forsaken, Afflicted, and Waiting: An Advent Prayer from Psalm 22 Loneliness Among Crossed Arms and Casseroles Faithful Kingdom Work Justice, Peace, and Faithfulness: A Thank You Letter to [...]

Blog Post 50: Faithfulness

This summer my alarm clock celebrates its thirtieth birthday. Here it is, basking in all the attention it’s receiving in celebration of this big milestone: This little clock has a convincing retro digital display, glowing cyan proudly as it creates all possible digits with just seven interlocking trapezoids. The plastic on the top and sides [...]