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Suzanne Ross
Raven Foundation Founder

Suzanne Ross is a co-founder of the Raven Foundation and the author of two books: The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things and The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire. Suzanne is a certified Montessori pre-school teacher, a curriculum designer and workshop leader, and a former director of Christian Education at her UCC church. Her blogs also appear at Patheos and Sojourners.

Number of Entries : 189

Scandal in Indiana: Will the Real Victim Please Stand Up?

Whose side were you on in the scandal that erupted over Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? When Gov. Pence signed the bill he insisted that all it did was prohibit state or local governments from “substantially burdening a person's ability to exercise their religion”. Americans are all over freedom of religion, right, so what could be the problem? Well, claims and counter-claims ...

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Flock and Friends: Weekly Wrap-Up for the week of 3/29 to 4/4

Happy Friday, friends. It’s the week of spring break here in Glenview, IL and everyone is either on vacation, dusting off their Passover china or dying Easter eggs. Special good wishes for those observing the holy days of the Jewish and Christian calendars. In lieu of a weekly wrap-up, we thought we’d share some holiday songs with you – a little something to accompany your festivities. For Passover, here ar ...

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My Brainiac Faith on the Resurrection

For a long time I thought I was too smart for the resurrection. My progressive UCC congregation made a comfortable home for my intellectual faith – I wasn’t letting anyone force me to leave my brain at the sanctuary door. If my head couldn’t come along for the ride, my faith wouldn’t go there. And so my rational, scientific brain did away with miracles of all kinds. They were too easy to explain as metaphor ...

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Nonviolence in Action: Good News from Mel Duncan

We often hear from readers about the difficulties they face advocating for the power of nonviolence in places where faith in violence runs deep. It’s especially difficult – and all the more necessary – when the airwaves echo with faith in American firepower to restore peace in places like Syria, Iraq, or Ukraine. Faith in the goodness of America’s violence is matched by an equal faith in the wickedness of t ...

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Rape Culture on College Campuses: Advice for Victims

Have you ever blamed yourself for some horrible thing that happened to you? When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45, I immediately started to wonder what I had done to cause my body to betray me like that. Maybe I’d eaten the wrong foods or not taken good enough care of my health – I know it wasn’t exactly logical, but I needed to find a cause and “me, myself and I” turned out to be a conve ...

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Putin May Not Be Crazy!

Since the toppling of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by street protests just over a year ago, NATO countries and Russian President Vladimir Putin have not been able to agree on a basic point of fact: has Russia invaded Ukraine? NATO says yes, Putin says no. Putin’s denial of military involvement in the face of undeniable violence in the very regions that are strategically important to Russia seems ir ...

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The Vulcan Challenge to the American Way

The recent passing of Leonard Nimoy has got many of us reminiscing about his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan, Mr. Spock. I am proud to say that I am an original Trekkie – I was glued to my television set for the initial broadcast of the first episode in September 1966 and every episode thereafter. Mr. Spock fascinated me, as he would put it. He was perpetually at war with himself, constantly workin ...

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Netanyahu Goes to Washington: A Tale of Insults And Wounded Pride

One solid plank of American foreign policy has been unflinching bipartisan support for Israel. Our motto has been to protect, support, and steadfastly defend Israel in the face of any threat and most importantly to forgive any moral misjudgments as aberrations born of fear and not evidence of an essential flaw. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress has turned this ...

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Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day with the Wicked Truth About Love: Part 6, Custodian

I’d like to end my series on the obstacles to love with a few last thoughts about what love is. We’ve been talking about obstacles to love as tangled patterns of desire and then trying to get ourselves untangled by learning that desire itself is triangular (we learn what to desire by imitating the desires of others).  We looked at five different patterns of desire to better understand how the triangle of de ...

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Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day with the Wicked Truth About Love: Part 5, Sidekick

In my book, “The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire”, I identified 5 obstacles or “tangles” that trip us in our love relationships. In previous blogs, I’ve given an overview of the Best Friend Forever, Celebrity Chef, Super Hero and Rock Star tangles. Today’s article is about the last tangle in my book. On Friday, the day before Valentine’s Day, I’ll explore what it looks like to get untangled a ...

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