Our world is a mess of explosive social and political rivalry. Guest author Joan Cooney recommends the psychological and political analysis of Girardian authors who can help us recognize our mimetic impulses and light the way from conflict to cooperation.
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Many people decry “identity politics.” Rev. Paul Nuechterlein sees their potential as a tool for diagnosing cultural inequities and healing tribalism.
Afghan Peace Volunteer Dr. Hakim traveled with the Helmand Peace Convoy, also known as the People’s Peace Movement, to end the war in Afghanistan.
As anti-Russian fervor grows in the US, Mairead Maguire calls on all of us to pull back from the brink of disaster and work for peace.
In the era of “Me Too,” guest author Ruth Klassen Andrews discusses the need for sexual agency and, above all, forgiveness, beyond carceral feminism.
For the 12th anniversary of the death of Pink Floyd founder and original guitarist Syd Barrett, Your Voice author Fr. Jacques-Jude Lepine explores mythic and gospel elements in Syd’s musical tribute, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.”
The RavenCast is excited to welcome Erin Wathen, author of “Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality,” as she joins Adam Ericksen for a live interview on Thursday, June 28, at 6 pm CT. Enjoy the second chapter of her book as she explains the rivalry between women for power, status, and the very embodiment of womanhood and/or feminism as the product of patriarchy. How might an understanding of mimetic theory help us all to cooperate and create community together rather than compete?
If the “zombie apocalypse” is “people engaging in mindless consumption, violence, and lack of compassion and empathy,” guest author Shelly Johnson argues that this isn’t fiction, but our current reality. The solution is Love working through us to embrace everyone’s full humanity, recovering our own in the process.
Peace activist Cathy Breen is overcome with emotion as she contemplates 15 years of war in Iraq and the devastation, pain and loss she has witnessed up close. She speaks with families who fear that Iraq has been forgotten by the world while war rages on.
In Honduras, police and military repression, since the fraudulent 2017 elections, has been growing more dire. Ken Jones writes about a fifty-person accompaniment delegation which just returned from Honduras.
The Wicked Truth
The Thinking Person’s Guide to The Wildly Successful Broadway Musical
Employing political, social, and historical examples against the backdrop of the musical Wicked, The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things explores the ways in which modern society is not so different than the mythical land of Oz, challenging the very framework of our culture, our understanding of Good and Evil, as well as our sense of right and wrong. Written by Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross.
Tangles of Desire
In her second book, The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire, Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross examines the trials and travails of romantic love through the lens of mimetic theory.
On the page, you can watch videos, take a quiz, download music, read a chapter of the book, and discover your romantic pattern. It's wicked fun!
Illustrations by Susan Drawbaugh of Wee Five Designs.