“We are the willing participants in a strange, modern mutation of the ancient rites: our new High Priest[Obama] touts his Peace Prize as he presides over a small, elite force of combat troops who have become victim/ priests… willing to kill others and also to die to keep us safe and secure.” – Suzanne Ross
Author Archive for: Suzanne Ross
About Suzanne Ross
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.
Entries by Suzanne Ross
“If you are longing for an encounter with God,” Suzanne Ross advises, “… look to children. You will discover that the story of Creation is… a radically new kind of story that consists of an ongoing beginning without end.”
Radovan Karadzic’s guilty verdict for ethnic cleansing against Bosnian Muslims may have come as a surprise only to himself. But we would all be surprised to learn the true extent of our violence if we look past our self-justifying narratives, Suzanne Ross argues.
Welcome to the Raven ReView. Only when we change our view of ourselves and our violence can we truly change the world for peace.
Deborah Brevoort’s modern drama, exploring ritual, sacrifice, and the contagious contamination of violence, evokes ancient tragedy reminiscent of Sophocles. Come see AstonRep’s production of “The Women of Lockerbie” at the Raven Theater, and join Suzanne Ross for a post-show discussion.
“We are the fulfillment of all the child’s desires, but we have to forbid them to the child…” Suzanne Ross takes us into the world of childhood via her granddaughter Grace, helping us to understand how we are both the model and obstacle for our children.
“I believe that the most heroic thing the Spotlight team did was to follow their investigation beyond the truth they wanted to find. The discovery that Cardinal Law’s guilt was only the tip of the iceberg reveals that only taking down Cardinal Law would have been to make a scapegoat of the Cardinal to protect themselves from their share of the blame.” – Suzanne Ross on the Academy Award winning movie, “Spotlight.”
Suzanne Ross reflects on a question all parents struggle with, “Parents know that the worst form rivalry can take is the dreaded power struggle with our children. How is it that we can become so adversarial with the very ones we love with all our hearts?”
Paul King received the 2015 Raven Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment for his writing and direction of the 2015 full-length animated film “Paddington.” The film raises issues of immigration, fear, and the longing to belong without being romantic or idealistic about the problems faced by both the immigrant and the community which must choose to welcome or reject him.
In this video, Suzanne Ross explains the role of peer pressure in our lives through the lens of mimetic theory and Maria Montessori. Thinking about peer pressure as a form of imitation turns out to be a helpful way to understand the phenomenon in our children. But more importantly, it makes us aware that peer pressure can be good or bad for us and most certainly doesn’t disappear when we graduate from school.
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.
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