“Imagine if Muslims and non-Muslims alike embraced the incredible witness to peace and nonviolence that characterized the first generations of followers of Muhammad.” Suzanne Ross will host Dr. Asma Afsaruddin in dialogue on Friday, Oct. 28 at 1 PM CT, and you’re invited to the discussion. We will not only imagine an interfaith witness to peace; with your help, we will embody one!
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
In this time of political crisis, Suzanne Ross cautions us not to elevate our own suffering above that of others. When we claim the mantle of “greatest victim,” we insulate ourselves from the needs of others, exasperating our divisions rather than healing. Here are 3 ways to elevate the political discourse as we guide our children, and ourselves, through these trying times.
Suzanne Ross was recently interviewed on the Twelve Enough podcast with Jonathan Malone. They talked about Suzanne’s book The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things, which explores the intersections of mimetic theory and the musical Wicked.
This Wednesday, October 12, at 7:00pm Central Time, Suzanne Ross will interview Dr. Paul Dumouchel on violence, tyrrany, and terrorism in the context of the 2016 election. “The global world is a world of global violence,” Prof. Dumouchel warns, and we would be served well by recognizing the new challenges that face those working for peace and justice. Don’t miss this pivotal conversation!
Whether or not “Birth of a Nation” actor and writer Nate Parker is guilty of rape or any crime or moral failing, he may still be scapegoated, Suzanne Ross explains. “If white America so easily condemns Parker for refusing to acknowledge his crime, yet we continue to deny the ongoing legacy of racism and its effect on African-Americans, then it may be that we are guilty of the very thing we accuse Parker – perpetrating violence and denying our guilt.”
“Am I a racist?” Suzanne Ross thinks the answer is usually less obvious than we think! But when we recognize how we are involved in racism or other forms of scapegoating, we learn how we can change the world by first changing ourselves. Listen to her interview with Melvin Bray on the crucial topic of race relations this election season, Oct. 6 at 1 pm CT.
“Mimetic theory is a no brainer,” states a student of Andrew McKenna, in an essay written within the confines of prison. The anthropological truth of mimetic theory, exposed in Scripture and expressed in literature, is deeply understood by prisoners. Suzanne Ross introduces us to Professor Andrew McKenna and his compassionate outreach to prisoners through his teaching of African American classics as they “unveil the sacrificial dynamics that propel myriad forms of racial oppression.”
“If you pander to racists, are you a racist?” “If you fall in love with a liar, is the love true or false?” How do we deal with issues of denial and self-deception, especially if we don’t know or can’t admit that we are deceived? Suzanne Ross explore these questions in the post-show discussion for “The Black Slot” at AstonRep Theater on September 18th.
Dr. Asma Afsaruddin takes up the issue of violent jihad and convincingly explains why such a belief is a misreading of the Koran. The Raven Foundation sponsored Dr. Afsaruddin’s lecture at this year’s Colloquium on Violence and Religion. We present her lecture her in video and audio format.
Do you teach undergraduates? Do you use mimetic theory in your course? If you answered yes to both those questions, the Raven Foundation 10th Anniversary Contest is for you!
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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