Ever since Pope Francis addressed the US Congress, Suzanne Ross has wondered, “How do we oppose evil without becoming its mirror image?”
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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 the midst of the Prayer for Everyone campaign, Suzanne Ross encourages us to bring our worst selves before God for transformation. Only relinquishing the desire to appear noble and instead expressing our deepest flaws to God will make room for God to heal us and the world.
“Perhaps our longing for authenticity in our candidates reflects our desire for a more authentic identity for ourselves,” Suzanne Ross opines. With help from James Alison, she shows us how to detox from the mimetic influence of the social other and realize our identity called into being through Love.
As the world continues to experience warfare in many lands, Suzanne Ross suggests a shift of focus will lead to greater peace.
Tensions between the United States are born not out of irreconcilable differences, but mutual desire, Suzanne Ross explains. We could mold that tension into harmony if we change our desire from securing ourselves via nuclear weapons to securing the world through relinquishing those weapons.
How do we solve the thorny problems of the Christian life? Jesus has given us a guide to interpret the law. As Suzanne Ross says, “When in doubt, let’s meditate upon the throne of mercy and see where it leads us.”
While the LGBTQ community and allies celebrate the victory of love, the recent SCOTUS ruling feels like a defeat for marriage equality opponents. Suzanne Ross suggests that it’s up to allies to extend a lifeline of compassion to those who consider the decision a loss, so love can win for everyone.
By observing her granddaughter, Suzanne Ross discovers a toddler’s nostalgia for simpler times.
Suzanne Ross answers the question is man inherently violent by gazing into the face of a child.
One reason I love having Bob Koehler’s weekly political analysis on our site is that he is an intuitive mimetic thinker. Just as Girard claims for mimetic theory, Bob’s analysis…
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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