With Thanksgiving right around the corner, parents of toddlers might be looking forward to the holiday with a hint of anxiety tinged with their anticipation. Suzanne Ross and her daughter Emily use the wisdom of Maria Montessori and mimetic theory to help ease parents’ concerns and create a happy, stress-free day for their little ones and themselves as well. Happy Thanksgiving!
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
Suzanne Ross advises that the nightmare of continuous violence will end when we confront the terrible truth: the demons we face “out there” are mirror images of the monsters that live in our own hearts. Our enemies are our twins: sisters and brothers to us of the same God of love who urges us to reconciliation and peace.
In the video below, Kathy Frost and I make connections between Attachment Theory in psychology (her thing), the Montessori method (my thing), and mimetic theory (our shared thing!). We talk…
Founder of Mimetic Theory René Girard and educational pioneer Maria Montessori both evoke tears for the overlooked scapegoat, including children oppressed by adults who do not understand them. As we mourn Girard, Suzanne Ross reminds us we that we must also mourn our treatment of scapegoats, awakening ourselves to their cries.
“The truth about bin Laden’s death is that it was murder,” Suzanne Ross asserts. Perpetrator of violence are deceived; only victims know the truth.
Ever since Pope Francis addressed the US Congress, Suzanne Ross has wondered, “How do we oppose evil without becoming its mirror image?”
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.
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.
Become a Member
Join us in making religion reasonable, violence unthinkable and peace a possibility.