THE SOUND OF GOD'S VOICE?
Do you know what God sounds like? People who buy a new audio Bible product will discover that God sounds just like actor Samuel L. Jackson. Is that the voice you imagine when thinking about God? Or is "voice" too much of a human construct to assign to God?
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REMEMBERING THE NAZI OLYMPICS
As plans for Hitler's "Final Solution" to wipe out European Jewry were in the incubation stage, Nazi Germany hosted the 1936 Oympic Games.
It was a remarkable event, which Hitler and his stooges used to try to convince the world of the power and longevity of the Third Reich and of the value of his racist theories about Aryans.
But 70 years after those Berlin games, it's easy to forget how it all came down and how so many countries missed a chance to form a united front against Nazism's diabolical schemes and ideas.
But the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will be sponsoring an exhibition about the 1936 Olympics from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The "Opening Ceremonies" will take place July 31 as a fund-raiser. Then the exihibit will be open to the public Aug. 1 through Nov. 26 at the Changing Gallery of the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., in Kansas City. To prepare yourself a little to see the exhibit, click here for the U.S. Holocaust Museum's Web presentation about it.
If you live in the Kansas City area or plan to be near here while the exhibit is on, I recommend it. I've never been disappointed in any exhibit the U.S. Holocaust Museum has sponsored. I was last at that museum in April, and if you've never been there, please put it high on your priority list.
Hitler's insane plan was to destroy the Jews. It nearly worked. We simply cannot forget how it happened and, thus, what we must do to make sure it never happens again.
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AND a P.S.:
I'll be teaching a weekend writing class Oct. 6-8 at the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in Bangor, Pa. Think about joining us. For a description of the class, click here. It's called "From Pain to Hope through Writing." In it, we'll spend some time thinking about what Christianity means by hope and then we'll go to those places of personal or collective pain in our lives and write about them, remembering what it means to have hope. We'll also share some of that writing with each other. Writing about pain can be a healing process as we write toward the light. The weekend begins with a Friday evening dinner and session and ends with lunch on Sunday. An Autumn weekend in the Poconos spent with words. What could be better? Hope to see you there.