Do you remember the meme that said, “I don’t know what will happen in [x] years. I don’t have 2020 vision,” where x was the number of years until 2020?
How right we all were: No one saw this year coming. A pandemic threw the entire world into chaos and disrupted all our plans. As Westmont struggled with the legacy of racism in our institution and in our community, despicable violence by police officers against black civilians displayed the evil of racism on a national scale.
A Reflection on Stories
In the face of a pandemic, or a crisis, my story takes a new turn. How do I thrive in this new environment? I need to redefine my structures of purpose and relationships in the context of God’s greater story, our local communities, and the church. Through a series of experiences with Urban Initiative (UI), I was once again reminded that prayer changes things and I can trust in God’s daily redemption.
Our Search for Justice seen through Von Trier’s "Antichrist"
A few months ago, my roommate was out of town and I was feeling artsy and a little pretentious, so I decided to watch the film Antichrist, directed by Lars Von Trier and starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Unless you have an exceptionally strong stomach and feel comfortable sitting in conflicting emotions, I’m not sure if I recommend it.
Ellie Ford: Bringing Hurry to a Halt
This is a post written by our very first guest writer, Ellie Ford! Ellie is a dear friend of mine, and she wrote this reflection about coming home from Westmont in Cairo all too soon.
Entering self-isolation straight off of a semester in Egypt is a little like running a 100-meter sprint only to careen into a pool of molasses at the 75-meter mark.
Living a Legacy
Each time period leaves a legacy, and the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly make a mark on the habits of our daily lives. How can we as Christians respond in the midst of fluctuating circumstances that affect the globe? Zephaniah reminds us, “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves” (Zephaniah 3:17). Therefore, no matter what the circumstance, we can believe in our good God. With social distancing, Christians are all the more called to be faithful in community by being present where we are, praying earnestly and trusting God.
Maybe: Love in the Time of COVID-19
“I keep thinking of students who are in love…” Dan Chiasson reflects on college students’ pain during the time of COVID-19 in his article in The New Yorker, “The Coronavirus and the Ruptured Narrative of Campus Life.” For a few paragraphs, he mourns for those students who are in love, whether with “a subject, or an author, or a form of attention or concentration,” or another person. He mentions the loss of physical contact in a loving interpersonal relationship and the loss of the home that a campus can be.