As individuals who live and work in Williamstown, and especially as students and teachers of faith traditions that uphold the dignity of each person, we are appalled by the recent allegations of racial and sexual misconduct by the leadership of the Williamstown Police Department.
Each day I read the news reports, looking for clues to a better understanding of COVID-19. My favorite news sources tend to validate scientific research, while the national discourse seems to question the authority of science. This conflict is familiar to me.
The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, one of the two most important events in the Christian calendar (Christmas being the other), is both wonderful and challenging. For many, the theological challenges of who Jesus is (Son of God, Incarnate Christ, teacher, prophet, healer) are difficult enough.
During this past Thanksgiving, I spent time at a friend’s house, and one of the guests for one of these large Thanksgiving parties fancied himself to be a cynic. Very nice person, but don’t get him started on all of the woes of the world.
Please, allow me to muse about being a young adult in the Reagan/Bush years. I can’t believe I have become nostalgic for those years!
I was trying to talk myself out of doing anything for 9/11 and found myself still in a strange space still can’t mention her name still anchored to a subculture and a narrative beneath the rubble of crumbling institutions. I can’t get up, it’s an attack on powers that be, powers that aren’t me.
Welcome to the Chaplains’ Office column! We will be writing twice a month, offering reflections on spiritual themes that are inspired through our respective faith journeys and our engagement with thoughts and ideas encounter as people of faith and chaplains at Williams College.