THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH
”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
Photo by Craig Fildes at Flickr. Creative Commons License
Greetings from New England! Let the fireworks begin!
If Robert Jeffress can set them off in church, well then why in the world can’t we have them at a Saturday Brunch?
Today, as this nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, we’re going to have a special “America First” edition of the Saturday Brunch.
By that, I mean I’d like all of the comments and discussion today to focus on your sense of the state of things in the good ol’ USA.
Let me explain:
As carefully and clearly as possible, give us some of your thoughts about what you see happening in our country today — good or bad, moving in the right direction or not, better off than before or worse off, things that give you hope or things that give you ulcers, etc.
I really don’t want this to become a piling on contest of criticism about any one particular aspect of American life today. So, for example, state your perspective on something, say, the state of the economy, your hopes and fears for young people growing up, what the present and future looks like for our rural areas/small towns/cities/different regions of the country, your thoughts about the health of churches, schools, the arts, civic organizations, and other institutions, what you have observed people of different races, ethnicities, language groups, cultural experiences, and lifestyle patterns are feeling and saying these days, and the role the U.S. is playing in the world or the role we should/should not play.
You who live outside the U.S., please contribute your perspectives as well.
Let’s not focus our attention, say, on President Trump or another individual, or one specific piece of legislation, even one political party or group. I want this to be a more general exercise of observation and discussion about hopes and dreams, fears and anxieties, things you love and cherish and things that drive you crazy and make you feel like we’re driving off a cliff. Of course, we will certainly be drawn to mention some specifics, but do your best to use those to bring us back to the bigger picture you are trying to describe.
I will be in Providence, Rhode Island, accompanying a group of young people on a mission trip to serve some folks in the city today and throughout the week. I may not be as able to participate in the conversations much, and it may take a little longer to clear held comments from the filters. Please be patient.
The table is yours. Use your opportunity well.
Let the following anthem set our theme today. Note: in using this song, it is not my intention to draw attention to Bernie Sanders or his policies! ????
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Statue of Liberty Photo by Dan Deluca at Flickr. Creative Commons License