Monday, September 28, 2015

Wigo's Abusive Behavior is Coming Out

As most of you know, we had a scary and unfortunate bout with the enterovirus last year that landed Adelaide in the hospital. However, you may not have known that after we took her home from the hospital we were threatened, chastised, and belittled by the superintendent of schoools, Jim Wigo. He chose to use the school's robo-call machine to make slanderous comments about us and Adelaide.

It appears many people have been on the end of Wigo's  unprofessional and abusive behaviors. And now it is all coming out at school board meetings. Below is a link to Adam's speaking truth to power about the horrible leader of our school district.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope's visit elicits theological questions

Josiah spent last week trekking to New York City for the priestly ordination of a dear friend. In the midst of the liturgy, he leaned over to me and said, "Was Jesus a Jew or a Christian?" I mouthed over the divider and said, "He was a Jew."  He looked at me and said, "Oh, so he didn't even believe in himself?" I smiled and whispered I would explain the rest later.

In the last few weeks, Josiah has been listening to a great series called  "Stories from the Old Testament. He has taken away the story of Abram and Sarai as they became Abraham and Sarah. He knows that Abraham was the father of many nations. But, consequently he has been asking a lot about Judaism.  So many in fact that I was afraid people might accuse us of being anti-Semitic. He would wake-up in the morning after listening to the stories and say, "Do we know any Jews?" I would then have to list the people we knew who were Jewish. That satisfied him for a while, but then he interrogated every child at his older brother's birthday party

with, "Are you a Jew or a Christian?" 

To our ears, the stark questions of little people, especially around issues of faith and faith identity can make us very uncomfortable. After all, they are acquiring a whole new language and it is a language that they have yet to learn to ghettoize. They have yet to understand that speaking about God isn't polite conversation. They have yet to censor their musings about the Holy.  Josiah wants to talk about God and Jesus and Jews and Christians because he is searching for a way to articulate his relationship to God--and with others.

Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal priest and the founder of Godly Play, writes, "children have the same existential issues and fears that we adults do, and that learning the “classic Christian language system” as children is key to successfully managing those issues and fears across the lifespan." But, so often we adults retreat from delving into such playful language or conversation with our children because their thoughts push us into discussions where we feel we are not experts.  We feel uncomfortable with both the classic Christian language system and we feel uncomfortable with our children's uncensored questions. And yet what is most reveletory is that the questions come from a deep relationship and sense of the Holy--one which has probably been greatly diminished in our own adult spirituality.

So, our call as Christian parents is to encourage, and even elicit, these holy conversations even when we feel we have nothing to offer.  No matter the question or the inquiry, we have our body language, our posture, and our openness to just listening to our children that will continue to push them to acquire that language which helps them speak about the one who has called each of us by name. Just tonight Josiah threw another doozy at me, "Mom, did Mary have Jesus in her belly when God created the world?" And while I paused to think, I couldn't help but rejoice that my boy understood something about the complexity of God as creator and God as redeemer and the work of  humans in this great story of salvation history. And Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me."