Reflections from Seminary Students

Seattle Empty Bowls

March 16th, 2012 § 0 Comments

Empty Bowls is a grassroots organization formed for the soul purpose of fighting hunger across the world and was created by the non-profit Image Render.  According to the organizations website

The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

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Film Review–The Debt

March 9th, 2012 § 0 Comments

The Debt, starring Helen MirrenSam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson, is a movie that is not easy to forget.  Not only because it involves Jewish Mossad spies hunting Nazis in the 60’s around Berlin, not only because there are moments that are unbearably creepy, but because The Debt is a perfect recipe for reconciliation.  And yet there is barely an ounce of reconciliation or redemption to be found.

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Christus Victor

March 5th, 2012 § 0 Comments

Image from http://en.wikipedia.org

Christ Pantocrator mosaic from the Hagia Sofia

Our Theology/Ethics class has been studying and discussing different theories of atonement.  My group looked into the Nonviolent Atonement theory, which is based in narrative Christus Victor.  Almost all atonement theories have something beneficial to add to the conversation.  This poem is my attempt to bring out what’s compelling in Nonviolent Atonement.

Christus Victor
by Jordan Uomoto

To pick up the sword is to pick up a consuming fire
That spreads from clenched fist to smoldering heart
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The [digital] fast I choose | On developing a rhythm of sabbath

February 27th, 2012 § 1 Comment

Holy one,

You formed the cosmos and all that is within. You spoke your creation into motion. And when you saw it was good; we were good, you rested. You ceased. Help me to understand what it means to stop, to refrain from the busyness that has caused me to forget–us to forget–that you have called us sons and daughters–not slaves. Renew in us a desire to rest in you.

Busy and Proud of it?
I am guilty of speaking openly about my busyness.

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Downton Abbey–Series 1 Review

February 9th, 2012 § 0 Comments

Downton Abbey is an Emmy award winning Series from creator Julian Fellowes (Godsford Park).  The series focuses on a British family during the short years between the sinking of the Titanic and the start of World War I. The show is about the social and political entanglements of the Crawley Family, whose patriarch is the Earl of Grantham, as well as the extensive house staff for Downton Abbey itself.  Like Madmen, Downton Abbey is dialogue rather than action based and has a slower feeling than many modern shows.

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