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Autumn 2009, Vol. 9, No. 4
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LOVE NOTES FROM THE EDGE
"Love notes from the edge. That’s what I see in the writings of this
Autumn 2009 issue of DreamSeeker
HEALTH CARE AND COMMUNITY
Mark R. Wenger
"I was stunned—and then infuriated. The voice on the other end of the
line represented a large national health insurance company. '. . .We
not authorize admission or cover the costs.'"
BY HELEN WADE ALDERFER
"That day lightening flashed, / even as the
sun shone in a clear sky. . . ."
TO STUMBLING TOWARD A
GENUINE CONVERSATION ON HOMOSEXUALITY
"I am in many respects an improbable, even inappropriate, person to
insert myself into this discussion. A gay man in a 13-year committed
relationship, I was raised and baptized in the Mennonite community,
more precisely the 'Beachy Amish' church."
Mary Alice Hostetter
"When I was five years old, God was all about love. . . .
When I was 25, I knew I was doomed. . . . When I was 36, it felt like
it was my time to be punished. . . . When I was 50. . . ."
"REALLY, MICHAEL KING,
REALLY": CONVERSATION WITH A MENNONITE UNBELIEVER
Michael A. King
"Come now, Michael King, what if there is no God? . . . Really, Michael
King, which fork do you really take? Really. . . ."
ATHEIST FINDS GOD YET NOT GOD
"By my teen years, the idea of 'God' had been buried under facts.
People who were rotten prospered. Good people suffered. Pets were run
over by cars. People implored God to furnish help, from ending polio to
killing Hitler. But God wasn’t listening or else didn’t care."
Beneath the Skyline
MY TWO CENTS ON A FLAT STOMACH
"But if your
gym membership is motivated by self-dislike and is part of an ongoing
quest for abs-glory, I suggest you pack it into the bottom of your
dresser drawer and find something else to do."
LOVING THOSE WHO GET MARRIED AND
"The apparent fine line between wedding toast and eulogy I seemed to be
happening upon was at first unsettling for me. Why should material for
a happy wedding speech also serve as appropriate fodder for a funeral
BEFORE REALITY TV: "THE TRUMAN
SHOW" AND "PLEASANTVILLE"
"But how fair is it to apply theological questions to a movie? Am I
reaching for what isn’t there when I try to observe theological themes
in a film? Am I guilty of a misuse of the art?"
World & More
WHAT YOU DON'T NOTICE CAN HURT
YOU: A REVIEW OF FOOD
IN DEFENSE OF FOOD
"If you can read only one
book on the subject, read the second. But the two together provide a
more complete picture. They show that corporations have taken over food
production in the U.S.—and that the results are not for our good."
BY KEN GIBBLE
"O that Charlie Oberholtzer / I
could wring his neck / she said."