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Editor's Box | Digest: Articles 103 through 112

November 4, 2011 through January 13, 2012. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!

November 4, 2011
“A Home for Love” by Ronald Schnarr.
Ronnie Schnarr takes the fourth slot in the series on Women as Ordained Priests (or Not). However, acknowledging his current lack of firm conclusion on the subject, Ronnie sidesteps debate and takes a different approach to the subject. He paints a picture which conveys the beautiful blessings we might pursue by rethinking our priorities as a society.

November 11, 2011
“1. Ramifications of an All-Male Priesthood” by Brian Smith and Kristin Coffin.
November 12, 2011
“2. Systemic sexism in the Church” by Brian Smith and Kristin Coffin.
November 13, 2011
“3. Burden of Proof and the Status Quo” by Brian Smith and Kristin Coffin.
November 18, 2011
“4. Doctrinal Arguments” by Brian Smith and Kristin Coffin.
November 19, 2011
“5. The Role and Purpose of the Clergy” by Brian Smith and Kristin Coffin.
Brian Smith and Kristin Coffin offer a dialogue-style collaborative piece on the subject of the ordination of women in the General Church. Brian presents arguments in support of an exclusively masculine clergy while Kristin argues for the inclusion of women. The dialogue ranges over the five subtopics above. This is the fourth (set of) essay(s) in the series: Women as Ordained Priests (or Not).

November 25, 2011
"A Taste For Sweetness" by Alanna Rose.
Alanna writes about the development of taste in infancy - sweet first, and only later salty, sour, bitter and savory - and how this progression mirrors spiritual growth.

December 2, 2011
“If the Second Coming happened why is there still so much pain and dysfunction in the world?” by Ronald Schnarr.
Ronnie is walking a fine line. Informed by the teachings of the New Church, he acknowledges the torment in the world, yet finds a place for this agony within a benevolent perspective.

December 9, 2011
“5 Things to Consider When Introducing the Church (or any belief/topic) to Strangers” by Greg Synnestvedt and Alexis Leonard
Greg and Alexis offer clear advice for how to introduce the church to the unacquainted. They emphasize personal integrity and the human relationship, rather than focusing on the mere transmission of fact and opinion.

December 16, 2011
“Using the Letter of the Word to Fight in Temptations, Part 1” by Malcolm Smith.
Malcolm is developing his capacity to use the Word skillfully to fight in temptations. Part one of this essay addresses the power in the letter of the Word, and provides some doctrinal context. Part two? Well you are just going to have to wait!

December 30, 2011
“The Death of the Fear of Death” by Erica Hyatt.
Erica vividly describes the path of her life. She shares a delicate awareness gained firsthand - the resolution to an abiding question - what is death, and must I fear it?

January 6, 2012
“A Common Heart” by Chelsea Rose Odhner.
Chelsea writes of how religion, while becoming more central to peoples lives generally, is also the justification for increasing aggression between people of differing faiths. She calls on humanity to recognize our common heart, and shows us how New Church doctrine is uniquely suited to inform the growing desire for interfaith respect and love.

January 13, 2012
“Other Revelations” by Stephen Muires.
Stephen brings our attention to how the Lord is revealing himself to us, and to others, in the present. He challenges the notion that the Bible and Swedenborg's writings are the exclusive and static emanations of a God who only wanted to speak twice. The water is still moving under the bridge.