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  • Race for justice of the peace stays peaceful

    The race for justice of the peace in the Kyrene District is, so far, peacefulIn a forum at the East Valley Tribune office on July 15 the two Republican candidates, John McComish and Darryl Jacobson-Barnes, talked about their experience, the role of a justice of the peace and ways they might improve the efficiency of the office. Whoever wins the Republican primary will face Patrick Murphy, who is running as an independent, and one of two Democrats: Elizabeth Rogers or Elvis Richardson, who is running as a write-in candidate.Jacobson-Barnes is a grass-roots activist and owner of All-Star Insurance Agency. She said legal research has kind of been a hobby of hers over the years, and she feels her extensive experience leading different groups in the community makes her a perfect fit for the job.“My experience is all over the map and pretty much fits every aspect of justice of the peace,” she said. “I have the confidence when needed to take charge and the demeanor that people are willing to follow my ability to take charge. I also have very sound judgment and the ability to look at all sides of an issue and understand all the consequences. That’s particularly important in insurance industry. It’s the same thing in the courts whether dealing with domestic violence case or orders of protection or search warrants.”McComish is retiring from a long run in the state Legislature. Most recently, he was in the state Senate representing District 18. He’s also a former small-business owner and had a long career in corporate America. He said he’s running because he was encouraged to but also because he enjoyed watching another justice of the peace as he counseled those who came to him for guidance.“I’ve been in a discernment and decision-making mode for quite a while,” McComish said. “I think making those decisions you have to decide what’s best, right and fair thing to do. That’s a discipline I’ve been involved in.”

  • SD 25 candidate Worsley talks economics, Medicaid

    State Sen. Bob Worsley addressed issues related to education, economics and Medicaid during a forum hosted by the East Valley Tribune on July 16.Worsley, who is running for re-election for Senate District 25, discussed issues that have arisen in his two years as a state senator. Multiple attempts to contact Worsley’s opponent, Ralph Heap, to participate in the event were unsuccessful.The winner of the Republican primary on Aug. 26 will face Democrat Steven Zachary in the general election on Nov. 4 for the seat in District 25, which includes a large portion of Mesa.The reason Worsley said he is running for re-election for similar reasons as to why he ran for office in 2012: to reduce what he considered to be a negative feeling in regards to the state Senate.“I wanted to see if I could change that chemistry,” he said, adding his goal this time is to avoid losing ground he and other senators have made at the state Capitol.Among the topics Worsley discussed was Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan, which he voted for in 2013. The plan was contentious at the time and has faced several attempts to block it by opponents.

  • Dial, Morrissey discuss job growth, Common Core at primary forum

    District 18 Republican state senate candidates Jeff Dial and Tom Morrissey discussed Common Core standards, Medicaid, job growth and legislative pay increase during a forum hosted by the East Valley Tribune on July 11.Dial, who currently is a state representative for District 20, said he is running because he is frustrated with the state of affairs in Arizona; he thinks he can do a better job than current senators and wants to make the state a place to grow a family.Morrissey, a former chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service, said he considers himself to be an ordinary citizen and an agent of change.“The change that we need to experience, needs to come from the bottom up,” he said.He added, “I know where the bodies are buried,” to describe his knowledge of the inner workings of state government.The candidates were asked to discuss measures aimed to accelerate job growth in Arizona. Morrissey said the state needs to create and maintain a friendly business environment and create a proper tax environment, generate better schools and eliminate the state income tax and corporate tax.

  • Senate District 16 candidates spar over education

    The two Republican candidates facing off in the state Senate District 16 primary discussed topics ranging from job growth to education funding during a forum hosted by the East Valley Tribune on July 9.Current state Sen. David Farnsworth, who was selected in 2013 to serve the rest of Rich Crandall’s term, is running against Taylor McArthur to represent the district that covers much of Mesa and into Apache Junction. The winner of the Aug. 26 primary will advance to face Democrat Scott Prior in the Nov. 4 general election.Farnsworth, who served in the Legislature in the ’90s, said he’s running to retain his seat because of issues he said are facing the state and beyond. “I think our country and our state have major problems on all levels,” he said.McArthur, who works at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce as its director of events, said his motivation is ensuring the future is strong for future generations, and cited a need to work on the economy.While he said Arizona is projected to be among the top states in the country in terms of job growth in coming years, ensuring that happens requires a reduction in government regulations, a reduction in taxes and the input from people capable of incubating economic growth.“We need people with the right background and experience, and I have that background and experience,” he said.

  • LD 18 Republicans focused on improving education, economy

    Republican candidates for Legislative District 18 come from varied backgrounds and experiences but have similar views on Common Core, Medicaid and the economy.All four Republican candidates, John King, Jill Norgaard, Bob Robson and David Pheanis sat down with the Ahwatukee Foothills News on July 16 to answer questions about these topics. Two of the four will go on to face Democrat Mitzi Epstein in the Nov. 4 general election for the state House of Representatives.LD 16 covers Ahwatukee, Chandler and Tempe.King is a Kyrene School District Governing Board member and small-business owner. He said he’s running for office because he realized while on the school board how much control the state Legislature had over education. When a seat opened up, he decided now was the time to run for the office.Norgaard is an engineer in the aerospace and defense industry. She has spent time in several companies over the years managing large and small teams and working with other companies on various projects. She said she decided to run for office because she wants to help keep high-tech jobs in Arizona and build the economy.Pheanis is an engineer, small-business owner and retired Arizona State University professor. He said he decided to run because he’s concerned about the economy and education and has solid ideas to help.

  • D-IV, V football preview: Seton, Tempe Prep look to keep rolling

    With the high school football season just around the corner, some teams will look to continue their run of success while others will look to regain it.Seton Catholic has been a dominant program at the Division IV level during the past three years, going 36-4 in that span. Coach Rex Bowser said much of that success is due to the continuity within the system at the school.“Our kids come in as freshmen and they learn the system,” Bowser said. “They’re not having to learn a bunch of new stuff every year.”That consistency will be put to the test this year as the Sentinels look to make it deeper into the playoffs after being eliminated in last year’s semifinals by Mohave Valley River Valley.Seton loses starting quarterback Kyle Johnson, who threw for over 2,400 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2013. It opens the door for senior Zach Wade to take over the Sentinels’ high-powered offense, which has averaged more than 40 points per game the past three years.Wade appeared in 10 games last year, completing 35 of 59 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions.

  • Johansson excels in 'Lucy'

    I'm a sucker for a film that shoots for infinity but barely scrapes into the atmosphere. I appreciate the effort and the willingness to do something a little different in order to bring a modicum of ingenuity and interest into a medium that thrives and lives on repetitiveness and creature comfort.Those are in part the reasons I can't stop thinking about “Lucy” – a cripplingly flawed film buoyed by the joy of its extraordinary ambitions and a cold, steady and all-in-all terrific performance by star Scarlett Johansson.Before he aims for whatever ambition is truly on his Kanye West-like mind, writer/director Luc Besson begins with the boyfriend of Johansson's titular Lucy forcing her to transport a briefcase filled with a mysterious new drug to the frightening Jang (Min-sik Choi). Because film logic is insane, the tense confrontation concludes with Choi surgically implanting the bags into Johansson and three other unwilling drug mules to transport to various ports in Europe.The insanity builds up when Johansson is beaten brutally while awaiting transportation to her destination, which causes the bag in her stomach to rip open and unleash the drug into her system. The result is a rapid increase in her brain power and the ensuing incorporation of hyper intelligence, psychic abilities and other superhuman abilities. She uses her newfound skills to seek revenge against Choi and spread her knowledge of the universe to Morgan Freeman, playing Professor Morgan Freeman (the character's real name is immaterial; all that matters is he's Morgan Freeman). She also meets a handsome cop (Amr Waked) during her abbreviated jet-setting adventure.I alluded to “Lucy” as a flawed film, and its blemishes are large and obvious enough to merit noting. The science behind the film's premise is idiotic (although it sounds pretty convincing coming from Freeman's mouth), and the special effects are haggard, sloppy and definitely picked more for their fiscal friendliness than quality. Besson once again displays his tin ear for English dialogue – a trait shared by other Besson films like “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element” – as well as a major lack of subtlety; the first third of “Lucy” plays like an extended stock footage show, one capable of making Ed Wood drool in jealousy.And yet, and yet, and yet. I have to use this refrain for “Lucy” multiple times to emphasize how much I admire Besson for his wonderment and his insouciance for taking an audience wherever he wants to go. It's a risky gambit, as putting Besson's name on a project as a writer, director, producer or any combination of the three creates certain expectations of explosive gun fights (or gun fights that end in explosions), stoic leads who speak only when necessary and economical run times – essentially the prototypical action film.

  • By the scoop: The best ice cream spots in town

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Since July is National Ice Cream month, here are the top places to get ice cream in the Valley.Sweet RepublicSweet Republic has been recognized for their unique artisan ice cream by Sunset Magazine, Bon Appétit, the Food Network and many others. You can try their yummy flavors like blue cheese with Medjool dates, salted caramel or Guinness at their original Scottsdale location, in central Phoenix (coming soon) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.ChurnThis adorable ice cream parlor (5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix) is located next door to Windsor and serves up many delicious seasonal flavors like vanilla lemon and peanut butter. Our recommendation is to choose two cookies to go along with your favorite flavor of ice cream to make one delicious ice cream sandwich.Melt

  • Waves, slides make Big Surf a classic way to cool off

    Summer gets unbearably hot in the Arizona desert. Even swimming doesn’t beat the heat, but it sure makes it a little easier to take. I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe and loved it when we got to visit the water park ourselves. Big Surf has changed a lot since my mom frequented it in the ’70s, but it still remains an Arizona treasure and a fantastic summer tradition.Big Surf’s main feature is its huge wave pool that unleashes a big wave every 3 minutes. The wave pool is one of the largest in the United States and is open to all, however, swimmers under 48 inches tall must wear a life jacket (Big Surf provides these free of charge). The wave pool was originally sand with a beach. I used to think that was so cool because it was like going to the beach without leaving Arizona. However, being barefoot in 110-degree sand is not exactly fun. Big Surf now has cool decking and a really neat system of paths with streams that keep your feet wet and cool.Big Surf has many slides to choose from, including some for the brave of heart, and an area of baby slides as well. My daughter spent quite a bit of time at the Tahitian Twisters slides. These slides are part of an area for smaller kiddos that is just north of the wave pool. The section even has a covered seating area in the pool facing the kiddie slides so parents can watch the kiddos slide from the comfort of a cool and shady spot.My son prefers a more adrenaline-inducing experience and his Big Surf favorites are the Hurricane Slides. I am not brave enough for this sort of thing, so I just met him at the bottom and snapped his picture. The middle slide is his favorite because it starts off as an almost straight drop down.Big Surf is not as big some other local water parks, but that is a huge plus for me. One thing I really love about Big Surf is that you can conquer the whole park in one day while still feeling relaxed and kicked back. Big Surf has a big and centralized seating area with grass and a great view of the wave pool. Other parks have sacrificed seating areas and open space in favor of cramming in yet another slide. Big Surf is good, old-fashioned family fun on a manageable scale, and it gets a big thumbs-up from my family.• Janice Stenglein shares about recipes, crafts and family activity ideas at Celebrating-Family.com. She also writes about life in the East Valley at EastValleyMomGuide.com.

  • Dierks Bentley performs

    Phoenix’s own Nashville star comes home for a stop on his Riser Tour 2014. Country artist Chris Young also plays.DETAILS >> 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $38.25-$68. LiveNation.com.

  • Quick look: New this week at the movies

    >> This information is provided in community partnership with Harkins Theatres. For showtimes, theater locations and tickets, go to HarkinsTheatres.com.A Most Wanted ManPresent-day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about him seems to add up; is he a victim, thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a British banker and a young female lawyer, determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit, who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe. Not RatedAnd So It GoesThere are a million reasons not to like real estate agent Oren Little, and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned 9-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor, Leah, and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart — to his family, to Leah, and to life itself. Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Paloma Guzmán, Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli, David Aaron Baker, Austin Lysy, Barbara Vincent. PG-13Come Back to Me

  • Worth the Trip: 2 reasons to escape the heat this weekend

    Dragoon: Garlic FestivalAn Arizona destination you may recognize from TV’s “Hotel Impossible” plays host to this two-day celebration of the odorous bulb that banishes vampires and bolsters recipes.The Triangle T, a 160-acre ranch given a crash course in creating a good guest experience by Travel Channel personality Anthony Melchiorri, is the site of the festival. Nearby RichCrest Farms supplies a variety of freshly harvested, Arizona-grown garlic and will roast elephant garlic on the spot.Activities include a farmer’s market and craft fair, live music, a saloon, horseback riding, cooking demonstrations, a Wild West shootout, and kids’ attractions like face painting and balloon art.The Triangle T was the site of famous Apache leader Cochise’s winter camp and the place where Japan’s ambassador (and his entourage) were interred after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Numerous films and TV shows, from the original “3:10 to Yuma” to “High Chaparral” have been filmed there, and famous guests include Gen. John J. Pershing, President John F. Kennedy and Johnny Cash.Proceeds from the event benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Make-A-Wish of Arizona.

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  • Flake to receive award at Gilbert Chamber event

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will receive a national recognition during a Gilbert Chamber of Commerce event on Aug. 5.Flake will receive the U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award at the Gilbert Chamber’s good government series sponsored by SRP at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse. Flake will also discuss a multitude of business-related topics at the event.

  • Company offers connection to Tempe businesses, clients

    Game show host Pat Sajak has started a new business to connect Tempe residents to their neighborhood.Called Great American Deals, the company operates a website in which people can link up to area restaurants, shows, shopping, health, wellness and entertainment options while raising funds for community organizations and schools. The company donates $1 to a partner organization in the community for every purchase made on the site.

  • Gilbert Chamber reports almost $3 million in closed business from referrals

    The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce recently reported referrals had accounted for more than $2.9 million for the fiscal year 2013-14.The almost $3 million figure bumps the dollar amount to above $7.5 million since the chamber began tracking closed-business revenue three years ago. Those results also do not include businesses that don’t report to the chamber’s referral groups.

  • Colliers completes sale of medical building in Chandler

    Colliers International recently completed the sale of the Fresenius Medical Care Building in Chandler for $1.725 million.This facility is a dialysis centre serving the Chandler area located at 912 W. Chandler Blvd. The new building sits on a 34, 848-square-foot lot, enclosed in 7,425 square feet.

  • Goettl hosting water drive for city, UFB

    Goettl Air Conditioning presented a donation of 75 cases of water to the city of Mesa and the United Food Bank as part of a water-raising event.The donation was part of a month-long drive in which Goettle will match all donations given to it in July. The company donated 2,150 cases of water to the Salvation Army and the city of Phoenix in 2013.Visit goettl.com for more information.

  • Pump prices drop by more than a penny

    The average price to fill the tank is down once again in Arizona, with the average driver paying just shy of 2 cents less than the week prior.AAA Arizona reports the per-gallon average has fallen to $3.553 a gallon, putting it right in line with the national average — which dipped 4 cents this week — of $3.55. Tucson has the cheapest fuel in the state at $3.373, while Flagstaff again has the highest average at $3.792 per gallon.The organization reports the decrease comes in spite of the recent violence in the Middle East, and AAA anticipates prices to continue to decline in the near future.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Free breast cancer expo in Tempe to provide tips, support for women

    A Gilbert-based organization has organized an event late next month to offer a plethora of resources and support for breast cancer victims.The event, My Hope Bag’s Breast Cancer Resource Expo, will have organizations like the Virginia C. Piper Cancer Center, doctors and surgeons on hand to provide advice to breast cancer victims and their families.“When women are going through their breast cancer, they don’t know the resources available to them,” said My Hope Bag President Sarah Ellery.The expo is an extension of what My Hope Bag provides women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as the organization provides bags with information and other items. Items include a notebook for journal writing, a pocket calendar, a back scratcher, a poem written specifically for the person and a heart pillow. The bag might also include a stuffed animal, slipper socks, healing oils and other gifts.The back scratcher is an item that has unexpected benefits for women undergoing breast cancer treatment and a tool some people wouldn’t think about during treatment. That idea of the unexpected parts of treatment carries over to the expo, as Ellery said some of the vendors scheduled to attend include air-conditioning companies, wig companies and a company that makes garments with drain tubs for women who have undergone a mastectomy.“There are a lot of things that come up that you don’t think about,” she said.

  • The Constant Traveler: The Oglala Grasslands of Nebraska

    We crossed three ecological zones, hiked over sweeping grasslands, descended deep canyons and went back in time millions of years – all in the course of under four miles. When it was all over, I turned to one of my hiking partners and said, “that was great,” and she responded, “one of the best trails I’ve ever hiked.”My hiking partner was not just any weekend hiker. Mary Berger, a long-distance backpacker, has about 17,000 hiking miles under her walking shoes including the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Coast trail from Canada to Mexico, so when she says the trail was one of the best she had ever hiked in the United States I listened closely.Where is this fantastic short trail? In the Rocky Mountains? Around Lake Tahoe? Near Moab, Utah? No, not even close. It’s in the panhandle of Nebraska near the small town of Crawford.If you’re thinking Nebraska, one long flat land mass with endless wheat fields, you haven’t really been there, at least not in the western panhandle where the Great Plains begins to break up and huge bluffs, massive rock monuments and canyons formed by ancient rivers scatter across the landscape. When you are in the Nebraska panhandle, you know the Rocky Mountains are not far away.This was Indian country, buffalo lands, where Dull Knife’s Sioux warriors escaped captivity and the place where famed warrior Crazy Horse died with a bayonet in his back while in the hands of treacherous American soldiers.Even before all this, actually thousands and thousands of years before all that happened, ancient, migratory peoples lived across these rugged lands and once a year about 11,000 years ago they gathered to slaughter bison at a deep spring now called Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Bed.

  • Keeping the Faith: Love shines… but not always succeeds

    Love others as much as you love yourself,” Jesus told his followers. These words are considerably more than a sugary Sunday-school story. For those who take these words to heart, “love others” has profound, life-altering implications, not all of which are warm and fuzzy. Consider the life of Bernard Lichtenberg, arrested seven decades ago. His crime: He loved. Lichtenberg was a Catholic priest serving in Berlin before the outbreak of World War 2. When Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power, he recognized the coming terror better than most, and made it his ambition to help the Jewish people and other persecuted groups.Lichtenberg spoke and acted boldly in defense of the Jews, and his repeated protests quickly landed on the ears of government officials. Then, as he knew would be the case, these protests landed him in the crosshairs of a Gestapo investigation. After years of tension, Lichtenberg was finally imprisoned for his opposition. During his interrogation Lichtenberg was given the opportunity to recant his words and change his ways. He would not. Rather, he said: “I reject with my innermost the [deportation of the Jews] with all its side effects, because it is directed against the most important commandment of Christianity, ‘You shall love your neighbor as much as you love yourself’.“However, since I cannot prevent this governmental measure, I have made up my mind to accompany the deported Jews and Christian Jews into exile, in order to give them spiritual aid. I wish to ask the Gestapo to give me this opportunity.” Considered irredeemable by the Third Reich, Lichtenberg’s appeal was granted. He was condemned and consigned to the concentration camp at Dachau. Aged, frail, and in a weakened state, Bernard Lichtenberg died while waiting to be deported in November of 1943.It is hard to say that Father Lichtenberg, almost single-handedly opposing the Nazi war machine, was acting in a reasonable or sensible manner. How could he, as one man, ever hope to achieve “justice” for the oppressed? What could one pulpit minister do to dismantle or otherwise deter such a system of death? Not much, except to be persecuted, imprisoned, or executed. No, Bernard Lichtenberg was not being practical. He was being love. Such love can appear like madness, leading the follower of Jesus into all manner of impracticality. Loving our neighbors as ourselves means we turn the other cheek when we are assaulted, we abandon the selfishness and power-grubbing ways of this world, we refuse to repay evil with evil, and we forgive others rather than retaliate against them.The problem is obvious: Loving and living like this will put us in vulnerable, seemingly defenseless positions. To willingly behave this way, in the “real world,” will only get us abused, maligned, taken advantage of, or worse. These “opportunities,” as Lichtenberg called them, clearly aren’t very pragmatic. Yet, pragmatism doesn’t seem to be Christ’s principal concern. We are instructed to love, following Jesus’ own example, not because it is practical, reasonable, logical, or the safest way to live in the world. We actively participate in this way of Jesus because it gives witness to the good and loving God of heaven.Not for a minute should we think that unselfishly loving our neighbors will save the world from all hate and violence. It won’t make our membership rolls at the church grow, get more people into the pews on Sunday, or achieve justice for all society. None of these are the point. We love our neighbors as ourselves not because it always “works,” but because it witnesses. Love for others is a clear reflection of the love of God – and that is the point.

  • Are you eligible for a new Medicare Advantage Plan?

    If you have Medicare coverage, you are probably familiar with a time of year known as the Annual Enrollment Period. This is a timeframe, typically from mid-October to early December, when people who are eligible for Medicare can enroll in, disenroll from or change their Medicare Advantage plan for the upcoming year.Once you select a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have a window from January to mid-February to disenroll and return to original Medicare. You can then purchase a separate Part D Prescription Drug Plan from a private company if you would like to do so.After the enrollment and disenrollment periods end, you are locked into original Medicare or the Medicare Advantage Plan you selected for the remainder of the year. However, there are some situations that may let you make a change to your existing coverage anytime of the year if you qualify.A Special Enrollment Period allows you to make changes to your Medicare coverage as a result of a specific circumstance. You may be eligible if you:• Are clinically diagnosed with certain chronic conditions.• Are just turning 65 or gaining your eligibility for Medicare.

  • Keeping the Faith: Hitting the road

    Here we are, deep in the Here we are, deep in the dog days of another summer. School is out, vacation days are being cashed in, and picnic baskets are being packed. Barbecues are firing, pools are splashing, and ice cream trucks are rolling. Meanwhile, thousands, yea millions, are taking to the great American highway.Seventy percent of the U.S. population will hit the road this summer — off to visit grandma, the beach, the closest roller coaster, or a national park. We just love to feel the breeze on our faces and road beneath our wheels. We can’t stop ourselves from being a traveling people. We always have been.In prehistoric times we hoofed it, walking out of Africa scientists tell us, to every point on the globe. Then we built boats, domesticated horses, constructed wagons, engineered planes, trains, and automobiles – not to mention submersibles and space ships – so that no corner of creation has been untouched by the human foot, it seems. We keep moving, rolling, and running, so much so that the theme song of human history might well be Willie Nelson’s, “On the Road Again.”True to form, Christianity is a fluid faith for a pilgrim people. It is a spirituality of sojourn, of “goin’ places that we've never been; seein’ things that we may never see again.” Yet, we don’t always understand faith this way. Look at how we have structured it, however, and it is easy to see why we most often view Christianity as an incorrigible, fixated fortress rather than a living, dynamic movement.Our doctrines, constructed and accumulated over thousands of years, stack up like heavy stones. They are unassailable, infallible, and immovable. The buildings that contain our worship services are almost always built of rock, granite, or the hardest and heaviest material we can find — and there those buildings sit in the same place for centuries.Then, try being an idealistic reformer who seeks to change a church’s policy or its strategy to meet the world where it now is. If you’re not taken out behind the vestry and quietly crucified, you will find that change in the church usually moves with all the terrifying speed of a melting glacier.

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