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Fall 2020 | Volume 38, Issue 4

Navigating Uncertainty

If 2020 is defined by one thing, it’s the ushering in of mass uncertainty. Uncertainty about how to behave in the face of a capricious virus, about the future, about whom to trust in the face of conflicting directives. What happens when a society that thought it was successful is shocked into realizing that it can no longer assume an infinitely upward path of progress? What happens to human character when we lose confidence in the same? This fall issue of Comment is an attempt to explore these questions with both honesty and tenderness. We are seeking wisdom from untapped sources—children, jazz, mathematics, cultures adept at thinking in the present tense, refugees, the materially poor. What can we learn from these ignored sages, and from the biblical narrative of exile itself?

14 Articles In this Issue
04
Wisdom for the Wilderness by Anne Snyder

Preparing a new generation for uncertainty and flux.

08
Wisdom for Uncertain Times   by Craig Bartholomew

A biblical tour.

Wisdom for Uncertain Times

by Craig Bartholomew
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

A biblical tour.

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Deeper Still by Doris Fleck

Facing fear, chronic illness, and death throughout a lifetime of uncertainty.

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Grace Under Pressure   by Asher Imtiaz

A photo essay.

Grace Under Pressure

by Asher Imtiaz
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

A photo essay.

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Liberated to Play   by Stephanie Hruzek

Recovering Jürgen Moltmann and a paradigm for living into God's victory. 

Liberated to Play

by Stephanie Hruzek
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

Recovering Jürgen Moltmann and a paradigm for living into God's victory. 

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With Faith Like a Child   by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Learning from Jesus's nearest and dearest.

With Faith Like a Child

by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

Learning from Jesus's nearest and dearest.

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Through a Looking Glass Darkly   by Jessica Hooten Wilson

How (and how not) to be certain of yourself.

Through a Looking Glass Darkly

by Jessica Hooten Wilson
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

How (and how not) to be certain of yourself.

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Uncertainty: The Beauty and Bedrock of Statistics by Sarah Hamersma

Sometimes a bit of uncertainty can be a marvelous thing.

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Crisis Philanthropy   by David Weekley, Robin Bruce

Challenges and opportunities.

Crisis Philanthropy

by David Weekley, Robin Bruce
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

Challenges and opportunities.

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Leadership in Uncertain Times   by Ed O'Malley

The refining fires of crisis are revealing truths about human precarity and possibility that could be a playbook for “normal” times.

Leadership in Uncertain Times

by Ed O'Malley
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

The refining fires of crisis are revealing truths about human precarity and possibility that could be a playbook for “normal” times.

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Spiritual Practices for Public Leadership   by Andy Crouch

Guarding one's soul in and out of season.

Spiritual Practices for Public Leadership

by Andy Crouch
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

Guarding one's soul in and out of season.

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Seeking Patterns Beneath   by Debra Rienstra

Lessons on creative wisdom from jazz and its disciplines.

Seeking Patterns Beneath

by Debra Rienstra
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

Lessons on creative wisdom from jazz and its disciplines.

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Journeying from Fear to Love   by Hannah Marazzi

Journeying from Fear to Love

by Hannah Marazzi
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

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Proverbs from the Poor   by Jimmy Dorrell

Insights on living below the margins.

Proverbs from the Poor

by Jimmy Dorrell
  This article will be released for subscribers on October 29th @ 9am

Insights on living below the margins.

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