Life at the End of Us Versus Them
Cross Culture Stories
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Our present moment can no longer sustain a stable “us” versus an alien “them,” according to René Girard and Ivan Illich, radical critics of both Christianity and culture. The end of us versus them can deteriorate into the chaos of each against each or it can open outward into freely chosen communion. It is an expectant - and apocalyptic - time. How does one live in this strange, endtime world? As a wanderer in the odd, cross-culture country Girard and Illich have mapped, the author arrives at a surprising new place in relation to those who are his other: women, queer folk, refugees, Muslims, atheists, and Indigenous people. In this collection of essays, he blinks, looks around, and makes some field notes.
Marcus Peter Rempel and his family live at Ploughshares Community Farm in South St. Ouen’s, Manitoba. A son of Mennonite mission workers, Rempel has been a cross-culture kid all his life, an insider and an outsider wherever he lives. Professionally, he has been an occupational therapist, a mental health clinician, a hydro justice worker, and now a market gardener and pastor. Over time he has moved into work that is financially more precarious, but more socially and ecologically rooted in place. There is also more silence in this work than he ever knew before. Out of the silence first came songs, and now a book, "Life at the End of Us vs Them".
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