tr.v. sal-vaged 1) to save from loss or destruction; 2) to save discarded or damaged material for future use. Welcome to the blog of Katie Z. Dawson – United Methodist pastor and Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria in Iowa
I can’t deny that I am a fan of television. There is something about a 42 minute episode that pulls me in, wraps me its little nugget of truth, and then sets me free to think and ponder.
But it is not only about the creation of a shared story and narratives to enjoy. Woven into these entertaining episodes are also deep questions that we need to wrestle with. What is the nature of good and evil? What happens to us after we die? What is the relationship between science and religion? What can we truly know? Do the ends justify the means? What makes me a good person? What is faith? Where is God in medicine? How do we make difficult ethical decisions? What is family? Who is God?
Over on my other blog, I occasionally take time to write down some of the thoughts that pop into my head after a television show - but that isn’t the sole purpose of “salvaged faith.” So, I needed a new space to gab about those horrific and awe inspiring moments that catch me off guard from time to time. I needed a new space to really spend some serious time reflecting on the images of God and of humanity that we find on television… a space to navigate with others these entertaining, enlightening, and challenging stories. Let’s turn the dial… and begin!