Monday, December 14, 2015

The Atlantic: No, Suicides Don't Rise During the Holidays

People are not more likely to kill themselves in the winter. The media’s insistence to the contrary is confusing and dangerous.

The Episcopal Church prefers information that reinforces the view of the world as a place of brokenness redeemable through the sacrifice of Christ.  That's a consistent theology, but I think the emphasis on brokenness tends to overcome the reality of redemption.  Hence, for a number of years, colleagues used this errant information to engage in what I found a rather bizarre practice called "Blue Christmas", a liturgy that was intended to salve the sense of loneliness experienced by some during the holidays, but was more likely to reinforce it by creating a church experience that was separated from the mainstream.

Maybe we can let go of that now, eh?