Our Search for Justice seen through Von Trier’s "Antichrist"
A few months ago, my roommate was out of town and I was feeling artsy and a little pretentious, so I decided to watch the film Antichrist, directed by Lars Von Trier and starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Unless you have an exceptionally strong stomach and feel comfortable sitting in conflicting emotions, I’m not sure if I recommend it.
Ellie Ford: Bringing Hurry to a Halt
This is a post written by our very first guest writer, Ellie Ford! Ellie is a dear friend of mine, and she wrote this reflection about coming home from Westmont in Cairo all too soon.
Entering self-isolation straight off of a semester in Egypt is a little like running a 100-meter sprint only to careen into a pool of molasses at the 75-meter mark.
Living a Legacy
Each time period leaves a legacy, and the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly make a mark on the habits of our daily lives. How can we as Christians respond in the midst of fluctuating circumstances that affect the globe? Zephaniah reminds us, “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves” (Zephaniah 3:17). Therefore, no matter what the circumstance, we can believe in our good God. With social distancing, Christians are all the more called to be faithful in community by being present where we are, praying earnestly and trusting God.
Maybe: Love in the Time of COVID-19
“I keep thinking of students who are in love…” Dan Chiasson reflects on college students’ pain during the time of COVID-19 in his article in The New Yorker, “The Coronavirus and the Ruptured Narrative of Campus Life.” For a few paragraphs, he mourns for those students who are in love, whether with “a subject, or an author, or a form of attention or concentration,” or another person. He mentions the loss of physical contact in a loving interpersonal relationship and the loss of the home that a campus can be.
Opportunities to Learn and Grow
“Learn and grow” - my overarching goal coming to school. I would like to share a few ways that I have been learning and growing at Westmont.
As a second-semester junior, I’ve been reflecting on my time at Westmont. Recently, I’ve contemplated the strange phenomenon in which the first-years seem to get younger and younger every year (that’s how it works, right?). That made me think of how I viewed upperclass students as a first-year and how that view has changed since becoming one myself. I would like to provide a few explanations for some of the odd behaviors you may observe in upperclass students on campus.
Odd Behavior: Lurking suspiciously around campus events while holding tupperware.