National Collaborative on Faith and Disability
Working Group for Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity (ReMeDHe)
Society of Biblical Literature, Section on healthcare and disability in the ancient world
American Academy of Religion, Religion and Disability Studies Unit
Also inspired by this photo exhibit at the Rathaus (city hall), smack on the central plaza of the city of Hamburg, Germany, featuring the faces and everyday stories and interests of just a few of the more than 35,000 refugees welcomed into the city of Hamburg alone since 2014. As you can see, the city hall lobby is a public place for tourists and visitors. When I was there, a peaceful rally on behalf of diversity and tolerance within the European Union was taking place amidst ice cream stands, clowns, and panhandlers in the plaza just a few steps away.
I cannot begin to express what it meant to gaze recently with my own eyes at this exquisite relief of the “heretic” Pharaoh Akhnaton, Queen Nefertiti, and their three daughters with their message of light and peace (click on image to view hi-res). My awe is tempered by Barry Kemp’s recent studies of the “workers’ cemetery” showing how many men, women, and children actually suffered, starved, and died during the labor of building Amarna, Akhenaten’s idealized new city to his god. Yet the sheer beauty of this art and the eternal vibrance of those three little girls continues to blow me away.
This is a very exciting clip about a key issue in getting healthy foods to poor kids in suburban neighborhoods. Listen to the podcast or click on screenshot for story.