JUL 16, 2015 “What is patriotism?”

In recognition of the 4th of July, we discussed patriotism and grace.  While the two subjects seem very different, the majority of us are in the US because we were born here but we extend the privilege to others.  We are at a university of people dedicated to serving this country and we prove every day that working together takes and gives grace.

Preparation materials:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/upshot/younger-americans-are-less-patriotic-at-least-in-some-ways.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0(link is external)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/readers-on-grace/397247/(link is external)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/celebrating-progressive-patriotism_b_3530922.html(link is external)

Highlights from the discussion (Individual opionions represented):

  • America is not the same as it was in the past and we should expect the culture to be different in the future
  • Not all arguments against immigration are racially motivated, other immigrants may feel a sense of unfairness after following the rules
  • Historically there have been groups labeled as “outsiders”
  • Patriotism is as Mark Twain said, "I support my country all the time, and my government when it deserves it."