Morning Land Meditations by Lew Scudder

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On November 3, 2018,  a memorial service was held in Chicago to celebrate the life and contributions of a larger-than-life figure in Christian-Muslim dialogue, the Rev. Lewis R. Scudder, Jr.  who passed away a year ago in his beloved Cyprus.

Rev. Scudder came from a long line of Reformed Church in America missionaries who served in various parts of the world  stretching back to 1819.   His own unique contribution arose out of his rootedness in the culture of the Arabian Gulf having been born and raised in Kuwait where his first schooling was in an Arabic medium school.  His mastery of the Arabic language and culture  led him in his later years to serve as a translator for the Beirut-based Middle East Council of Churches, but perhaps his greatest contribution was translating Arab culture to American Christians who knew (and continue to know) little about what is uniquely inviting and intriguing about the Arab world with its rich history and storied (and at times conflicted) cultures.

From 2004 – 2012 Lew wrote a monthly series of articles reflecting on various topics of interest arising out of current events and historical realities for Middle Eastern peoples.  He called these monthly musings “Morning Land Meditations.”  The full collection is below, first as a pdf with all the articles, second with individual articles to download.

Obituary from the Arab Times 

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The Full Archive:   Morning Land Meditations (1)

Individual pdfs

Morning Land Meditation August 2004

Morning Land Meditation # 2September 2004

Morning Land Meditation # 3 October 2004

Morning Land Meditation # 4 November 2004

Morning Land Meditation # 5 December 2004

Morning Land Meditation # 6 January 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 7 February 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 8 March 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 9 April 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 10 May 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 11 June 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 12 July 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 13 August 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 14 September 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 15 October 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 16 November 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 17 – December 2005

Morning Land Meditation # 18 January 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 19 February 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 20 March 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 21 April 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 22 – May 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 23 June 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 24 – July 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 25 – August 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 25.5 – August 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 26 – September 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 27 – October 2006 Shakers_and_Movers

Morning Land Meditation # 28 – November 2006 (1)

Morning Land Meditation # 29 – Nov-Dec 2006

Morning Land Meditation # 30 – April 2007

Morning Land Meditation # 36 – October 2007

Morning Land Meditation # 37 – Nov 2007 Getting Culture Right

Morning Land Meditation # 38 – March 2008

Morning Land Meditation # 40 – April 2008

Morning Land Meditation # 41 – May-June 2008 Swatting Beelzebub

Morning Land Meditation # 42 – July 2008 Liberty for All

Morning Land Meditation # 43 – Aug 2008 The Old Tree Still Lives

Morning Land Meditation # 44 – Sept 2008 Poets

Morning Land Meditation # 45 – Oct 2008 Hurricane Season

Morning Land Meditation # 46 – Nov 2008 Thanks for the Giving

Morning Land Meditation # 47 – Dec 2008 Teaching

Morning Land Meditation # 48a – Jan 2009 – In With The New

Morning Land Meditation # 48b – Jan 2009 – The Soil of Everyman

Morning Land Meditation # 48c – Jan 2009 – Myth

Morning Land Meditation # 49 – Feb 2009 – Waiting

Morning Land Meditation # 50 – Apr 2009 – A Good Legacy

Morning Land Meditation # 52 – May June 2009 -Patience and the Courage to Change

Morning Land Meditation # 53 – July 2009

Morning Land Meditation # 54 – Aug 2009 – Happiness Pursued

Morning Land Meditation # 55 – Sept 2009 – Viva

Morning Land Meditation # 56 – Oct 2009 Jaton Dushtu

Morning Land Meditation # 57 – Nov 2009 – Haideralizing

Morning Land Meditation # 58 – Dec 2009 – Ayia Sophia

Morning Land Meditation # 59 – Xmas 2009 – Liberation

Morning Land Meditation # 60 – Jan 2010 – Palindromitis

Morning Land Meditation # 61 – Feb 2010 – Unskewing Skewed Logic

Morning Land Meditation # 62 – Mar 2010 – Harmonics

Morning Land Meditation # 63 – Apr 2010 – Badr …. Let the Light Through

Morning Land Meditation # 64 – May 2010 – Barbarians

Morning Land Meditation # 65 – June 2010 – Slave and Slaver ….Old and New

Morning Land Meditation # 66 – – July 2010 Anti-Venom –

Morning Land Meditation # 67 – Nov 2010 The Fit of Thanksgiving

Morning Land Meditation # 68 – Jan 2011 Reclaim the New Year

Morning Land Meditation # 69 – March 2011 Ideal World

Morning Land Meditation # 70 – April 2011 A Pathway to Water

Morning Land Meditation # 71 – Dec 2011 Caliphate

Morning Land Meditation # 72 – Feb 2012 – The Gingrich Who Stole Christmas

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