‘Swedes in Roger Williams Garden’: Main outline and links

D R A F T Working title: Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Church, State and Community in Swedish Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860 Link here for earlier outlines and notes HERE for Oct. 23-Jan. 24HERE for Jan. 25-April 7 ** INSERT A (Dec. 17, 2021): ** Scratch outline, from notes I jotted down at 3:57 a.m. during a midnight snack, on … Continue reading ‘Swedes in Roger Williams Garden’: Main outline and links

Spiritual journal for January, and hopes for spiritual direction in 2022

Editor's (admin's) note: When I was taking spiritual direction before, I emailed my director ahead of our monthly sessions … summing up what I’d been journaling about since our last meeting and, more to the point, focusing on themes I’d been working on and, more to the point, new directions that might (or might not) … Continue reading Spiritual journal for January, and hopes for spiritual direction in 2022

tallis evening hymn

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6qUR6vtggM xxx Harmonia Sacra, 333b (26th ed., Goshen, Ind., 2008). Melody in tenor. xxx Lord Jesus Christ, to Thee We Pray (Tallis' Evening Hymn) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_bpz6k0IgA Lord Jesus Christ, to Thee We Pray (Tallis' Evening Hymn) Text by: Martin Luther Translated by: William M Reynolds 1849 Tune: Tallis' Evening Hymn by: … Continue reading tallis evening hymn

Oh, joy! Are the ‘culture wars’ taking us into a new civil war? or sectarian conflict like in Northern Ireland?

Battle of Chickamaugua, lithograph, ca. 1890 (Wikimedia Commons). Here's a cheery note: If civil war comes to America as Barbara Walter of the University of California San Diego and other scholars are now predicting, it won't involve armies marching out to Gettysburg and Chickamauga in blue and gray uniforms -- it'll be more like the … Continue reading Oh, joy! Are the ‘culture wars’ taking us into a new civil war? or sectarian conflict like in Northern Ireland?

Op ed piece connects important dots between Jan. 6, white Christian nationalism and uproar over ‘CRT’

A very useful op ed piece on the New York Times' website today connects the dots between former President Trump's violent assault on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021; white Christian nationalist fears of being replaced and persecuted by non-Christian immigrants and secular society; and the past year's hysteria over "Critical Race Theory" and other … Continue reading Op ed piece connects important dots between Jan. 6, white Christian nationalism and uproar over ‘CRT’

Is there a theological basis for anti-vaxxer militancy in prophecies of end times?

Intriguing article on yesterday's Washington Post website by Michael Gerson, op ed columnist, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and occasional talking head on CNN. Gerson, who is an evangelical himself, dismisses anti-vaxxer assertions of religious exemptions to vaccine mandates as "heresy compounded by lunacy." This amounts, he says, to a "substitution of libertarianism … Continue reading Is there a theological basis for anti-vaxxer militancy in prophecies of end times?

Link to Biblical Archaeology Society article on the 10 Commandments

Article by Shawna Dolansky, a religious studies professor at Carleton University in Canada who won a faculty award for "translating abstract biblical texts to digestible university-level content," has a very good overview (imho) of the 10 Commandments. In addition to  biblicalarchaeology.org, she is a frequent contributor to thetorah.com. This article, in Bible History Today, is a … Continue reading Link to Biblical Archaeology Society article on the 10 Commandments

From the first days of the pandemic! A couple of monkey-see, monkey-do tutorials for Zoom classes I can understand

d r a f t I'm not sure how much of this applies to an adult bible study group, but a self-described "classroom teacher turned curriculum developer" put a primer up on Facebook at the end of March and beginning of April 2020, when teachers everywhere had to adapt to online instruction in a hurry … Continue reading From the first days of the pandemic! A couple of monkey-see, monkey-do tutorials for Zoom classes I can understand

‘A child is born in Bethlehem’: New life in an old carol for postmodern, independent cats and misguided sheep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRyiOB4as9c DR Pigekor (Danish National Girls' Choir), dir. Philip Faber, 0000 Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. -- Charlie "Bird" Parker (Wikiquote). … Continue reading ‘A child is born in Bethlehem’: New life in an old carol for postmodern, independent cats and misguided sheep

Our Christmas letter, 2021

Copied from Debi's blog Seriously Seeking Answers (while you're there, take a look around -- she explores "religion, personal choices and the meaning of life with fellow travelers," interspersed with recipes, nature photography around Springfield and cat pictures). Picture at the top of the post shows our sunroom decked out for the season with a … Continue reading Our Christmas letter, 2021