Daily COVID-19 Metrics — IDPH

https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data/surveillance.html The measures included on this page are daily indicators of how Illinois and its regions and counties are being impacted by COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to monitor these indicators to identify early increases of virus transmission, and stress on hospital resources. SELECT COUNTY (or click on map) for local metrics. [To … Continue reading Daily COVID-19 Metrics — IDPH

New header picture — labyrinth in the rolling prairie at Jubilee Farm

A new background picture for Ordinary Times' header shows the center of a labyrinth at Jubilee Farm, the Dominican Sisters' center for ecology and spirituality. Jubilee Farm, on 147 acres of rolling prairie west of Springfield, bills itself as a "a home to farm animals and wildlife, an educational resource, a demonstration of living in an … Continue reading New header picture — labyrinth in the rolling prairie at Jubilee Farm

‘Man Overboard’: Sly, subversive, faithful daily cartoons about organized religion

Man Martin, Man Overboard (rpt. Winnipeg Free Press, March 16, 2019) Here's a link to what just might be my all-time favorite cartoon. Here's a link to the cartoonist's daily comic strip. It's by Man Martin, a high school English teacher from the suburbs of Atlanta; it's called Man Overboard; and it's available for free … Continue reading ‘Man Overboard’: Sly, subversive, faithful daily cartoons about organized religion

Here’s what Krister Stendahl said, in his own words, about ‘holy envy’ in the context of effective interfaith dialog

Krister Stendahl, dean of Harvard Divinity School and bishop of Stockholm in the Lutheran state Church of Sweden, is probably best known now for his "three rules of religious understanding" -- especially the third rule, "Leave room for 'holy envy'," which supplied the title of a best-selling book in 2019. The book is Barbara Brown … Continue reading Here’s what Krister Stendahl said, in his own words, about ‘holy envy’ in the context of effective interfaith dialog

Florida lawsuits argue state’s anti-abortion law violates free exercise clause, threatens religious pluralism

Notes & quotes for future reference -- posted here so I can find them later with a keyword search More clergy members, serving Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist and Buddhist congregations, filed lawsuits Monday challenging Florida's restrictive new anti-abortion law on grounds that is violates the free exercise class of the state and federal constitutions. The … Continue reading Florida lawsuits argue state’s anti-abortion law violates free exercise clause, threatens religious pluralism

In Thee is Gladness

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJxfJhXRi4 xxx 'In Thee in Gladness’, ad. Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi. Sung at the 11th Annual Choral Festival 2016 of Shenandoah Christian Music Camp (VA). Conducted by Lloyd Kauffman. Methodist hymnal version, with inclusive lyrics, at https://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh169.sht xx Which reminds me of something I've been meaning to ask you about -- … Continue reading In Thee is Gladness

‘Daniel O’Connell’s Hymn’ performed by Shaun Davey and family, with excerpt from O’Connell’s original speech in 1843

Parked here until I can reactivate my trad music blog Hogfiddle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jqvDp7JnMQ A rather different kind of Irish music, and one I find I'm increasingly drawn to, is by semiclassical Irish composer Shaun Davey. He's known for songs, backed by pipes (mostly uilleann, but with Scottish bagpipes occasionally thrown in) and symphony orchestra, typically featuring … Continue reading ‘Daniel O’Connell’s Hymn’ performed by Shaun Davey and family, with excerpt from O’Connell’s original speech in 1843

Notes & quotes: Alito’s speech on First Amendment rights, free exercise clause at Notre Dame event in Rome

Content advisory: The speaker pictured in the video below is not Justice Samuel Alito but another political figure who shares a similar ideology. The video is embedded to share remarks by Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee, regarding Alito's speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kht_3z3hrQs Amanda Tyler's remarks begin at 4:20. More than a year ago … Continue reading Notes & quotes: Alito’s speech on First Amendment rights, free exercise clause at Notre Dame event in Rome

Of conviviality, creolization and other things that matter (a fun new online book for cultural studies wonks)

Link here to open-source copy on Springer Nature Switzerland AG website Woo hoo! I found a new book. It's available online under a Creative Commons license, and finding it was like Christmas in July -- with Easter, St. Paddy's and the annual Jordbruksdagarna (ag days) festival at Bishop Hill, Illinois, all rolled into one. Forgive … Continue reading Of conviviality, creolization and other things that matter (a fun new online book for cultural studies wonks)

‘Lord, teach us to pray’: A spiritual mutt reflects on Abraham’s prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah (Pentecost VII)

Sodom and Gomorrah, Jacob Willemz. de Wet II, ca. 1680 (Wikimedia Commons) Genesis 18 (NRSV): 20 Then the Lord said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! 21 I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me, and if not, I … Continue reading ‘Lord, teach us to pray’: A spiritual mutt reflects on Abraham’s prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah (Pentecost VII)

Historians say Alito’s ‘law office history’ cherry-picks the historical record, creates bad history and worse law

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLMp-1NdzR8 Cold open, Saturday Night Live, May 7, 2022 “It was all Mrs. Bumble. She would do it," urged Mr. Bumble; first looking round, to ascertain that his partner had left the room.That is no excuse," returned Mr. Brownlow. "You were present on the occasion of the destruction of these trinkets, and, indeed, are the more guilty … Continue reading Historians say Alito’s ‘law office history’ cherry-picks the historical record, creates bad history and worse law