Reflections on prayer in the parking lot of a walk-in clinic during a time of pandemic

It's a perfect late fall afternoon, blustery with tufts of white cloud scudding past in a blue sky. Temperature in the 40s, but enough sunshine coming through the windshield that I don't have the car heater on while I'm waiting in the HSHS PromptCare walk-in clinic's parking lot on MacArthur. This is how we do … Continue reading Reflections on prayer in the parking lot of a walk-in clinic during a time of pandemic

ROFLMAO — what would Luther’s 95 Theses sound like in an corporate office email memo to all staff?

Luther posts the 95 Theses, by Ferdinand Pauweis (1830-1904). Wikimedia Commons. Posted today to the "Daily Shouts" section of the New Yorker's website, a humor piece by Patrick Crooks, a contributing writer who also describes himself as a "Creative thinker. Strategic problem solver. Administrative professional." He's certainly creative, and he's obviously written an administrative office … Continue reading ROFLMAO — what would Luther’s 95 Theses sound like in an corporate office email memo to all staff?

After the tumult, a moment of peace … and a moment for peacemakers

St. John's Episcopal-Lafayette Square in background. Business Insider, Nov. 7, 2020. It's been quite a week for peacemakers! Sunday, Nov. 1, was All Saints' Day, and the assigned gospel reading was the version of the Beatitudes in the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Including this (which isn't in Luke's version): "Blessed are the peacemakers, for … Continue reading After the tumult, a moment of peace … and a moment for peacemakers

Notes on an election-day article about Lincoln, the better angels of our nature and the book of Job

https://www.facebook.com/133051906718090/photos/a.1509816089041658/3741315792558332 On the same day as Tuesday's election, the Jesuit magazine America published an article I thought was singularly appropriate to the occasion. It was what we used to call a "think piece" in the newspaper business, an essay by a divinity student and political activist on what comfort -- if "comfort" is the right … Continue reading Notes on an election-day article about Lincoln, the better angels of our nature and the book of Job

‘The Benedict Option’: Notes and quotes from Rowan Williams, David Brooks

Wikipedia notes author Rod Dreher's involvement in controversies on race and gender, among other issues https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Dreher *** Rowan Williams, "The Benedict Option: a new monasticism for the 21st century," NewStatesman, May 30, 2017 https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/religion/2017/05/benedict-option-new-monasticism-21st-century.  Its argument is simple. For conservative religious believers, the battle on the political field has largely been lost; there is no point … Continue reading ‘The Benedict Option’: Notes and quotes from Rowan Williams, David Brooks

Ernesto’s cat shelter in a time of civil war and pandemic — Dr. Youssef’s story

https://www.facebook.com/TheAleppoCatMen/posts/3630023537059869 Excerpts below from a first person account by the resident veterinarian at Ernesto's Sanctuary for Cats* in Syria. I've linked to the blog where it appeared -- so you can read it there, because I'm leaving out important parts, and, besides, I'm sure they can use the clicks. I've followed Ernesto's cat sanctuary since … Continue reading Ernesto’s cat shelter in a time of civil war and pandemic — Dr. Youssef’s story

Well done, good and faithful servants: A memorial plaque in a university chapel and a meditation for All Saints’ Day

Memorial plaque in All Saints' Chapel, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. When my parents lived in the suburbs of Atlanta, Debi and I would drive to Atlanta and back just about every time I had a school vacation. Sometimes I'd drive down on my own. Either way, the trip settled into a set rhythm. … Continue reading Well done, good and faithful servants: A memorial plaque in a university chapel and a meditation for All Saints’ Day

Odds and ends: Swedes in Illinois’ Civil War regiments in Quad-City Times; review of ‘Swedish Immigrants in Lincoln’s Time’

New working title? -- Luther's Dear Angels in Swede Town: Redemption and Table Fellowship in Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860" --- Tom Emery, "Q-C area Swedes played role in Civil War," Moline Dispatch-Rock Island Argus, Sept. 21, 2013 https://qconline.com/news/illinois/q-c-area-swedes-played-role-in-civil-war/article_da991c6f-a524-50cc-b062-9b88d120b296.html. VERBATIM EXCERPTS: Dr. Dag Blanck, director of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock … Continue reading Odds and ends: Swedes in Illinois’ Civil War regiments in Quad-City Times; review of ‘Swedish Immigrants in Lincoln’s Time’

Swedes — scratch outlines (D R A F T)

Working title?: Swedes in Roger Williams' Garden: An Immigrant Folk Church in Protestant America, 1848-1860 Chapter headings Intro. xxxPrologue. Swedish and international background. Folk church. xxxPlanting the church. xxxLutherans. xxxAmericans. xxxEpilogue. xxx Findings and conclusions. xxx PROLOGUE Folk church -- not yet fully developed in the 1850s, but inherent in the Swedish systemLuther and Duke … Continue reading Swedes — scratch outlines (D R A F T)