Four Pillars of Dominican Life — videos from 2019 formation session for associate candidates

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3h7N7VyVBA&t=552s Posted to YouTube by the Springfield Dominican sisters at springfieldop with this explanatory note and links to other video clips: Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel, OP shred what the four pillars of Dominican life are to the 2019 associate candidate class on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The sharing and discussion … Continue reading Four Pillars of Dominican Life — videos from 2019 formation session for associate candidates

Preach, sister! Michigan state senator returns fire after GOP culture warrior’s rhetoric gets nasty and personal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT7DkOzeLaM Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow on Morning Joe, April 20, 2022 (MSNBC). Can I get a witness? Sometimes you see a flickering of light in the darkness, a little sliver of hope you can cling to like a rock in a weary land. And so it came to pass that a Michigan state legislator … Continue reading Preach, sister! Michigan state senator returns fire after GOP culture warrior’s rhetoric gets nasty and personal

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

Uneasy with John’s bias against ‘the Jews’ in an age of religious pluralism? Here are a couple of ways to deal with it

Christ Before Pilate, Hans Holbein the Younger, ca. 1538-40 (Wikimedia Commons) Now comes Jim McDermott SJ, associate editor of the Jesuit magazine America, and suggests -- in the headline, no less -- "The Gospel of John has been used to justify anti-Semitism—so we should stop reading it on Good Friday." To which I say: Amen, … Continue reading Uneasy with John’s bias against ‘the Jews’ in an age of religious pluralism? Here are a couple of ways to deal with it

A bittersweet reminder of the time we adopted two truly awesome rescue cats from APL more than 10 years ago

Ten years have passed now since my wife and I wrote this story for a monthly newsletter the Animal Protective League of Springfield puts out with pictures of cats -- dogs, too! -- available for adoption. (Click HERE to learn more about APL's adoption and fostering program.) It's a bittersweet reminder that when you adopt … Continue reading A bittersweet reminder of the time we adopted two truly awesome rescue cats from APL more than 10 years ago

Episcopal survey research shows disconnect between gospel message and public perception of Christians

Something to file away for when we do the book study on Reclaiming the ''E'' Word: Waking Up to Our Evangelical Identity after Easter at Peace Lutheran -- A recent Ipsos survey commissioned by the Episcopal Church shows the "popularity of Jesus’ teachings and the ways Christians are often perceived as failing to live up … Continue reading Episcopal survey research shows disconnect between gospel message and public perception of Christians