Highlights for January

Faith traditions lack support for female leaders, experts say By Linda Brooks Women have made great progress in business and politics, but in the world of male-dominated religious faiths, acceptance in leadership roles is still difficult to achieve, although slow change is happening. That was one of the conclusions drawn at a Dec. 9 panel …

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Highlights for December

Books for Christmas Mr. Nicholas: A magical Christmas taleBy Christopher de Vinck, Paraclete Press, 157 pp Review by Kristine MorrisIn Christopher de Vinck’s novel “Mr. Nicholas,” a hardened newspaperman’s life is rocked by a small boy’s love and an encounter with a mysterious old man. On his way to interview a beekeeper, Jim sees Anna’s …

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Botticelli’s “Nativity”: an elusive mystery of time

By Linda Brooks Christian Biblical stories have been presented visually in numerous ways — from early symbolic scratches on hidden walls, to incredibly realistic detailed paintings, and then a return to symbolism in modern abstract paintings. But rarely does a painting transcend time in all of these genres. Such is the uniqueness of the masterpiece …

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Highlights for November

The Gospel according to a sitcom writer By James Cary If you can’t see the jokes in the Bible, maybe you’re not taking it seriously. “The Gospel According to a Sitcom Writer” by James Cary (who has written for several British TV shows) is a riotous but reverent examination of the Gospels. What’s the first …

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