|‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ to use church land for affordable housing
By Alejandra Molina
|With interfaith exhibit, Boston’s Abrahamic faith groups revisit their shared roots
By Aysha Khan
|A reflection on racism and forgiveness
By Bob Libby
|When a judge gives a Bible: Converting or consoling?
By Pamela A. Lewis
|Young Episcopalians bring back stories from US-Mexico border
By Bridget K. Wood, Diocese of Massachusetts
With the migrant crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border in the news, a group of seven high school-aged Episcopalians, along with three adults, set off in August for a week in Nogales, Ariz., to hear the stories of people who are experiencing it firsthand.
|Native American ministries renew connections in the west
By Craig Wirth
A new generation of western Native American Episcopalians joined their elders and priests at the first “Mountains and Deserts” conference in a decade, held June 18-20 at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah in Salt Lake City. The Episcopal Church Missioner for Indigenous Ministries, the Rev. Bradley Hauff said the gathering represented a new network of support for isolated reservation and rural congregations.
|‘Skin’ filmmaker shares story of real-life racism and the road to redemption
By Emily McFarlan Miller
Filled with sex, violence and profanity, it may not be the feel-good movie of the year.
|The Hudson River School romantics and the theology of landscape
By Dennis Raverty
Nineteenth-century painters are said to have secularized Western art but it is perhaps more sacralization than secularization in the case of landscape. A minor, formerly profane genre, landscape became elevated and sacralized by the Romantics, taking on lofty themes with a high moral tone and a transcendent gravitas formerly reserved for religious painting alone. In the United States, these Romantic landscapists are often referred to as the “Hudson River School,” a Romantic tendency evident over the course of two or three generations of artists. After falling out of favor for a while, appreciation for Hudson River School painting increased dramatically during the postwar period, when the alienated, Romantic abstractions of artists like Pollock and DeKooning created a new appetite for the sublime.
|The church is dead. Long live the church!
By Scott Gunn
Yes, the old expectations that people will somehow just show up in churches must die. But the replacement is not digital church.
While I love connecting online, it isn’t the same as being part of a gathered community. Church as we know it may be over, but it’s time to reboot church as we know it — and our expectations.
Christians need to go to church. It’s that simple.
|In new film, Mary Magdalene is reimagined
By Cathleen Falsani, Religion News Service
In the new film “Mary Magdalene,” the biblical character Mary of Magdala is all of these things and more — but not the one role in which she was historically (mis)cast: the so-called “fallen woman.”
Misunderstood, misinterpreted, and maligned, only in recent years has Mary Magdalene’s reputation been restored, both by official religious decree and in popular consciousness.