Miter Tip

Archbishop Rowan Williams, target of a deluge of barbs over the past few years, has delivered a tremendous lecture on the theological interpretation of Scripture; While, of course, I’d want to argue some points, Williams (again) articulates his points with a rigor and theological depth that should shame most of his detractors.

A Pause

I had a long day, I didn’t hear till the end of the day about the catastrophe in Blacksburg, where I know teachers and alums. It’s hard to say anything more.

No Regrets Coyote

Last night, at about 4:30 AM (I don’t know what time that is UTC), Margaret and I woke up to a mysterious sound that called to mind an infant being dismembered. The uncanny cries showed no sign of phonetic articulation, so we were that hesitant to think it was a human voice — but if…

Discussion Question

This morning, I woke up with a strong inclination to listen to Belle and Sebastian’s “She’s Losing It” — presumably in conjunction with my having begun to re-reread Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home for next week’s Beautiful Theology class. So out sets I, dog a-leash, and I appreciated the song in many different ways. As I…

Yeah, Su-r-r-r-re

Does anyone expect us to believe that the White House coincidentally lost the email it sent from RNC addresses to circumvent accountability for its machinations? If I were a Democratic mover or shaker, I’d offer a significant bounty to anyone who could “help” the RNC recover those emails they so unfortunately “lost.”

Visions

Pippa calls my attention to this informative poll from The Onion, which (as Josh Marshall points out) has its finger ahead of the pulse of the day’s news. By the way, I’m very positively impressed with the way Josh has implemented video segments — there’s no reason someone couldn’t be doing comparable work in responsible…

Monday Indeed

Yesterday afternoon I drifted in to Seabury, knowing that I was scheduled to say the Easter Monday mass at 5:00. I stopped by the chapel on my way in the door just to make sure I wasn’t scheduled to preach — well, you can guess where this is going. I sat down and concentrated on…

So Much To Learn

If I had time and resources, I would be devouring everything I could find about Wynkyn de Worde — with specific regard to his (illustrated, of course) editions of the Legenda Aurea and memento mori book, The Arte or Crafte to Live Well and to Dye Well. These works cry out for digitizing. . .…

I Second The Notion

The Christian Century website reproduces an article by Nancy Ammerman from the current issue. Ammerman argues that the (uh-oh) “mainline churches” don’t devote enough energy to religious education, especially for older children and teenagers. That should probably be uncontroversial; I know of relatively few Christian education practitioners who would say, “Golly, we’ve got a thriving…

Years

I think that 5:30 AM gets earlier every year. Having gotten out of bed in time for the Seabury vigil service this morning (no small feat, requiring some complicated cognitive labor relative to what that beeping sound might be and, having recognized it, figuring out why I set the alarm at so manifestly inappropriate an…

Post Traumatic Chant Disorder

Happy Easter, everyone! That’s what’s most important.   Of less significance was my experience this evening singing the Exsultet for the Easter Vigil. It’s my favorite point of the church year, and Jeanette very kindly invited me to chant the Exsultet this Easter. I practiced and practiced it, which was fine with me because I…