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Tears and Mourning: 17th Century Sermons on Plague & Loss

John Featley (d. 1666) was an Anglican priest and chaplain to the English kings, Charles I and Charles II. During his lifetime, Featley published a number of sermons on tears and mourning in situations of loss and difficulty. These included … Continue reading

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Laughing with Julian of Norwich

Learn more about: This book Julian, from her site in Norwich today Amy Laura Hall How Professor Hall sees the world in March 2020 through Julian’s perspectives.            

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Feeling Rusty? Read a Book.

“He who dwells (literally: pounds, hammers) upon books shall cleanse his heart from rust.” -Ephrem the Syrian* *trans. Arthur Vööbus, History of Asceticism in the Syrian Orient: A Contribution to the History of Culture in the Near East, vol. 2; CSCO … Continue reading

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Bearing Winter : Valentine for Bibliophiles

To step away from the endless grey of mid-winter, let me introduce you to this little friend glimpsed reading last summer in a deep afternoon light: And lest you wonder what it is that keeps him so fascinated with his … Continue reading

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The unbelievable Christian Creed (Grawemeyer winner 2019)

Congratulations to Stephen Patterson, winner of this year’s Grawemeyer Award in Religion, for his book , The Forgotten Creed: Christianity’s Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery, & Sexism (Oxford University Press, 2018):      

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Justice for the Poor in early Rabbinic Law (book summary)

New book summary: Benjamin Porst’s English summary of his new book, Justice for the Poor: The Principles of Welfare Regulations from Biblical Law to Rabbinic Literature in the November 6 Ancient Jew Review. The book (only available in Hebrew) focuses on “jurisprudential” theory … Continue reading

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Garb of Being!

Off the press & spotted in real time! More information here. It has been a joy to work on this with amazing co-editors Georgia Frank and Andrew Jacobs. And abundant thanks to all of our phenomenal chapter authors. And thank … Continue reading

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AJR: Food & Transformation

The stunning and stimulating online journal, Ancient Jew Review, usually counts among my pleasure reading, so somehow never gets mentioned here. But this issue–with the tease into reading J.C. Warren’s article on her book, Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature–demands … Continue reading

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Health worker report on faith collaborations in the US

This report of a one-day workshop discussed how folks working in the health sector might positively work together with “faith-based health assets.” Conversations included an overview of community faith-based assets and how they relate to population health, health improvement, evidence-based … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: The Garb of Being

Now in press-available this fall! From the back cover: This collection explores how the body became a touchstone for late antique religious practice and imagination. When we read the stories and testimonies of late ancient Christians, what different types of … Continue reading

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Touching a Leper

Jesus heals a leper, illustration from the Armenian Gospels of Gladzor (13th century); Read and view the entire illuminated manuscript online; the above image is on page 85 of Thomas F. Mathews and Alice Taylor, The Illuminated Gospels of Gladzor: The … Continue reading

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Get a Witness without Buying the Book

Want to enjoy a baker’s dozen of fascinating stories about “peacemakers, community builders, and agitators for faith and justice” without forking over cash for another book? Visit the podcast and download thirteen free full-length interviews with each of the contributing … Continue reading

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Mary of Egypt at the Newberry

English translation “The Harlot Koan,” an essay on Mary of Egypt by poet-editor Dave O’Neal Image: First page of the Life of Mary of Egypt, traditionally read in the Orthodox church during Lent, as part of the “Canon of St. … Continue reading

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Thy will knows no end in me.

“I thought that my voyage had come to its end at the last limit of my power – that the path before me was closed, that provisions were exhausted and the time come to take refuge in silent obscurity. But … Continue reading

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Science & Theology of Hearing Voices: New Book

download open access full text online From the abstract: Experiences of hearing the voice of God (or angels, demons, or other spiritual beings) have generally been understood either as religious experiences or else as a feature of mental illness. Some critics … Continue reading

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Spirituality Matters for Public Health: A Social Science Approach

learn more and read publisher’s “free preview” From the Description: “This book addresses a pressing need for Public Health research, practice and teaching: A substantial evidence base now links religious and spiritual (R/S) factors to health. In the past 20 … Continue reading

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Countenancing Hunger

This week revisiting “old” news–which in media alas means published ten years ago or more–still worth hearing, I stumble again across this wonderful interview from 2007 with Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread, and founder of an altar-based food pantry … Continue reading

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Spirituality within Medicine: Evidence-based Practical Theology

New From Oxford University Press by Michael and Tracy Balboni. Read more “a series of thoughtful and evidence-based chapters…one very intriguing approach to this great borderland” – Arthur Kleinman, MD “This splendid book is a work of truly practical theology…” … Continue reading

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João Biehl on Shaping a Sense of What is Possible

“Life stories do not simply begin and end. They are stories of transformation: they link the present to the past and to a possible future and create lasting ties among subject, scribe, and reader.” João Biehl, Vita: Life in a … Continue reading

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Health Care: Unhealthy Effect

read full press release read 37-page chapter, “The Current State of Global Health Care Quality” read/download the full report  

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Implicit racial bias and the town gown

…pulling this highly recommended book down off my shelf to read again, in light of recent news events and necessary, valuable public outrage concerning the activities of a Harvard Humanitarian Initiative employee last week. City Mayor highlights what he hopes … Continue reading

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The Stopping Places – and Health

Oxford Theology graduate Damien Le Bas has just published a welcome memoir on growing up Romany (“Gypsy”) in Britain. Read an extract here. Read an interview with the author. Learn more about the Roma at the FXB Center for Health … Continue reading

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Thank you, Dr. James Cone

So sad to hear of the recent passing of Dr. James Cone of Union Theological Seminary, whose book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, received this year’s Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Due to Dr. Cone’s failing health,  Louisville Seminary’s President … Continue reading

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The mere difference of disability: A parent’s voice

How might it make a difference if you think a disability isn’t something bad in itself but merely “a different way for a body to be”? What might such a perspective mean for affected parents who are also evangelical Christians?  … Continue reading

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And yet the books…

Taking inventory of these much-dog-eared companions always evokes Milosz’ poem…

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Build & Nurture Community Diversity & Inclusion

Harvard’s hot-off-the-press report on diversity and inclusion is worth the world (or at least other educational and workplace communities around the world) taking a look: Learn more Read the full report

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Memoir on refugee life in France

Lynne Jones, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, writer, researcher, and relief worker, describes the daily journey of working with refugees and migrants in these online diaries. The link above will open her 23-page diary from refugee camps in Calais, France, … Continue reading

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John Chrysostom the Winter Optimist

From his final letter to the deacon Olympia, written from forced exile in the mountains of Armenia, winter 407: “Even with the exceeding severity of the winter, and our stomach’s infirmity, and the raiding of the Isaurians, do not let … Continue reading

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The Cappadocians: A Short Bibliography for Ordinary Readers

I am sometimes asked what to read to learn more about the fourth-century Christians I’ve studied who are called the “Cappadocians.” In response, I developed this free online 2-page bibliography with just a few of the most significant references related … Continue reading

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Spiritual Audacity: Public Health & Human Flourishing (now online)

Session video now online! Dean’s Seminar, Boston University School of Public Health, Wed. September 13, 2017. Featuring the Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom’s new book, Spiritual Audacity: Six Disciplines of Human Flourishing. Panelists include BUSPH speakers: Christina Gebel (Roman Catholic Practices … Continue reading

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Spirituality, Religion, Medicine: Coming Soon

For more about the editors’ work and the broader vision behind this book, visit the Harvard University Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality. UPDATE: Journal of Religion and Health Book review

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Imagining a “freedom church” of the poor

The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis,, founder and co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, and coordinator of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, talks about grassroots organization among those who live … Continue reading

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Refugee Tales 2

Worth. Reading.

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Practice makes Purpose

learn more about this new book by C. Paul Schroeder

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Book note: Law, religion, health, in the U.S.

coming soon, based on a 2015 conference at Harvard Law School:   book launch September 27, 2017 learn more

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You rush to get to a meeting, and…

“In Nairobi in the late nineties, I met the then Director of WHO [World Health Organization] for East Africa. ‘Churches,’ he said, ‘are a complete nightmare to work with, because they have so many priorities that have nothing to do … Continue reading

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Do you know about ReMeDHe?

Just back from some very exciting sessions with ReMeDHe: Working Group for Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity–an amazing group of scholars in late antiquity who focus on health & disability narratives! The group is co-directed by Professors … Continue reading

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We are human beings

In May 2011 we went to Gaza with musicians from the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Scala [of Milan], and the Orchestra de Paris…a concert organized by the United Nations…and the whole situation was very moving. … Continue reading

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Eviction: An American Epidemic

Read the interview Read more about Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, winner of the National Book Circle Award in nonfiction. Read New York Times review.

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Wealth & Poverty: Finally, a New Sourcebook!

Forthcoming in May 2017 from Fortress Press. Read more.

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Beholden book review: Theoretical Medicine & Bioethics

Lovely review of Beholden in the latest online issue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics by Daniel T. Kim, MPH. Kim is a doctoral student in religious ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. I especially value this review because (in addition … Continue reading

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New Book: A Liturgical Politics

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Black Social Gospel wins 2017 Grawemeyer in Religion

Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Gary Dorrien, winner of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, for his book, The New Abolition: W.E.B. DuBois and the Black Social Gospel. An Episcopal priest and author of 17 books, Dr. Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor … Continue reading

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New resource: On the Theology of Money

Learn more about this new study guide, teaching, and worship resource from the Faith, Worship, and Ministry team of the Anglican Church of Canada.

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Health Care Justice: Communities Matter

NEW THIS MONTH: Communities of Health Care Justice by Charlene Galarneau (Rutgers University Press, 2016). The author (PhD Study of Religion, Harvard) teaches women and gender studies at Wellesley College. Brief Description: Justice in health care is multilayered and requires … Continue reading

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So, what IS ‘lived theology’?

Explore this question in a new book: Lived Theology: New Perspectives on Method, Style, and Pedagogy, edited by Charles Marsh, Peter Slade, and Sarah Azaransky. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Read more here.

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Missionary aid: “the kindest oppression”

“All I ever wanted was for someone to say thanks… All I ever wanted was to love on my terms, in a way that elevated me above my neighbor, distinguished me as good and holy, receiving accolades in a most … Continue reading

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Uhlhorn on Charity: Still Worth Reading after 133 Years

Ok, so he has some biases (very Protestant German Lutheran, not so nice about medieval Catholicism), and a few limitations (focuses on Greek and Latin sources, to which we now can also enjoy scholars’ input and translations from Syriac, Coptic, … Continue reading

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Midwifery, Musings against, London, 1751/1938

“There is still much prejudice I learn against the Interference of Surgeons in Child Bearing…. Women are strange creatures as has been known from the days of the Ancients. They still prefer the ministrations of some Poxy old Harridan and … Continue reading

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Science Paper, May 25, 1942

Always amazing to discover what staid, elderly relatives wrote about in high school… (but then maybe it seemed obvious when the beloved, heroic grandfather of this particular staid relation survived by building & selling lobster pots…) (click on cover to view artwork)

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