Life These Days

one of my very favorite reminders that sometimes, just sometimes, amazing journeys  (if with a bit of wipe-out here and there)
are possible.
[click on video image above or here to view]

Posted in Reflection, Web resource

Simone Weil on Relational Justice

If Simone Weil is correct… justice means the right relationships among all things. I think this relates to social justice, the active restoration of right relationships, because after all, what does the beauty of the world tell us? … Now the beautiful ordering of social relationships is the task of justice. That is why she goes to work in a factory and goes on hunger strikes among other things…”

Christopher Yates, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Aesthetics,
and Art Theory, University of Virginia, in a
February 2018  seminar lecture and
discussion at the Project on Lived Theology.

Listen to the full lecture.

Posted in Educational resource, Online Lecture, Overheard, Web resource

How do you measure the success of welfare?

Program Cost or Human Benefit? A very brief history of welfare and work in the USA

Posted in Educational resource, Overheard, Web resource

Overheard: Blessing the Ploughs

Old English Plough Blessing 2018As a Yank descended from a long line of farmers and village craftspeople, I was delighted this week to learn that in England bishops still perform plough blessings (in January, no less) as a liturgy in the agricultural year (see image). Festivities include Morris dancing and vintage tractors, no less! Could it be that North Atlantic blizzards and prairie winds put off religious folk this side of the water? Learn more.

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The Bell Tower viewed from the Bell Tower


If you find this view of folks having tea dull and boring, and/or feel an urge to climb out of winter, take a virtual trek higher in this video (warning: you may not wish to view if you get queasy in high places). More views from this particular bell tower here.

Posted in Marketplace photo

Remembering Fred Norris and Heather Adams (update)

In October 2016 I lamented the passing of two profoundly inspiring friends, colleagues, and amazing human beings. One was patristic scholar, Frederick W. Norris (left), who inspired many of us to creatively “re-read” (or, just plain read) Gregory of Nazianzus. The other was Heather Adams (right, with her son), founding director of the Harvard FXB Center’s Program on Empowering People with Intellectual Disabilities. Fred and Heather didn’t know each other (and inhabited very different worlds), but they shared a common spirit of hope, encouragement, and healing. Both actively devoted their lives to making the world a better place–and did! Read more about each of them by clicking on their names or images above, and the 2017 update (below).

Thank you again, Fred and Heather, for being in my life.

2017 UPDATE: More about Heather Adams

Posted in Reflection

Learn Global Health from Ancient Bones

Here’s an advance peek at a new free online teaching tool of 9 mini-cases now “in press”; this 20-page case set, illustrated stories from the past and lessons for global health today, was conceptualized and developed with the support of the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University:

Visit the Incubator’s amazing free online Resource Repository to view and search for cutting-edge recent research, teaching tools, case studies, and more!

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