Marketplace: Jesus

the-poor-icons-of-jesus(related reading: Flannery O’Connor, “Parker’s Back”)

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The hospitality of St. Polycarp


Illustr.: St Polycarp. Martyrdom of St Polycarp – Menologion of Basil II (Vatican).

“The police….found him lying down in the upper room of a cottage. He could have escaped but he refused saying, “God’s will be done.” When he heard that they had come, he went down and spoke with them. They were amazed at his age and steadfastness, and some of them said. “Why did we go to so much trouble to capture a man like this?” Immediately he called for food and drink for them, and asked for an hour to pray uninterrupted. They agreed,…” read more

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Spirituality, Religion, Medicine: Coming Soon



For more about the editors’ work and the broader vision behind this book (due out from Oxford University Press in April 2017), visit the Harvard University Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality.

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Wealth & Poverty: Finally, a New Sourcebook!


Forthcoming in May 2017 from Fortress Press. Read more.

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Religion, Public Health, and Epidemiology: Course Description

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, Tyler VanderWeele, recently offered a “January-term” course for public health students on “Religion and Public Health.” See the course description below. Learn more.


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Let the City teach you hope


City Seminary of New York‘s “Ministry Fellows” Program is an innovative introductory urban ministry leadership course designed “to encourage the work of hopeful and faithful ministry in the city, to provide leadership training in the practice of urban ministry, and to establish learning communities from diverse backgrounds for accountability and formation. Primarily for those active in ministry who  may have limited access to prior urban training, the program was launched in 2009 with generous support from the Lilly Endowment. Fellows come from all walks of life and boroughs across New York City. Learn more. And for another amazing Manhattan-based resource also engaged in the ministries of peace and hope, learn about the Tanenbaum Foundation:



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Academics in Solidarity for Immigrants

aeeioNearly 5000 academics across the nation, including a number of profoundly respected senior faculty personally known to me, and nearly 2000 doctoral students and researchers affiliated with academic organizations, have signed this petition.

Since I lack any kind of formal academic appointment (alas), I do not qualify to sign, but post the information here in solidarity. Below is the text of the press release.

Academics Denounce Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
NEW YORK, NY – January 27, 2017 – More than 6,000 academics from many of the most prestigious universities across the United States, including many Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, Members of the National Academy of Sciences, and winners of John Bates Clark Medal have signed an open letter opposing President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order for a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. This ban is likely to become permanent after the 90-day suspension period.
The prominent academic signatories outline three main reasons for their opposition:
  1. The Executive Order discriminates against a large group of immigrants and longtime residents of the United States based solely on their country of origin, all of which have a majority-Muslim population.
  2. The Executive Order places a harsh and undue burden on the people affected, needlessly and cruelly separating families by limiting travel and restricting entry. These are people the letter’s signatories are proud to call friends, colleagues, and members of their community – what they will be subject to under this Executive Order is inhumane, un-American and entirely disproportionate to the threat it is purporting to address.
  3. This Executive Order would significantly damage the United States’ reputation for academic excellence in higher education. United States research institutions directly benefit from the work of thousands of researchers from the nations affected by this Executive Order. The United States academic community relies on these talented and creative individuals for their contributions to the cutting-edge research.
In short, these academics denounce this Executive Order in the strongest possible terms and respectfully urge President Trump to reconsider his stance to be more consistent with the longstanding values and principles of this country. Although this letter has already been published, a growing number of academics continue to sign it. For more information, refer to the following website:



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