S. Brent Plate interviews digital religion scholar Gregory Price Grieve, a pioneer in the emerging field of religion in digital games. Continue Reading →
S. Brent Plate continues his Intersections series with an interview with ritual theorist Ronald L. Grimes. Continue Reading →
S. Brent Plate continues his Intersections series with an interview about the KKK with Kelly J. Baker. Continue Reading →
By S. Brent Plate An audio interview with fellow Rachel Wagner about how she got from Blake to digital media and why. Continue Reading →
by S. Brent Plate Another reason to lament Romney’s plans to cut funding for PBS. Continue Reading →
In an ongoing series of print and audio interviews, S. Brent Plate talks to experts about the field of religion and media. Continue Reading →
Intersections of Religion and Media: S. Brent Plate interviews Jolyon Mitchell, Rianne Subijanto, Diane Winston, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Benjamin Dorman and Stuart Hoover. Continue Reading →
by S. Brent Plate Meaning is produced by, in, and through social, political, and economic institutions, cultural and religious forces, technology, education, and human bodily engagement with the physical world. Continue Reading →
We asked our Near and Dear to tell us something about today, the day when we celebrate love–or loss or absence or grief or joy or chocolate or the color red. Valentine’s Day is one of those not-so-holy (or so-holiday) holidays we bump into on the annual calendar, on our way to spring, rebirth and Easter rising. We didn’t really know what we’d get for our asking.
It’s an odd and fascinating assortment of reflections and observations from some of our favorite loves–our regular contributors, family and friends. Happy Valentine’s Day! We love you, we do!
“Month of Valentines” by Stacy Doris
“#MyGrownUpValentine” by Ashley Baxstrom with image by Angela Zito
“A Buddhist Valentine” by S. Brent Plate
“My Friend” by Jacob Glatstein, translated from the Yiddish by Peter Manseau
“A Valentine Offering” by Genevieve Yue
“My Wish this Valentine’s Day” by George González
“A Simple Dinner” by Anthea Butler
“St. Valentine’s Fallen Face” by David Metcalfe
“Heart in the Snow” by Mary Valle
“A Red Bagel” by Adam Becker
“The Gospel of Sacred Candy Hearts” by Amy Levin
“Be Mine” by Jeremy Walton
image: “Heart to Heart” by Angela Zito Continue Reading →
By S. Brent Plate
Love is not a shepherd’s crook.
I am not the great shepherd
Reaching out to pull you in.
You cannot be my valentine.
I cannot possess love
We can only be possessed by it.
Valentine’s Day approaches and I am sitting in a room in a Buddhist monastery in the Hudson River Valley of New York. I’ve come to jump start my dying contemplative life, revive a withering body in order to reproduce a spirit, physically giving birth to a soul. I feel a long way from red and pink hearts and sticky sweet treats. Not above it, just removed, somewhere off to the side. Like I’m off the holiday commercial grid. Continue Reading →