A round-up of recent religion news. Continue Reading →
Peter Lucier reflects on Veterans’ priestly role in American civil religion. Continue Reading →
“The Last Twentieth Century Book Club” is an ongoing monthly column exploring religious ephemera by Don Jolly . Continue Reading →
Photographer Ryan Roco investigates the role of religion in the lives of the Kachin people in northern Burma after decades of civil war. Continue Reading →
Gale Kenny reviews Andrew Preston’s new book, “Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy,” a narrative history of foreign policy and piety in America. Continue Reading →
Taking a qeue from William James (and the bible), David Bromwich asks if it’s too late to examine the Obama-Bush presidency. How has the first black president, who promised to return America to “the high moral ground” and by race and rhetoric signaled an allegiance to equality and justice, proven to be the perfect ambassador of the last Bush’s policies? War. Torture. Financial titans. Bromwich lists those advisors and public servants Obama chose to keep or let go and draws conclusions about Obama’s moral compass from the record.
(h/t Marilyn Young for the frame) Continue Reading →
The Proper 29 Project, created by Mennonite pastor Mark Villegas and named for Reign of Christ Sunday (November 21, also known as Proper 29), asks pastors to “address the violence in Iraq and Afghanistan” in their sermons. Writes Anna Groff at The Mennonite:
Villegas is pastor of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship and a columnist for The Mennonite. He informed all the pastors he knows about the project–many of which are Mennonite. As of Nov. 4, several Mennonite pastors told him they would participate.
Some of the non-Mennonite pastors told him they would receive negative response if they preached about this issue.
“It’s hard here in North Carolina,” said Villegas on Nov. 4. “Our economy is tied to the military-industrial complex. Preaching about the suffering cause by U.S. forces in Iraq hits too close to home in a state that has such a high military population.”