Region & Place

Witchcraft in Church? Against Glamorous Worship

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Recently, our local Trappist Monastery, the Abbey of the Genesee, unveiled a renovation of the sanctuary of the Abbey church. To the shock of some — those who often claim to have their ‘finger on the pulse’ — the remodel did…
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Hanging Out with, and Learning from, Some Thoroughly Material Benedictines

May 15, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] A few weeks ago I was able to, once again, do something that I enjoy doing immensely–take a group of students out on a local food tour, so they can learn firsthand about more sustainable…
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Remembering a Good Oak

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Trees cannot talk, but they do speak. With our eyes focused on franticly flickering screens, perhaps our ears have grown dull to their still small voices, yet they whisper on. Edmund Burke described society as a “contract between the past,…
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The Absurdity of Personal Contact with Natural Beauty

wilderness1 May 6, 2015
In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
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Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales: The Putrefaction of America

Capitol Hill Seattle Garage Sale 2013 April 24, 2015
What used to be called garage sales and are now also called “yard” and “estate” sale are the scourge of the neighborhood and a major contributor to the putrefaction of America. I was reminded of this ugly part of the American…
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Wendell Berry Opts Out of the ‘Culture of Violence’

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Our Only World: Ten Essays. By Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. In January of 2012, Wendell Berry delivered a speech at Georgetown College that explained his support for legalizing gay marriage. Responses from Berry’s Christian readers came thick and fast;…
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When Your Hometown Goes International

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New York City is not an American city; it’s an Arab nation filled with a thousand different tribes who grudgingly live amongst each other. Through its history, parts have tried to secede, parts have burned, but we’ve made it through…
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Why Cities Ought to, Sometimes, Challenge Their States

April 2, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On next Tuesday’s ballot here in Wichita, KS, voters will be able to, whether they realize it or not, directly contribute to an ongoing struggle over the meaning and operations of democratic government in the…
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The Drama, the Dryer, and the Dingleberry at Dumb Ass: A Dyspatch

Golden Doodle April 1, 2015
I should have non-human clones of my own children, clones on whose meaningless lives I can practice parenting.
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Freedom and Four-Year Olds

PreK iPads March 30, 2015
Holland, MI In public policy, few things are ever entirely right or wrong. Like economics, we are often dealing with trade-offs. Ignoring the trade-offs blinds us to some of the consequences of policies, some of the reasons for the policies,…
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The Church Localversal Part 4: Oz

WizardofOz March 3, 2015
The water doesn't give a damn what you think.
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The Church Localversal, Part 3

CathedralOfThePines February 24, 2015
Brokenness is a traveling condition.
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History as Manifesto

February 23, 2015
Dillon, MT Having a personal and professional interest in what people think history is for, I read The History Manifesto with great interest. Jo Guldi (Brown) and David Armitage (Harvard) are having a “think big” moment about History, in an…
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On Dying Where You’re Planted: The Rooted Pastor

February 20, 2015
Manchester, CT I am grudgingly accepting that you don’t choose the place; the place chooses you. I’ve moved around a lot during my time on the planet, first as luggage, then as the guy with the luggage. But I’ve been sitting…
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The Church Localversal, Part 2

Old Country Church February 18, 2015
Injury is a means of measurement.
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The Church Localversal, Part I

Chesterton February 11, 2015
Well, duh!
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