It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017
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It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017

April 27th, 2017   Curators have a short list of essential elements for the art galleries they oversee. They need walls on which to hang the art. They need lights to illumine the art. They need white, lint-free gloves to handle the art. They need docents to help people appreciate the art (and keep the toddlers from “adorning” the sculptures with half-eaten Cheerios.) But curators are also in the market for benches:...

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In search of a way forward – Pastoral Backstory – January 12th, 2017
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In search of a way forward – Pastoral Backstory – January 12th, 2017

January 12th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory: bracing belief, refugees redux, and how you might spend part of your 2017   We began the new year with a new series last Sunday–on the essential elements of what we believe as they’re summarized in the Apostles’ Creed. [ed. note: Ever wonder how we got that creed, or any subsequent one? Here’s the introductory chapter to a book by Frances Young on what...

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Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016
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Stepping onto the stage – Pastoral Backstory – October 27th, 2016

  October 27th, 2016   We’ve been reading of late, on a whim, the British fiction author, P.D. James’, The Children of Men. (You may have seen the film adaptation from several years ago.) The novel is what literary folk like to call dystopian. It imagines a world in which the ability to procreate has mysteriously vanished. No children exist–only the last generation to be born, now somewhere in its early...

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All things new – Pastoral Backstory – September 15th, 2016
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All things new – Pastoral Backstory – September 15th, 2016

  September 15th, 2016   They take it on faith that roses are in fact red, that skies shining might be blue, or that we all live in a yellow submarine. Those with color-blindness lack one or more types of the photoreceptor cells called “cones” which convey the various wavelengths of light corresponding to different hues. Color-blindness exists on a spectrum, some unable to distinguish red-green distinctions while...

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