Art lurking in life – Pastoral Backstory – December 15th, 2016
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Art lurking in life – Pastoral Backstory – December 15th, 2016

December 15th, 2016 We’re going to make a party out of art this weekend (more on that below). But art, as we’ve noted here and there, has a presence far wider than galleries or museums. Art’s purview extends into domains we don’t typically associate with creative expression. In this Backstory we consider three: in difference, in repentance, and in our common life.   First the art of disputation. The...

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Seeing as we are seen – Pastoral Backstory – December 8th, 2016
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Seeing as we are seen – Pastoral Backstory – December 8th, 2016

December 8th, 2016 It so happened that his 80th birthday fell on the same day the British Parliament would begin another session of government. To commemorate that momentous coincidence, the United Kingdom’s highest legislative body elected to unite the two observances into a single event on the 30th of November, 1954. But the centerpiece of the convocation would not be the typical speeches given to inaugurate a new season of...

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Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 9th, 2016

    June 9th, 2016 Before last night LeBron found himself in a quandary. He and his Cleveland Cavaliers had lost two straight to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. This despite having practically coasted through these playoffs, losing only two games in the last 12. But this is sport. Your past may be prologue but it’s no portent of your present. And one has no business playing unless one is both desirous...

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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – June 2nd, 2016

    June 2nd, 2016 We are beings who inhabit patterns. We literally live within a set of daily routines we’ve come to adopt over time–some we’re aware of and others we’re almost insensible to. This doesn’t set us apart. My cat awakes with a utterance understood only by her, eats until she’s full, proceeds with the obligatory post-prandial washing up, powders her feline nose, and takes a...

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