Write your obit now – Pastoral Backstory – May 18th, 2017
May17

Write your obit now – Pastoral Backstory – May 18th, 2017

May 18th, 2017 One day you will die. On that day someone who knew you, who loved you, may think to give notice about your death. And rather than disseminating the news through Facebook, they may perhaps prefer the more traditional way of publishing an obituary. A while back we recalled the distinction David Brooks made between “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues”: the former pointing to our capacity to get...

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Grounding your ethic – Pastoral Backstory – May 11th, 2017
May08

Grounding your ethic – Pastoral Backstory – May 11th, 2017

  Be sure to scroll down for a special announcement about CtK’s first VBS. May 11th, 2017   If you do not know his name you’ve probably seen his face. Neil de Grasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. In recent years he’s become a highly public voice for enriching science education in the classroom. He’s also become something of a burr in the saddle of many...

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Wanting to believe – Pastoral Backstory – May 4th, 2017
May04

Wanting to believe – Pastoral Backstory – May 4th, 2017

May 4th, 2017 The mind, in times of bereavement, craves a certainty gained by reasoning as to the existence of the soul after death. –Gregory of Nyssa, (d. 395 AD) Can anyone come to believe in God without wanting to believe in God? Does wanting to believe in God somehow taint that search for reasons to believe? I’m asking nine minutes of your time for this week’s Backstory–or more if the topic fancies you....

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It’s impolite not to stare – Pastoral Backstory – April 27th, 2017
Apr27

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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