Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017
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Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017

June 8th, 2017 We begin with a follow-up from a recent Backstory. Do you remember the poignant poem we posted recently by Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia–the ode to his young son who died and which Gioia entitled “Prayer”? It so happens the poem has been set to music, and by none other than Martin Lauridsen, the composer of another piece we have a tradition of posting each Advent, (O Magnum Mysterium). The...

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Inaugural issues – Pastoral Backstory – January 19th, 2017
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Inaugural issues – Pastoral Backstory – January 19th, 2017

January 19th, 2017 In this week’s Backstory, The inaugural address, of life inaugurated, and how silence augurs well for something salutary. There was no precedent for what he was about to do–no template to appeal to as some security that what they were attempting had warrant for confidence. Many had called for him to be addressed as, “Your Most Benign Highness,” or “His Majesty the President.” They...

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Ponder anew – Pastoral Backstory – December 22nd, 2016
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Ponder anew – Pastoral Backstory – December 22nd, 2016

December 22nd, 2016   In a season that erupts with clamor, we need a little quiet. Where it trades in the trivial– a turn toward the substantial. In this the last Backstory of the year, no stories to tell, arguments to be made, or cultural phenomena to comment on. Just images, and melodies, and verses to ponder. First, two choral pieces, both here reprised from previous Christmas posts. Lauridsen’s Mysterium (the...

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