New today: Marilynne Robinson on why ‘secularism’ has no meaning, Benjamin Park reviews Alex Beam, Lee Hull Moses sees Inside Out with her daughter

June 23, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 65; Joshua 10:1-14Mark 6:45-52

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: John the Baptist (Lutheran, Episcopal, and Catholic calendars), Higbald of LindisfarneSarah Orne Jewett

New today from the Century

Sacred inwardness, by Marilynne Robinson. Perhaps the real lack of faith in modern society comes down to a lack of reverence for the people around us.

Benjamin E. Park reviews Alex Beam’s book American Crucifixion. There are no heroes in Beam’s tale of the killing of Mormon founder Joseph Smith.

When Joy gets complicated, by Lee Hull Moses. It’s the child’s job to let go of the old memories and make room for the new. Ours is to hold the old ones—and remind her that she was young once.

A culture of remembrance, by Martha Spong. I'm not the only one who doesn’t know what to do with the objects from my Virginia childhood that carry the taint of racism. I don’t want to get rid of them and thereby circulate them.

In the news

In Taliban's new attacks, a message to IS

Concerns grow over radicalized Kenyan youths in Islamic militia

Another African country bans veil for women over terror attacks

In the CCblogs network 

Stay with us, by Dennis Sanders

Collard greens scones, by Beth Merrill Neel

Deconstructing whiteness, by David Williams


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