New today: Lawrence Wood reviews Jim Auchmutey, lectionary column, why the papal encyclical matters
New today from the Century
Made in Americus, by Lawrence Wood. In many books, the Jim Crow era is mediated through the sensibilities of white people. Jim Auchmutey shrewdly avoids this.
Lectionary column for July 19, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, by Marilyn McEntyre. Mark writes, “many were coming and going, and they had no leisure, even to eat.” I read this observation with uneasy laughter, thinking of many lunches spent at my computer with a sandwich.
Why the papal encyclical matters, by Erika Dornfeld. When we hear any sort of moral injunction about climate change, it tends to be about our duty to unknown others a hemisphere away. Pope Francis overturns this.
When is the end of life? by Steve Woolley. Most of us in the clergy group I’m part of are over 70. We affirm that we believe in “the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting,” but at a very deep emotional level, not yet.
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On how to love America, by David Williams
Longing to go on pilgrimage, by Kristin Berkey-Abbott
A third kind of Jesus, by Larry Patten