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Close look at Medieval “prayer nuts”

In a fascinating short video, the New York Times featured Medieval prayer beads, sometimes called prayer nuts, on its Daily 360. It gives an opportunity for a close up view of the exquisite minuscule boxwood carvings from the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Speaking to the Soul: Come and See

This is an invitation to Nathanael to leave whatever perspective he has been inhabiting, to come away from it and enter into a place of receptivity. “Come. Put aside your preconceived notions. Make room in your heart. Come away from whatever has limited you and made you impervious. Open up.

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Art installation in vacant church

St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel, an early 20th century church in Philadelphia, is the site of an installation using strings to create geometric art. The Chapel was originally used to educate Episcopal priests from Philadelphia Divinity School, but became vacant after it was sold as part of a larger parcel to the University of Pennsylvania.

Artist Aaron Asis titled the project “Ci-Lines”, and spoke to Hidden City Philadelphia about collaborating with fifth grade students and his hopes that the project would spark conservation efforts for the […]

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Gay stations of the cross evoke controversy

Doug Blanchard, an artist and Episcopalian and Kittredge Cherry collaborated on a new book of the Way of the Cross. The publicity around the publication has evoked praise and controversy:

From IJReview

There have been plenty of contentious and/or inflammatory artistic depictions of Jesus Christ over the years. One of the most recent comes from a book published in July, titled “Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision.”

The book contains two dozen paintings by artist and “very agnostic believer,” Doug Blanchard, with text written by Kittredge Cherry. Cherry calls herself a […]

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Part 1: The Joys of F.O.G.

by Donald Schell

Part 1 of 2

Last month my congregation offered a free week-long day camp called F.O.G, an apt name for a summer gathering in San Francisco with perennial summer weather report, “Foggy near the coast, clearing by noon.” I think the joke is deliberate, but as an acronym it also refers to the teaching of Gregory of Nyssa that Christian life in community makes us “Friends Of God.” To the fourth year of our summer F.O.G, Sylvia […]

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Chagall’s crucifixions

by Deirdre Good

In preparation for this piece I asked FB friends what images the name Marc Chagall (1887-1985) conjured up for them. “Blue,” someone said. “Windows at the Paris Opera and the Chicago Museum” said someone else. “Murals at The Metropolitan Opera” others said alluding to the giant murals hanging at the entrance to the opera house visible to the Lincoln Center Plaza and from Columbus Avenue. Heidi Shott said, “Windows in the Fraumünster Church in Zurich. First trip to […]

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