New: Sept. 18 TLC Online

The Sept. 18 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. In this issue’s cover essay, John Zambenini writes about the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada:

America’s most visible countercultural experience included its first Eucharist this year. Burning Man is a festival — there’s no better word — of self-expression, art, radical self-reliance, and partying. About 70,000 devotees trek to the Nevada desert each summer for the festival, which culminates with the burning of a giant, a stylized sculpture of a man.  The festival meets on the last Sunday in August through Labor Day.

A small but committed cadre of Episcopal clergy and laity who have become Burners are beginning to express their faith at the pop-up desert community on the playa. The word describes both the festival’s landscape (a flat-floored bottom of an undrained desert basin) and its ethos (in Spanish, playa means beach). The playa is a thin strand between what Burners call “the default world,” known for its jobs and automobiles and consumption, and an ocean of imagined possibility for what a community might be.

This year marks the first time there has been a concerted effort to organize an Episcopal presence at the temporary city that appears in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for a week. Boasting a dozen members, a Facebook group banded around a Eucharist at the Burning Man Temple. The Very Rev. Brian Baker, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, celebrated the service Sept. 1.

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Henryk Górecki and the Surprise of Religious Art | By Hannah Matis Perett
Bring Your Heart to the Altar | By G. Jeffrey MacDonald


Behold the Man | By John Zambenini
Tarzan as Soulmate | Review by Leonard Freeman


Catholic Voices
Anglican Centre in Rome at 50 | By Stephen Platten


The Catholic Catalogue | Review by Caleb Congrove


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