Cornerstones By Simon Cotton Getting to Pennant Melangell in Wales is a memorable journey in itself. Beyond Llangnog, the last three miles are up a very narrow single-track road, the remote Tanat Valley growing narrower and steeper as you head down Cwm Pennant. The hills get closer and at some times of the year you look at purple-headed mountains that remind you of Cecil … [Read more...] about Chasing the Hare to Pennant Melangell
This article first appeared in the May 25, 1997 issue of The Living Church. By Scott Robinson “It happened a few years ago in the summer,” began the Rev. William Teska, recalling the origins of the Mision el Santo Niño Jesus, a Latino congregation in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The story began with his colleague, the Rev. Vincent Schwahn, vicar of Santo Niño. “At that … [Read more...] about 1997 Archives: Celebrating New Life at Santo Niño
Why Religion Is Good for American Democracy By Robert Wuthnow Princeton University Press, pp. 328, $29.95 As an Amazon Associate, TLC earns from qualifying purchases. Reviewed by D. Stephen Long Robert Wuthnow’s informative work is filled with insights about religions’ role in American democracy. Religions, he claims, oppose tyranny because of the conflicts … [Read more...] about Better Democracy Through Disagreement?
The May 22 Retirement issue of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. In our cover story, Simon Cotton continues his tour of ancient UK church architecture, finding a 12th-century structure and yew trees from the time of Christ at Pennant Melangell, three miles up a one-lane road in Wales. In News, Kirk Petersen describes the first trickle of … [Read more...] about New: 5/22 TLC Online
A photo essay by Asher Imtiaz Wim Wenders, a German director of two of my favorite films — Paris, Texas, and Wings of Desire — is also a photographer. “The most political decision you make is where you direct people’s eyes,” he writes in The Act of Seeing (Faber & Faber, 1997). This is something I have reflected on a lot in recent times. Where to direct people’s eyes? In … [Read more...] about The Burundian Immigrants of Tucson
By Robyn Douglass Correspondent If the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod approves the blessing of same-sex unions when it meets on May 8-13, GAFCON Australia is all set to go its own way. In July 2021 it established what its chairman calls “a lifeboat church” — the Diocese of the Southern Cross. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia … [Read more...] about New Zealand Split May Be a Preview for Australia
William Palmer: The Oxford Movement and a Quest for Orthodoxy By Robin Wheeler Holy Trinity Seminary Press, pp. 324, $47.95 Review by Richard Mammana Jr. Among the most eccentric figures to come out of the Oxford Movement was the Anglican deacon William Palmer (1811-79), who devoted his career to a personal testing of the Branch Theory: the idea that the one … [Read more...] about A Personal Testing of the Branch Theory
A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali, America’s Wildest Peak By Patrick Dean Pegasus Books, pp. 336, $27.95 Review by Rob Price From the hills of the Lake District in his native England, to the post-Civil War cattle ranches of West Texas, to the Gold Rush settlements along the Yukon River, and finally to the peak of Denali, Hudson Stuck was an … [Read more...] about An Adventurous Archdeacon