Dialogue: What Faith Communities Can Teach Psychiatrists about Depression by Dan G. Blazer Psychiatrists are often blind to the many ways that faith communities can contribute toward soothing the emotional suffering of the depressed. Conversations with Nuns by Amelia Perkins After a year at a women’s monastery, the author reflects on Eastern Orthodox Christianity less as a religion and more as a therapeutic treatment to move closer to God. Unsealed Memories by Melissa W. Bartholomew Any work toward racial reconciliation and healing must start with facing up to the evils of our past. A Protestant Poet's Theology of Sound by Nate Klug Emily Dickinson’s sense of her own “slow idolatry” helps this poet/pastor struggle with some vocational conundrums.
Featured: Devotion in the Study of Religion by Stephanie Paulsell The best scholarship involves slow, painstaking, humble work to cherish the “unknowable more” in human beings and human experience, and to respond with creativity. Two-Part Invention by Nancy J. Nordenson Our vocational lives tend to be complex, unpredictable searches for meaning on many levels, from the quotidian to the transcendent. The Work of Art and the Art of Life by Michael Jackson Art, religion, ritual, dance, and song are not different phenomena, but moments in an existential struggle to act vicariously upon the world—bringing it into being. Who is Jesus Today? by James Carroll Recovering the permanent Jewishness—not just of “Jesus,” but also of “Christ”—defines the essential work that Christians must do after Auschwitz.