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October 2016

fall at collegeville instituteIt has been a busy season at the Collegeville Institute: we welcomed new Resident Scholars, hosted an interfaith panel on vocation, and held our fall board meeting. Many of you have been busy as well, crafting compelling articles on the life of faith and writing.

Here are links to our favorite articles and essays by Collegeville-affiliated writers this fall. 

1. "At some point I misplaced my purity ring--and later, my virginity." - Katherine Willis Pershey (Summers 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015).

2. Cara Strickland (Summer 2015) wrote about the bleak future of food criticism for Salon.

3. Rachel Marie Stone (Summer 2015) on bringing her cat to church.

4. Writing about Trump and Evangelicals is tricky, but Karen E. Park (Summer 2016) does it with aplomb.

5. Jonathan Malesic (Summer 2016) on why we need a new theology of work.

6. Sarah Torna Roberts (Fall 2015) used the leaked Trump video as an opportunity to discuss consent with her son.

7. Shirley H. Showalter (Fall 2015, Resident Scholar Fall 2016) on why you should be writing book reviews.

8. What do Jesus and gentrification have in common? Read this interview with D.L. Mayfield (Summer 2014) in Religion Dispatches.

9. A letter to first year seminary students on why writing is central to faithfulness by L. Roger Owens (Summer 2016).

10. Isaac Villegas (Summers 2014, 2016) on how having second thoughts can be holy.

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Staff Picks

Great writers are great readers. The editors of Bearings Online share what articles they enjoyed reading this month from around the web.

Don Ottenhoff
"Don't miss Charles Marsh's article "Eric Metaxas's Bonhoeffer Delusions" in Religion and Politics." 

-- Don Ottenhoff, Executive Director
Stina Kielsmeier-Cook
"Kaya Oakes writes the best analysis on the rising number of religiously unaffiliated people in the United States."

-- Stina Kielsmeier-Cook, 
Digital Communications Specialist 
Betsy Johnson-Miller
"What shines through in Alex Dueben's interview with W.S. Merwin is the poet's wisdom and continued sense of vocation."

-- Betsy Johnson-Miller, Communications Associate

Latest from the Collegeville Institute

Alarm clock
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 is the deadline for the Resident Scholars Program. Submit your application for a 2017-18 residency today! 

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Interfaith panel

The Seminars program held an interfaith panel on vocation, featuring contributors to Calling in Today's World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives.

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Lake Sagatagan in late September
Mark Unno snapped this picture of Lake Sagatagan at Saint John's University in late September.

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