The latest news & 10 links to read from Collegeville writers.

January 2017

MaryJanuary has been full of freezes and thaws at the Collegeville Institute. The political transition in the United States has thrown many of us into uncertainty. Still, the monks at Saint John's Abbey continue to pray the hours, albeit with "slightly increased tone" as Martin Marty imagined in an essay last week, and we continued our work with new resolve. This month, faith leaders came together to discuss health care, new resident scholars arrived, and we continued to receive a steady stream of summer writing workshop applications.

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

1. Our histories are complicated, especially for Rachel Marie Stone (Summer 2015) who wrote about her grandfather - both "a neo-Nazi and a Jew" -  for the New York Times.

2. Kate Bowler (Summer 2016) thinks it's time you made peace with the megachurch in your community. 

3. Have you heard about the Values and Voices project, where 100 religion scholars wrote scriptural letters to Trump’s administration for its first 100 days? Beth Kissileff (Summer 2011) describes the genesis of this project

4. Vance Morgan (Resident Scholar 2009) believes that "each of us has a Nazi inside of us."

5.  Did you see Martin Scorsese's movie Silence? Amy Peterson (Summer 2014) wrote about the film and her own missionary failure for Fox News.

6. Kathleen Cahalan, Project Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, believes that experience is the basis for good judgment.

7. This interview with Jill Kandel (Summer 2013), author of So Many Africas, ranges from how she got her start, the complexities of writing about other cultures, and why finding a writing community is essential.

8. MaryAnn McKibben Dana (Summer 2010) considers Patty Wetterling, our neighbor here in Central Minnesota, to be an everyday hero.

9. Ajung Sojwal (Fall 2015, Summer 2016) wonders how, as a priest, she dares "stand witness to the resurrection without constantly touching the scars of deep wounds on Christ’s body, my own body."

10. In Forbes, Shirley H. Showalter (Fall 2015, Resident Scholar 2016) tells others "my job is jubilee" rather than "I'm retired."

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Staff Picks

Stina Kielsmeier-Cook"Several great reads: how social media has helped refugees after Trump's executive order, this interview with actor Andrew Garfield on falling in love with Jesus while filming the movie Silence, and Barack Obama, Forever a Third-Culture Kid, which ran in the New Republic."

-- Stina Kielsmeier-Cook, 
Digital Communications Specialist 
Carla Durand"Weekly I get emails from writers about new publications they originally worked on while at Collegeville. This essay by Kurt Armstrong on ISIS is excellent; it's an example of the strong work stemming from the Ecclesial Literature Project."

-- Carla Durand, Program Manager & Communications Associate

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