Obama as Brother-in-Chief?

I was going to post this on facebook, but my commentary got a bit out of hand. As a side note, I’m trying to find ways to come out and be more open about my own perspectives on current events, religion, and anthropology. We’ll see. First off, you have…

Wisdom Welcomes the Light

In this quote from Frederica Mathewes-Green, a noted Orthodox writer, she meditates on the results of her experience in a European church as a young agnostic tourist, in which God spoke to her directly, saying, “I am your life. You think that your life is your name, your personality,…

Wisdom Has a Standpoint

…They don’t even know that they’re a foreign country. ~~~~~ I met with [an academic award] committee on campus today to discuss my application to study religious change and conversion in Central Asia. I’d like to go and be with people, move slow, share life, learn what matters to…

The Missionary Barrel

Back in the day they used to call it the “missionary barrel.” Some frontier church in New England would gather up everything they couldn’t really use anymore – little boy’s breeches, navy blue; old candlestick holders, slightly tarnished; fifty embroidered handkerchiefs, a little yellowed; the pieces-parts of a phonograph,…

we live ski slopes

What is culture? I’ve been reading some of those old anthropology books that try to define people, and places, and why we are, and whether we can choose who we are, and where we come from, and whether culture is in our bodies or our minds, whether it is…