Archive for the 'Theology' Category

Tree Blessing

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Nov. 16, 2013: I officiated a civic tree-blessing ceremony on the bayou. We had a real-live fire dancer and Big Chief David Montana led us in singing “Indian Red.” Still can’t believe this really happened. It seems remarkable that someone like me, without any relevant credential, would be invited to do something like this. Many […]

Step into the Dark

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A year ago I set myself a project, an experiment, a journey, a spiritual quest. I wanted to discover, uncover, delineate and define my religion. I wanted to deepen, strengthen, and integrate everything in my life. I wanted to live with greater intention. And I wanted it all to happen on a one-year schedule. It […]

The Old Testament in Five Minutes

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Watching The Theologians this weekend reminded me: I finished work on another movie earlier this summer and never wrote about it. It’s a five minute animated version of the Old Testament. Believe it or not, this took me five years to complete. If I’d cleared my desk and worked on nothing else it probably would […]

The Theologians

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Michael Homan has concocted another short movie of inscrutable strangeness. This one is called The Theologians. This one’s got a lot of academic in-jokes that are over my untutored head, but if you watch carefully you’ll see me in one brief scene, along with Xy and Persephone who are particularly adorable. I also provided vocals […]

To My Aunt

Friday, May 25th, 2012

BART, you probably haven’t read about this [forwarded message: Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?] ––––– you are so brilliant, and I understand how your mind was to reject Jesus, but He is the only way to salvation, He is the only God who died on the cross for our sins–––statues of buddah, baal and […]

Context Clues

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

What’s in an Acronym I work at an HBCU. That acronym is not recognized by my spellchecker, nor was it in my vocabulary until I came to work here. It stands for “Historically Black College or University,” a term which requires even more unpacking. In a nutshell, the story is this. Once upon a time […]

A Couple Fun Things I Did Recently

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Sometimes it’s tough working with faculty. They have the summer off, and lots of them take extended vacations. Then they come back raving about what a fantastic time they had. Which is great, except sometimes I start to get a little jealous. So I thought I’d take a moment to remind myself of some fun […]

Rogue Spirituality

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Project Conversion is still getting into my head. I came across a phrase there one night, a phrase that stuck with me: the spiritual rogue. It got stuck in my head, and the next morning I came back to the site and looked for it and couldn’t find it and thought I’d dreamed it. But […]

Project Conversion at the Halfway Point

Friday, June 10th, 2011

For the past six months or so I’ve been following the fascinating spiritual adventures of Andrew Bowen at Project Conversion. The concept is simple to grasp: He converts to a new religion each month, and he writes about it. Anyone who knows me well will understand why this sort of public art/life/video matrix is so […]

Obligatory Rapture Post

Friday, May 20th, 2011

In addition to being my boss’ birthday, tomorrow is supposed to be Judgment Day according to Harold Camping. No, it’s not the end of the world. That’s coming in October. Just for the record, I may as well make my own prediction: There will be no rapture tomorrow. However there will be plenty of discouraged […]

The Foolishness of Man

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I’m not quite in my right mind today, thanks to some cold medicine I took this morning. So this might be the perfect time to revisit The Good News Bible Hour #14. The always-amazing Eric Spears (nee White) just excavated this video from his personal collection a few days ago, digitized it and posted it […]

Goals

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m not much for resolutions but I do have some goals for this year. Finish ROX #96. Really need to wrap this one up. It’s been four years since our last episode. Where has the time gone? Prepare a presentation on “The Role of Blogs in the Rebuilding of New Orleans” for the AERA 2011 […]

Revelation 11:18

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

The time has come … for destroying those who destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18 (New International Version, ©1984)

Xmas Xfire

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Strange times we live in. Here’s a Christian pastor, C. Joshua Villines, who says we should take Christ out of Christmas. Compare that to noted Pagan, T. Thorne Coyle, who wishes we’d all put Christ back in Christmas. They both make interesting points. As far as I can tell these two essays were written independently […]

The Awakening

Friday, November 19th, 2010

It’s been almost two weeks since I got back from POD 2010, and I still haven’t managed to write about it. But I find I can’t write about POD 2010 until I’ve addressed POD 2009. POD stands for the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and it’s pretty much the big conference for […]

Dead Time

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Over the last few weeks I’ve been fiddling with constructing my family tree on ancestry.com. (Thanks to my old high school friend Georgie for getting me hooked.) I managed to trace one line back as far as Torvild Ljøstad, my great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great […]

Santa Muerte

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I recently noticed a small backyard shrine in my neighborhood. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first. I thought maybe it was related to Vodou or Santeria. Then, last weekend, I noticed the owner had put up a sign (English and Spanish) saying “Welcome to the Shrine of Santa Muerte.” The […]

Yoga

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Yesterday morning I took my first yoga class ever. Through Living Social, I got a deal on three classes at TriYoga in Mid-City that was just too good to refuse. Even though I’ve never done yoga before, it’s something I’ve regarded positively for many years. Ironically enough, for years I’ve often urged Xy to try […]

Dark Green Religion

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future by Bron Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars Here’s a rarity — an academic book that is also a page-turner, at least for me. I couldn’t put it down. This is a broad survey of an emergent global phenomenon which might be called earth worship […]

Connect the Dots

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Some people criticize the green movement for being almost like a religious faith. Others say the green movement has lost touch with its spiritual roots. Now Dark Green Religion by Bron Taylor has landed on my reading list. I’ll report back if I figure anything out.