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Unordained in the Diocese for the Sake of Porcupines: Some Thoughts on "Detachment" in Ministry

Unordained in the Diocese for the Sake of Porcupines: Some Thoughts on “Detachment” in Ministry

“I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!” was how I started the conversation with my buddy’s wife. And yes, I was quoting Zoolander, but it was the perfect description for my experience of being friends with her husband. I felt awkward talking to her about it, but I wasn’t sure what else to do. I remember we were sitting outside their home, and I was fiddling with a leaf plucked off some landscaping, making my own ersatz fidget spinner. That particular habit has proven to be a fantastic way to discover which plants cause me contact dermatitis. Quite a few as…

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An Extravagant Inversion of Values

An Extravagant Inversion of Values

As we’ve highlighted before, Emmanuel Carrère’s new book (novel? memoir? biography?) on St. Paul and the early Christians often reads like a diary fused with historical fiction. Carrère, well-known in France for his unique non-fiction storytelling, believes that the only way he can really communicate a subject is by looking as honestly as possible at himself. In this book, then, that means capturing the New Testament through his own relationship with and (un-)belief in its God. A powerfully honest and captivating reimagining of both the nature of belief and the radical message Paul carried, this passage gives a glimpse of…

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Good News in Tayeb Salih's The Wedding of Zein

Good News in Tayeb Salih’s The Wedding of Zein

If you’re currently looking for a good, semi-short work of fiction, I’d recommend The Wedding of Zein by acclaimed Sudanese writer, Tayeb Salih. With a light-hearted spirit reflective of oral tradition, this novella packs some unexpected punches even from the beginning.

The story opens with news spreading person-to-person that the village idiot, Zein, is getting married. The first few scenes are fantastic, both for their folklorish tone but also for their comic illustration of what happens when good news comes to town.

At noon the courtyard of the Intermediate School was quiet and deserted, the students having gone to their classes. From…

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