Monthly archive April, 2012

Rolling the Dice: The Orthodox Church’s “Bet” on Putin

by Irina Papkova The recent Russian elections have highlighted the complicated relationship between the Orthodox Church with both state and society. In December, prominent clergy expressed their dissatisfaction with the evidently fraudulent nature of the parliamentary election, and even patriarch Kirill made statements that could be interpreted as calling upon Putin to reform the...

The Kony2012 Family

In a statement on their website and a follow-up video released on April 5th, IC elaborates on the background behind the Kony story and encourages everyone to explore inhumane conditions throughout the world. To this end, they devised a worldwide day of action titled “Cover the Night (Make Kony Famous 2012).

Happy Birthday Zionism

Amy Levin: Given that today and tomorrow mark two extremely important national holidays in Israel beginning with Yom Hazikaron, the day of remembrance for Israeli soldiers, followed by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s independence day, it seems fitting to bring the timeless debate over Zionism to the virtual table. This week, Huffpost Religion is publishing...

RT if u <3 da Sistas

Ashley Baxstrom: You’ve probably heard at this point about the Vatican’s statement concerning what it considers to be the wayward actions of its sisters in faith. You can refer to The Revealer’s “Radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” for the basics, including how nuns were “reprimanded for making public statements that ‘disagree with...

The World Before Her: Making Indian Women

A review of The World Before Her, now showing in the Tribeca Film Festival. by Natasha Raheja  The opening sequence of director Nisha Pahuja’s documentary The World Before Her cuts sharply between salwar kameez and swimsuits, Marathi and English, Bombay and Aurangabad, stilettos and chappals, open hair and plaits, bhangra beats and nationalistic hymns, saffron and...

An Art Critic in Ethiopia

From Holland Cotter's article on his visit to the sunken churches of Lalibela:
A priest, in white, stood at a lectern and read aloud from an illuminated book as a European video crew fussed with sound checks, then asked him, please, to start again. To an outsider the general impression was confusing, disconcerting. Can this...

Chuck Colson Reads

Anthea Butler at Religion Dispatches David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement Jeff Sharlet on Twitter Michael Dobbs at The Washington Post David Sessions at The Daily Beast David Mark and Adelle M. Banks at Religion News Service

Our Rabbi

Rachel Barenblat at Velveteen Rabbi summarizes last Saturday’s Bloggercon session on religion and blogging.

4/24: Screening of Antonioni’s CHUNG KUO – CHINA, with Angela Zito

THE COLLOQUIUM FOR UNPOPULAR CULTURE presents: CHUNG KUO - CHINA (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1972), 208 min. Introduced by Angela Zito WHEN: Tuesday 24 April 2012, 6:30pm WHERE: Room 471, 20 Cooper Square [East 5th and Bowery] FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

“Radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”

The bishops have taken nearly four years to plan their renovation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  The new oversight and changes come without input from the Women Religious.  The New York Times wrote yesterday:
The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the...

So Long, Rowan Williams

What does Rowan Williams's resignation mean for American Anglicans? By Daniel Schultz Word reached us lately that the eyebrows of the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, had decided to step down at the age of 61, apparently taking the attached primate with them into an early retirement, or at least a return to the academic...

In the World links, Unfinished Business edition

Nora Connor: In 2008 the Chinese government recognized the annual Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, as a national holiday.