Monday, July 8, 2013

Mimetic Desert Monastics, Apostles, & Other Creatures

Tomorrow, I start out for this year's COV&R Conference at Cedar Falls, IA. For those who are going, and I hope there are many of you, be sure to be there in time for the panel discussion of Wolfgang Palaver's new book RenĂ© Girard's Mimetic Theory as it will be discussed by a MOST distinguished panel.

It has been a while since I gave you an update on my blog Imaginary Visions of True Peace so I have some updating to do.

Dispossessing a Town Possessed is based on a sermon on this most Girardian of NT texts.

I didn't preach for Saints Peter & Paul but I re-worked an earlier article on the feast called Peter & Paul: The Church's Quest for Mimetic Unity

Being a native-born US citizen, I thought I would share a few thoughts on our national holiday called On Being Interdependent on Independence Day.

This brings me back to the COV&R conference coming up. I will be presenting a paper Desert Monastics as Hidden Models. Those of you who are coming can hear it live & discuss it. For those who aren't coming or  are going to one of many other good presentations can read it on my blog.

St. Benedict's day is coming up. I will miss being at the abbey, but it turns out that James Alison is celebrating the anniversary of his ordination on the day & I will be preaching. My sermon is An Extraordinarily Ordinary Saint.

On a sadder note, I will pass on the news for those who may not have heard: Bob Hammerton-Kelly suffered a severe stroke last week. Yesterday, when it became clear he wasn't coming back, the family took him off to life support and played a Mozart aria while he passed on.

Hope to see you in Iowa.

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