The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice Part 1, with guest Patrick Saint-Jean, Creighton University

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice Part 1, with guest Patrick Saint-Jean, Creighton University
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Patrick Saint-Jean is a Jesuit Regent. A native of Haiti, he has degrees from universities in France and Mexico, a postdoc from the University of Chicago, and he completed his theological studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Currently teaching psychology at Creighton University, he is also the author of a remarkable new book titled The …

Highlighted Episode: Wilderness Spirituality, with guest Belden Lane

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
Highlighted Episode: Wilderness Spirituality, with guest Belden Lane
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This week, we reach into our past episodes to highlight Belden Lane’s “Wilderness Spirituality.” We released this episode in the month of May, a time—at least for those following academic calendars—of busy travel and end of semester business. This isn’t a new episode with Belden Lane; rather, we appreciate his thoughts and careful consideration of …

Grief and Poetry, with guest Kim Langley

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Faith and Imagination
Grief and Poetry, with guest Kim Langley
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Kim Langley is president of LifeBalance Enterprises and founder of WordSPA (short for spirituality, poetry, appreciation), an organization that engages poetry as a healing art. We talk about her book Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey, which discusses how poetry helps us grapple with multiple aspects of grief and find purpose, beauty, …

Teaching Spirituality in the Humanities, with guest Richard White, Creighton University

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
Teaching Spirituality in the Humanities, with guest Richard White, Creighton University
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Richard White is a professor of philosophy at Creighton University and the author of several books, including, recently, a book about spirituality and philosophy titled Spiritual Philosophers: From Schopenhauer to Irigaray. He recently published an article titled “Teaching Spirituality: A Personal View.” I have my own experience teaching such a course, and Richard and I sit …

Art as a Window onto the Divine, with guest Katie Kresser, Seattle Pacific University

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Art as a Window onto the Divine, with guest Katie Kresser, Seattle Pacific University
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Katie Kresser is Professor of Art History at Seattle Pacific University and author of the 2019 book Bezalel’s Body: The Death of God and the Birth of Art. The book describes how art accentuates the relationship between the human and the divine. We talk about Katie’s theological and devotional vision of art and how she arrived …

Season 1 Recap: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

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Faith and Imagination
Season 1 Recap: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward
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Host Matthew Wickman and producers Abby Thatcher and Sam Jacob talk about Season 1 of the podcast, discussing the origins of the podcast and key takeaways thus far. They also look ahead to Season 2, beginning in just a few weeks.

Theological Aesthetics and the Work of Michael O’Brien, with guest Rebekah Ann Lamb, University of St. Andrews

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
Theological Aesthetics and the Work of Michael O'Brien, with guest Rebekah Ann Lamb, University of St. Andrews
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Rebekah Ann Lamb is Lecturer in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews. Her work explores intersections between theology, visual arts, and literature, and she has additional interests in Biblical Studies, Dante, and Christian Personalism, which asserts the ultimate value of persons, human and divine. We speak with her today about …

Our Denial of Death and the Religious Impulse, with guest Kelsey Osgood, freelance writer

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
Our Denial of Death and the Religious Impulse, with guest Kelsey Osgood, freelance writer
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Kelsey Osgood is a freelance writer and the author of How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia. Her work has appeared in such venues as The New Yorker’s Culture Desk Blog, Time, Harper’s, the New York Times, and Salon. Recently, in Plough Quarterly, she published “The Yahrzeit of Ernest Becker,” a personal essay about coming to terms with large existential questions and …

On Prayer and Abundance, with guest Tish Harrison Warren, Resurrection South Austin

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
On Prayer and Abundance, with guest Tish Harrison Warren, Resurrection South Austin
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The Reverend Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, a former campus minister, and current writer-in-residence at Resurrection South Austin. She is a regular columnist for the magazine Christianity Today and has also written for such venues as The New York Times, Religion News Service, and Comment magazine. She …

Faith and Literary Criticism, with guest Mark Knight, University of Lancaster

Faith and Imagination
Faith and Imagination
Faith and Literary Criticism, with guest Mark Knight, University of Lancaster
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Mark Knight is Professor in Literature, Religion, and Victorian Studies at the University of Lancaster and also general editor of the journal Literature and Theology. Mark’s expertise includes nineteenth-century fiction, theology, and postsecular criticism. We talk about his 2019 book Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel, about the difference religion makes to how we understand …