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  • January Edition: What Faculty are Reading & Watching

    "When it comes to discerning what to read, watch or listen to in the precious time we have, it is always helpful to have the suggestions of people who read and experience new information as part of their living. Some of our faculty share here monthly the books they are reading, as well as the electronic media they are listening to or viewing.   Most of us have a stack of books at our bedside, while some of us have stacks near our reading chair, our cocktail table and any other horizontal surface capable of supporting weight. Most of us also have long lists of films we want to see or music groups we hope to experience.  When it is possible, some of the faculty will give you a few words of evaluation of what is occupying their leisure time.
    In a world with too many options for reading and watching, we hope faculty suggestions will help you in your discernment process about what to read on your journey." 

    ~ Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD 


    Rev. Dr. Michael KinnamonRev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon
    Recent publications in my field that I recommend are David Hollinger, After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History, an excellent collection of Hollinger's writing about the mainline churches, Keith Clements, Ecumenical Dynamic: Living in More Than One Place at Once, Konrad Raiser, Religion, Power, Politics (Raiser is a former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches), and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church.  The best book I have read in any field in the past couple of months is Ari Shavit's recently-published study of Israel, My Promised Land.  It is the most anguishingly even-handed treatment of Israel's triumphs and tragedies that I have seen.

    Dr. Christie EpplerDr. Christie Eppler
    I just finished the novel "Tell the Wolves I'm Home", a story set in 1987 about sisters, grief, and finding your voice when the world around you seems to be growing more complex. Also, I've devoured the first two seasons of In Treatment. This drama is based on the Israli show BeTipul, many episodes are word-for-word translations of the original series. The show features an psychoanalyst who sees patients ranging from a Navy pilot with complex grief to a young woman who may have tried to kill herself in a bicycle accident. The type of therapy featured is traditional analysis, and the doctor is starting to feel the pressures of vicarious tramatization. I appreciated a glimpse into a therapist's office that is more realistic than what the media usually portrays. And, I am left to wonder what the sessions would look like if a relationship and pastoral therapist were in the room? Another note, during the grey, short days, I've been trying to get outdoors. I hiked Annette Day on New Years Eve day, and later found a new-to-me trail, Deception Pass Headlands--Rosario Head. These hikes were refreshing and invigorating for both me and my pup, Luke!

    Rev. Dr. Dick Cunningham Rev. Dr. Dick Cunningham
    Two great reads. Both books bring to light historic figures by examining the socio-cultural and religious context of their lives.  The authors identify the qualities of each characters life while examining in detail the external forces that informed their character development.

    Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman, by James C. Homes:
    This easy to read book takes the reader into the visionary character of Winston Churchill.  Homes, invites the reader to know Churchill beyond the political moves, newspaper headlines, and dynamic decision maker during the dark nights of World War II.  The reader is taken into Churchill creative thinking and problem solving as a military strategist and statesman.  His experience of the carnage of World War I he worked tirelessly to avoid war while predicting German military buildup and nationalism.  He also predicted the formation of a European Union to address geo-political and social needs.  I found his philosophic approach to meet humanitarian and societal needs contrasted with socialism to be provocative and useful today.

    Dallas 1963, by Steven Davis and Bill Minutaglio:
    For me the assassination of JFK seems like it happened just a few days ago.  After the news broke I spent hours in front of the TV trying to comprehend the reality of this turning point in American society.  

    The authors of Dallas 1963 take the reader back to the city of Dallas prior to the assassination by painting a detailed picture of the socio, cultural, political and religious landscape of city.  On one hand many of the residents of Dallas could hardly contain themselves with anticipation just to catch a glimpse the President and First Lady.   The handsome Bostonian and his elegant wife were visiting the city of Dallas for the first time.  Yet on the other hand the authors introduce a dark side of this southern city, racially paranoid, religiously and politically conservative, fearful of this northerner

    Constellations of highly visible political, economic and religious leaders in Dallas were vehemently opposed to Kennedy’s election and presidency.  H.L. Hunt was the world’s largest oil mogul, Ed Walker a excommunicated military general, and W.A. Criswell was the pastor of the worlds largest Baptist congregation.  Prior to the Presidents visit to Dallas the oppositional forces repeatedly warned Kennedy not to make the trip to Dallas.

    Davis and Minutaglio reveal these and other tensions facing the young president as he confronted the cities climate of hatred. Yet in the pages of this read you will find the heroes of equality and the forces for justice. Dallas 1963 is not only a fresh look at a momentous national tragedy but a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing ideologies can poison a city-and a nation.”

    Television Viewing:
    A must watch PBS Series:  “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" – with historian Henry Louis Gates.  African-American, history, from slavery to the first black president, is examined in this documentary series.  The series is available for viewing on the PBS website where you can download to your laptop.

    Other Interests: SeattleU Redhawk basketball at Key Arena & Seahawks Football

    Dr. Andrew DavisDr. Andrew Davis
    As for reading, I got The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt for Christmas and have been really enjoying it (though I was making better progress before the quarter started).  I loved Tartt's The Secret History when I was in college, and I think this latest novel is as good as that one.

    Our must-see TV includes Downton Abbey (back at last), The Soup, and Parks and Recreation.


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