October Edition: What Faculty are Reading and Watching

Written by Hannah Crivello
October 30, 2014
"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 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, near our reading chair, or on our cocktail table as well as 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 about what is occupying their leisure time.?
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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." ?
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"I'm currently reading a few different books including A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good, by Miraslov Volf. It is a really accessible and captivating book on how to engage our faith with integrity and mutuality in light of the plurality of voices in society today and thus, for some, a further separation of faith from the public square. I'm also reading Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st Century by Ronald Modras--an interesting book given to new faculty that looks at key Jesuit figures and their spirituality. And Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller, a humorous book (I liken the writing to the NBC hit show, 30 Rock) that help persons, especially younger Evangelicals, rethink some of their held beliefs on religion, community, sin, grace, etc.

I've recently watched two documentaries including God is the Bigger Elvis, a story about Dolores Hart who starred opposite Elvis Presley in Hollywood. At the height of her career, she left the industry to pursue a call to the vowed religious life as a Benedictine nun. The documentary follows her and others' lives in their pursuit of God. A second documentary, Sport in America: Our Defining Stories, is a compilation of the average fan's recollection of their most memorable sports moments. It uses sports as a portal to critically discuss different aspects of life including among other issues gender equality, the inner soul, and social relations."
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"I'm reading The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher Clark - in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, that began World War I. It makes amazing connections to the post-Cold War world we live in, with new non-nation state powers eroding long-established empires."

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Dr. Mark S. Markuly
"A couple of the things I've read over the past month are? God the Economist: The Doctrine of God and Political Economy by ?M. Douglas Meeks, and? Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder by?Richard A. Horsley. For fun, I'm reading? Gilead by?Marilynne Robinson.

Two talks I found interesting on the most significant popes impacting the shape of 21st century Catholicism are? Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church?by Leonardo Boff, and The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy by George Weigel."


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