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Summer 2021 | Volume 39, Issue 3

Embodiment

While there are many ways to interpret the markers of “progress” over the last millennium, one line stretching east along the axis is the gradual displacement of bodies. Without quite realizing it, many of us pre-pandemic were starting to believe that bodily limitations could be cast aside in the quest for more—ignoring the boringly basic needs of our human bodies and their rhythms.

And so this year of death and disease has offered, in a tragically revealing way, a severe mercy of course correction. We’ve realized that embodiment is not actually a hurdle to overcome, but the very yeast for flourishing itself. How will we allow this to reshape our understanding of the good life? Will our app designers and urban planners, theories of change and individual habits reflect this recovery of our creatureliness, of givenness and finitude?

13 Articles In this Issue
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Embodiment's Grace by Anne Snyder

Recovering the gifts of human finitude.

06
Mortality and Natality in the Pandemic   by Jennifer Banks

Our tragic world needs beginnings. What, now, are we beginning?

Mortality and Natality in the Pandemic

by Jennifer Banks
  This article will be released for subscribers on July 22nd @ 9am

Our tragic world needs beginnings. What, now, are we beginning?

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What Do We Owe the Dead?   by Adam DeVille

On our responsibility to dead bodies.

What Do We Owe the Dead?

by Adam DeVille
  This article will be released for subscribers on September 16th @ 9am

On our responsibility to dead bodies.

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Ambivalent Embodiment   by Peter Hartwig

Lessons from pastors' work in the pandemic.

Ambivalent Embodiment

by Peter Hartwig
  This article will be released for subscribers on September 9th @ 9am

Lessons from pastors' work in the pandemic.

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Bring Forth the Body   by Jake Belder

A reflection on the many bodies at a funeral.

Bring Forth the Body

by Jake Belder
  This article will be released for subscribers on September 16th @ 9am

A reflection on the many bodies at a funeral.

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Inhabiting Our Feeling Bodies   by Niamh Colbrook

Eating disorders, emotional bodily experience, and the body of Christ.

Inhabiting Our Feeling Bodies

by Niamh Colbrook
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 26th @ 9am

Eating disorders, emotional bodily experience, and the body of Christ.

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Beyond Sexual Capitalism   by Tara Isabella Burton

The Christian's invitation.

Beyond Sexual Capitalism

by Tara Isabella Burton
  This article will be released for subscribers on July 29th @ 9am

The Christian's invitation.

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The Materiality of Digital Culture   by L.M. Sacasas

It's not as invisible—or as disembodying—as our devices lead us to believe.

The Materiality of Digital Culture

by L.M. Sacasas
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 12th @ 9am

It's not as invisible—or as disembodying—as our devices lead us to believe.

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Care at Scale   by Debbie Chachra

Bodies, agency, and infrastructure.

Care at Scale

by Debbie Chachra
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 5th @ 9am

Bodies, agency, and infrastructure.

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Worlds of Sound   by Michael Grigoni

The power of soundscapes in memory, narrative, and practice.

Worlds of Sound

by Michael Grigoni
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 12th @ 9am

The power of soundscapes in memory, narrative, and practice.

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From Imagination to Incarnation   by Malcolm Guite, Heidi Deddens

On the redemptive possibilities of poetry and what it means to be a custodian of language.

From Imagination to Incarnation

by Malcolm Guite, Heidi Deddens
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 19th @ 9am

On the redemptive possibilities of poetry and what it means to be a custodian of language.

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African Stone, Orthodox Icons   by Jonathan Pageau

Carving out a life of faith and meaning through participation in an ancient art.

African Stone, Orthodox Icons

by Jonathan Pageau
  This article will be released for subscribers on September 2nd @ 9am

Carving out a life of faith and meaning through participation in an ancient art.

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Embroidering Hope   by Sarah Clarkson

How ordinary objects of beauty invite us into greater courage.

Embroidering Hope

by Sarah Clarkson
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 26th @ 9am

How ordinary objects of beauty invite us into greater courage.

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