Tag Archives: Catholicism

Celebrating a medieval ‘Miracle of Amsterdam’ in city better known for its vices

9 Apr

AMSTERDAM (RNS) — Several thousand faithful braved below-freezing wind chills on a recent weekend night and filed quietly through the streets of a city more typically known for its red-light district vices than for its religiosity.

The hourlong Stille Omgang, or “silent walk,” held every year on a Saturday night around midnight a couple weeks before Easter, commemorates a medieval miracle and a post-Reformation time when Catholics were forbidden from displaying their faith publicly.

It’s a subdued ritual that stands in contrast to the extravagant processions found in other countries with a rich Catholic heritage.

So begins Menachem Wecker’s report on a Catholic ritual in contemporary Netherlands. You may read the rest of his report here.



13 Dec

Advent is the season of hope, the season of waiting for the coming of Christ. As Christians we believe that our hope is found in Christ, and that the church, the body of Christ, is God’s chosen instrument of revelation.

But how do you offer hope when the Church itself is the oppressor?  When the Church has committed countless violations in the name of Jesus?

So begins Mark Charles’ (Navajo Christian) advent reflections. You can read them in their entirety at Native News Online here.

The Shifting Landscape of American Religion

6 Sep

Here is a fascinating report on the current realities and trends in the U.S. religious landscape: PRRI

Before Sloth Meant Laziness, It Was the Spiritual Sin of Acedia

19 Jul

At Atlas Obscura, Kelsey Kennedy provides a concise and astute consideration of the history of the vice of acedia: Before Sloth Meant Laziness, It Was the Spiritual Sin of Acedia – Atlas Obscura

A Native Perspective on Memorial Day

2 Jun

This is a commentary to which, as a historian, a Christian, and a friend of the author, I say, Amen!: A Native Perspective on Memorial Day – Native News Online

The Western origins of the sanctuary movement

14 Mar

Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation. Read Sarah Troy’s cogent report on the history and current directions of the reawakened Sanctuary movement here at High Country News: The Western origins of the sanctuary movement — High Country News

5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History

14 Mar

From historian Chris Gehrz of Bethel University, five reasons why Christians should learn to think historically about their past: 5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History

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"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

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