Jonathan K. Crane

Arboreal Wisdom? Epistemology and Ecology in Judaic Sources

Download PDF: Crane, Arboreal Wisdom Editor’s note: This piece was first presented at a conference on religion and ecology at Emory University titled “The Sacred Mundane” on September 10 and 11, 2015.  Practical Matters is pleased to feature some of the reflections from

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Notes on Pilgrimage and Pilgrimage Studies

Easter Pilgrims to Jerusalem, view from the east to west 1910.

Download PDF: Kaell, Notes on Pilgrimage Studies Abstract This article discusses some recent theoretical and methodological trends in studies of pilgrimage, a field that has grown significantly as of late. It begins by exploring how scholars might study failure during pilgrimage,

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Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis

Download PDF: RV Massaro, Peacebuilding Edited By Robert J. Schreiter, R. Scott Appleby, and Gerard F. Powers Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010. 480 pages. $30.00 The buzzwords are familiar: conflict transformation, post-conflict reconciliation, restorative justice. Scholars of religion who hasten to

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Good Coffee


“Good Coffee” is the first-person story of Ethiopian civil war refugee Keleme Bayu. In this documentary, we witness one example of the often resilient power of hope in the lives of those affected by mass violence. Ms. Bayu is no

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Restoring Rosewood: Movements from Pain to Power to Peace

Photograph of Burnt Palms by Rachel Lee

Download PDF: Mingo, Restoring Rosewood  Abstract1 January 1, 1923, marked the beginning of a massacre that abolished the small, predominantly Black town of Rosewood, Florida, following an alleged rape of a young White woman. Rosewood is a story of physical, emotional,

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Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics

Download PDF: RV Douglas, Ethnography Edited By Christian Scharen and Aana Marie Vigen New York: Continuum, 2011. 304 pages. $29.95. Methods in Christian theology and ethics have been undergoing dramatic changes over the past several decades, perhaps most noticeably in their

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Teaching ‘Overcoming Violence’: Reflections on Violence, Peace, and Practical Theology

Photograph by Kevin Dooley.

Download PDF: Teaching Overcoming Violence Editor’s Note: The following reflection is based on the authors’ experiences teaching a collaborative course entitled, “Overcoming Violence”. The syllabus and supplemental materials for this course can be downloaded here. The Decline of Violence? By the recent

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Violence and New Religious Movements

Download PDF: RV Smith, Violence and New Religious Movements Edited by James R. Lewis New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 456 pages. $35.00 Arguably, it is difficult to imagine the serious study of New Religious Movement (NRMs) without the contributions of

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