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I work as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at a number of institutions in the DC area. My teaching focuses in various ways on writing, poetry, Spirituality and Christian vocation and ministry - especially from the point of view of the laity. I also offer classes and retreats encouraging people to explore their inner lives, engage their creativity and reflect on their beliefs about God, vocation, and how we can discern and pursue new ways to transform our broken world. I enjoy speaking of faith in the secular academy as well as reminding those preparing for ministry in the Church that our primary purpose is to love and serve the world beyond the church's doors. I love helping people to grow in faith and to find their own voices, and I also love encouraging them to use their minds. I see no contradiction between these impulses, believing as I do that faith, reason and creativity work together.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Two new publications on David Jones!

This is starting to be a big year for me, with the appearance in print of several projects I've been working on for sometime.   The collection from Brill (edited by Jamie Callison, Paul Fiddes, Erik Tonning and Anna Johnson), David Jones: A Christian Modernist? is out now - and is full of articles that explore exactly the kind of questions that most interest me around  Jones and the significance of his voice in our time. My essay, "David Jones:  Christian Artist at the Dawn of a Post Christian Era" is the last in the volume.    And I'm delighted to report that the collection from Bloomsbury that I am co-editing with Tom Berenato and Anne Price Owen will be out in June:  David Jones on Religion, Politics and Culture: Unpublished Writings.   The work on these projects has got me thinking in fresh ways about how Jones's take on the role and practice of a Christian artist in our time has affected my own approach to reading, writing, and theological reflection.  I continue to mull this over.  

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