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Born in Houston, digital Advent calendar goes viral

Not only does The Dude, of “Big Lebowski” fame, abide, but so, too, do whirling dervishes, Jewish prayer shawls, elf dolls suspended between Venetian blinds, and Bernini’s 17th-century sculpture “Ecstasy of St. Teresa.” That’s according to Instagram users across the globe who submitted photos to the Anglican Communion’s new digital Global Advent Calendar. Advent season […]

“Houston rabbi publishes tales from nebbish, Jewish Lake Wobegon”

English writer and Christian apologist G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.” Humor can bridge religious denominational gaps, as is epitomized by the absurdist stories about the so-called Wise Men of Chelm, which are told in Conservative, Reform and Orthodox Jewish circles alike. Naturally, […]

Houston photographer deconstructs time to reveal mindful, present moment

When David A. Brown walks the streets of Houston, where he has lived for 21 years, he flirts with what he calls “moderate danger.” He’s not a klutz or particularly accident prone, but the “literal transformation” he experiences as a photographer has so captivated his attention that he has walked into walls and almost gotten […]

Bridging Atlantic divide in studies of Quran

As a University of Chicago doctoral candidate, Emran El-Badawi noticed a great divide between quranic scholarship produced in the United States and Europe and research created in the Islamic world. Western scholars often weren’t fluent in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, and the same was true for counterparts in the Islamic world with German, French and […]

  • Selected articles

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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