2012 Lenten Reflection Series
Last week I began the 2012 series withÂ Entering Lent: â€œI Wantâ€ in Higher Education. As you may remember, Kent Annan’sÂ Â After ShockÂ saturated my 2011 Lenten reflection. With Kent’s recent visit to South Central PA and the deep chord which “I Want” struck not only with me, but also a number of the students with whom I watched it, I wondered if my 2012 reflections would largely draw from his earlier bookÂ Following Jesus Through the Eye of the NeedleÂ (InterVarsity Press, 2009).Â Although this may still occur, on Friday I began reading a new book.
I picked up a copy ofÂ The Book Nobody Read: A Closer Look at the Book that Moved the WorldÂ byÂ Owen Gingerich,Â Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, at Hearts & Minds BooksÂ when dropping off materials from Scot McKnight’s Christian Scholar Series presentationÂ en route to have dinner with and then hear Owen present on the fascinating adventures related inÂ The Book Nobody Read. But that’s not the book I’m referring to 😉
As occurs in gatherings of Christian scholars and students, I connected with a number of people.* At the conclusion of theÂ lecture sponsored by theÂ Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science and Messiah College’s Center for Public Humanities,Â my friend Ted DavisÂ (who directs the Forum and is Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College) introduced me toÂ Paul Nisly. Paul is aÂ retired Professor of English at Messiah College with aÂ specialty is Southern literature. He particularly appreciates digging into William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. In addition to being an academic, Paul serves as a bishop in the Mennonite Church.
When introducing my work with the Emerging Scholars Network in South Central PA and the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA at the Penn State College of Medicine, I related the various speakers which we have hosted over the past twelve months. Messiah College alumnus Janel Atlas was among those whom I mentioned. As some of you may know, Janel presented at both the Medical Center and the Elizabethtown Public Library on They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010). Paul responded to Janel’s story and the work at PSU-Hershey by sharing some of his own loss. [Read more…] about Lent brings me back to reflections on loss, grief, suffering