Advent: Awaiting a Miracle

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian season of preparation before the celebration of Christmas 2019 Date: 1st – 24th December (Western Christianity), 28th November – 6th January (Eastern Christianity) Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners Linked Holidays: Christmas, Lent, Martinmas (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Advent is a liturgical season of preparation within the Christian Church which is […]

Hallowtide: Facing Death

Quick Facts Summary: a three-day Christian commemoration of the saints and all the faithful departed. 2019 Date: 31st October, 1st November, 2nd November Celebrated by: Western Christians, Western Culture Linked Holidays: Hallowe’en (Western), Samhain (Pagan) Background and Theological Significance Hallowtide, also called Allhallowtide or the Hallowmas season, is a triduum (three day observance) in the […]

Un-privatising Pastoral concerns: On the Feminine, Secularism and Neo-liberal Culture

by Danube Noel-Johnson Introduction As contemporary analyses of the status of religion in modern nation-states suggest, secularism has led to the relegation of religious practices, belief, and values to the private sphere. The private—particularity, subjectivity, irrationality, religion, domesticity, the mystic—is distinguished from what is considered the public sphere, which is characterized by modern, liberal principles—universality, […]

Offering Prayers as Absenteeism?

by Frederik Seidelin   In some situations—certainly in the English-speaking world—people who are not normally particularly religious suddenly become very devout, or at least express themselves in a devout manner. If someone posts on social media about serious illness of their own or in their family, a string of responses from friends invariably appears saying […]