When I’m working on more than two or three articles at a time (not a series), sometimes the writing well within seems to dry up. Each short article becomes progressively harder to write until I find myself on article 4 or 5 staring at a blank screen with no idea what to say. I know that I’m more comfortable writing long-form (books, screenplays, or even a series of articles about the same topic), but one advantage of writing shorter pieces is that I need to fill the well more often. Which means lately, I’ve been finding some interesting and helpful resources that I believe you will enjoy as well!
- Sr. Nancy Usselmann is writing a series of monthly articles on the sacred and pop culture, which will be available online at the Brehm Center’s website just until the end of 2016, when they will be taken down and edited for publication. (The Brehm Center, through its Reel Spirituality initiative, helps Christian leaders to critically engage culture and integrate theology and the arts.) Sister Nancy’s wonderfully written articles cover various aspects of our pop culture. This is a link to the first article, A Sacred Look: A Call to Become Pop-Cultural Mystics.
Here is a list of her next articles:
- A strong theme that frequently comes up in Pope Francis–and which I believe he encourages us to use in the New Evangelization–is “encounter.” I’ve written a little bit about what this means, but recently stumbled across this article in the Houston Catholic Worker that explains what “encounter” and “encuentro” mean to someone from a Latino culture. I found it very helpful to put into words what I was intuiting from reading the Pope’s frequent references to this term.
- Our sisters in Italy have been publishing short articles on the media and now they’ve put them together on their website in English under the heading: Window on Communication. It’s an excellent series of articles on various topics connecting media and spirituality, written by a wide variety of writers.