Category Archives: Art and Spirituality

The Ben Long Frescoes of North Carolina

In 1972, artist Ben Long was looking for a place to put his newly acquired fresco painting skills t0 work. He approached J. Faulton Hodge, the rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Jefferson, North Carolina, with an offer … Continue reading

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The Sistine Chapel of Mississippi

Image courtesy of Walter Anderson Museum of Art Sometimes holy places are easy to find, and sometimes they emerge only upon reflection. I was reminded of this truth on a recent trip to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to attend … Continue reading

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Mary the Fierce

Today’s post is the text of a sermon I gave in my home church on one of my favorite topics: the Virgin Mary. The Gospel text for the day is Luke 1:39-55: In those days Mary set out and went … Continue reading

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The Woodcarvers of Bethlehem

As Christmas approaches, I find myself thinking of my visit to Bethlehem last January. In particular, I remember meeting Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem who create handcrafted items made from locally grown olive trees. In a very tough part of the … Continue reading

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Can Bad Religious Art Be Good?

Today’s post is my monthly column for the Episcopal News Service: On a recent visit to a museum dedicated to Christian religious arts, I came up with a potential addition to the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not use life-size wax … Continue reading

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Altars Big and Small

Today’s post is my monthly column for the Episcopal News Service: A number of years ago, my family and I came back to the United States after a semester in England. As we were going through customs, an official picked … Continue reading

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Hymns of Colored Light

Today’s post is my monthly column for the Episcopal News Service: Some years ago, a priest in our church made a passing comment that has stuck with me ever since. Looking up at the stained glass window behind our altar … Continue reading

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Painting Pictures In Glass and Light

Let me begin by thanking everyone who left such thoughtful comments on my previous blog post about the death of my friend Teri. I always learn from you and appreciate your insights–my gratitude goes to Susan, Rebecca, Mississippi Pilgrim, Jim, … Continue reading

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The Virgin as Crone

The Holy Rover has been in Chicago for a few days at a meeting of the Midwest Travel Writers Association. As always I was on the lookout for holy places, and I’m pleased to say I found one in an unexpected place: … Continue reading

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