In this monthly series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
University of Notre Dame, 2017
By Nicholas Denysenko, editor, former Resident Scholar
This book is comprised of nine essays developed from papers presented at the 2013 Huffington Ecumenical Institute’s symposium Icons and Images, the first of a three-part series on the history and future of liturgical arts in Catholic and Orthodox churches. Denysenko’s book delivers two significant contributions to the field of Eastern and Western Christian liturgy and iconography: a critical assessment of the status of liturgical arts in postmodern Catholicism and Orthodoxy and an analysis of the continuity with tradition in creatively engaging the creation of sacred art and icons. The reader will travel to Rome, Byzantium, Armenia, Chile, and elsewhere, to see how Christians continue to experience divine encounters through icons. The collection includes essays on the process of writing icons, and the practice of venerating icon prints.
Twenty-Third Publications, 2017
By Pamela Smith, SS.C.M., former workshop participant
This book of meditations focuses on scriptural passages related to the Holy Spirit, ranging from the wind in Genesis 1 to the Spirit and the bride in Revelation 22. Each short chapter includes a biblical reference, commentary, a prayer, and questions for further reflection. Contemporary
situations, known and unknown authors, and true life adventures enter into the book’s look at the Holy Spirit. Everyday life is the focus—and energizing the reader is the goal.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017
Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Hilda P. Koster, editors
Planetary Solidarity creatively engages Christian doctrine with the purpose of addressing the myriad ways climate change impacts the health and livelihood of women around the world. In part a response to the silence on women and gender in Laudato Si’, the book brings together essays by leading women theologians, such as Ivone Gebara, Sallie McFague, Barbara Rossing, Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Sharon Bong, Melanie Harris, Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Fulata Moyo and others. Uncovering the deep theological connections between gender and climate justice, these theologians chart a more inclusive vision for life together on our fragile planet.