The Common Good
June 2010

New and Noteworthy

by Julie Polter | June 2010

The Virtual and the Divine

The Virtual and the Divine

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The writers in Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God explore theological implications in the gaming experience while respecting the benefits and limits of the digital world. An appendix offers tips to parents on “elevating the gaming conversation” with kids. Edited by filmmaker and pop culture scholar Craig Detweiler. Westminster John Knox
Lifting It Up
Patty Griffin’s lovely voice—strong, yearning—is a natural match to country-and-blues-rooted southern gospel. In Downtown Church she sings spirituals, hymns, and songs of searching that are by turns rollicking and spare, accompanied by friends like guitarist-producer Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, and two of the McCrary Sisters. Credential Recordings
Downstream
For the film King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, with a mix of whimsy and hard facts, followed an acre of corn into cattle feedlots and corn-syrup-spiked foods and drink. In Big River they trace the path and effects of the chemical and soil runoff from their acre. Mosaic Films
Later Life Abundant
In Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World, Marjory Zoet Bankson examines the spiritual dimensions of vocation in later life and how to discern and claim new, generative ways to use gifts and experiences. Skylight Paths
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