by Cathy Ann Elias

Hannah Snavely (Doctoral student at University of California, Riverside), “The Global Encounter as Communitas: Inter-Pilgrim Musicking Along the Contemporary Camino de Santiago”

Snavely’s paper on musical experiences on the Camino de Santiago was particularly impressive in its fine judgment of the balance between presenting a very…


Western White Trillium

Over the last few months, I have meditated on Junius Johnson’s claim about “Our worldly experience of beauty” and that “we call beautiful that which excites this memory [of God] in us” (24). Memory here is not simply a reminder but an embedded knowing found deep in our bones, a…


review by Mark Peters

Review of Junius Johnson, The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020).

Richard Rohr writes, “We cannot not live in the presence of God,” linking this statement to the beautifully poetic prayer attributed to St. …


COVID-19. Cancelled classes and events. Reduced budgets. More and more things going online. The 2020/2021 academic year has been one of the most difficult ones in recent experience.

But, in the midst of all these challenges, a source of collegial encouragement and scholarly collaboration continues: The Society for Christian Scholarship…


Trio Italiano d’archi. “Beethoven: String Trio, Op. 3.” Beethoven: String Trio, Op. 3, Serenade, Op. 8. Brilliant Classics 95819, 1999, compact disc.

Meyer, Edgar, and Joshua Bell. “Death By Triple Fiddle.” Short Trip Home. Sony Classical Records 2011623, 1998, compact disc.

Kleiber, Erich (conductor), and The Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam…


by Breck McGough (Baylor University) and Hannah Porter Denecke (Florida State University)

This year’s annual meeting marked the first fully virtual SCSM, and we were left feeling grateful and inspired that we could gather to think and learn even in such strange times as the COVID-19 pandemic. There were several…


by Scott Faulkner

Dec. 16, 2020 would have been Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. COVID put a damper on countless performances of his works that were planned, but it’s hard to feel sorry for a guy whose music has been at the top of the charts for a quarter of…


by Junius Johnson

It is somewhat customary at the beginning of an essay to make apologies. In that vein, let me offer the following: these reflections are hopelessly and shamelessly grounded in specificity. The specificity in question is my own experience as a performer of Beethoven. I do not speak…

Chelle Stearns

Associate Professor of Theology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store