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Sexuality, Dialogue, and the Church: An Interview with James Alison

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James Alison, the Roman Catholic theologian, priest, and author, currently travels the world as an itinerant witness for the reconciliation of faith and sexuality. Indeed, he is most well known for his work fostering dialogue regarding lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer (LGBTQ) issues within the larger church community, as well as his application of René Girard’s anthropological... Read More

The Rules of Sustenance

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She’s standing in front of me, pulling her sweatshirt up to reveal a pale, heavy belly. “I think it’s pretty obvious,” she says in response to the pregnancy question on the intake sheet. Kelsey had been driven to the shelter by her father, who held out a twenty, patted her back, and said, “You’re doing what your mother couldn’t.” Leaving a man who beats her. Kelsey... Read More

Forms and Flows of the Word

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Emergence of the Word I knew it was the right place because the sound of the bass made the sidewalk tremble. The electronica house music beckoned me through the doors. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I could see a large room with what looked to be a dance floor and a single bar stool at the center. The music faded out and a band, hidden in the shadows, started to play. On the... Read More

The Comfort Food of Pretzel Logic: Regulating Emotion with Steely Dan

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Nothing affects us chemically like being in love—the sensation of floating on air; the hazy, dreamlike reality; the natural high. But just like withdrawal from any other drug, withdrawal from being in love can be hell. I was reminded of this last spring. The sun was out, the trees were in bloom, yet life stood perfectly still. This girl did a number on me. She embodied Bob Dylan’s... Read More

Finding Connection in the Bread and the Cup

Food is deeply relational. It relates us to its source, the earth; it causes us to form social networks for its production and distribution; and through its consumption, it demonstrates our personal connections, or lack thereof. Because of this, our ways of eating are poignant symbols of our way of life—what we eat tells us about who we are. If we look at a typical North American... Read More

Tasting the Animal Kingdom

Editor’s Note: In 2010, The Other Journal published The Spirit of Food: Thirty-Four Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, a collection of essays and recipes that colorfully depict how our acts of eating echo the community of the church and the sacrament of communion. One of these essays, “Tasting the Animal Kingdom,” which we have chosen to feature in our Food Issue,... Read More

To Love Oneself Through Food: Geneen Roth and a Christian Resistance to Compulsive Eating

As they strive for slenderness, many women in the United States express lifelong frustration with food and their own bodies. Every reader of this piece, if she herself does not experience frustration at her own body shape and size, likely knows at least one woman who chronically diets, expresses displeasure at her thighs and stomach, and hopes for that sunny day that she can lose... Read More

The Catch & Esau’s Portion

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The fish she bears in the basket on her head lost their gleam between boat and market, lost it the moment they had nothing to breathe but air. Stunned pewter, they sway toward a mound of ice built for them—a mausoleum that will vanish at the end of day, when their migratory journey resumes within bodies that swim in sweaty beds toward a stillness called sleep. But for now they... Read More

Hobbits, Heroes, and Football

Every September brings with it the anticipation of fall colors, new beginnings and, yes, the National Football League. A few years ago, I celebrated the start of the academic year by attending a Seahawks game here in Seattle. The day was gloriously warm and sunny, a prized commodity in the Northwest. It was the opening home game of the season, and there were lots of extra bells... Read More

The Communion of Saints

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Editor’s Note: In 2010, The Other Journal published The Spirit of Food: Thirty-Four Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, a collection of essays and recipes that colorfully depict how our acts of eating echo the community of the church and the sacrament of communion. One of these essays, “The Communion of Saints,” which we have chosen to feature in our Food Issue, offers... Read More

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