Monday, November 14, 2005

CrossLeft presents: Dylan's Lectionary Blog

Got a great show for you today. I’m expanding our musical scope this week by including an artist that I discovered at opsound.org, a collection of open source, creative commons musicians. Our musician this week is Andrew Vavrek, a very interesting artist working in the open source movement. Vavrek’s piece, “Peace on Earth” will play in its entirety following our featured speaker, Sarah Dylan Breuer. Rooted in the Anglican tradition, Sarah hosts a wonderful and very popular blog at www.sarahlaughed.net and is already established herself as an important voice for progressive Christianity through her lectionary meditations and sermons. Her website is a terrific introduction to her compelling thought and artful discourse and Dylan is introduced there as a preacher, teacher, and thinker with a master's degree in New Testament from St. Mary's Divinity College of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a a Ph.D. candidate in the history of early Christianity at U.C.L.A.. Her lectionary blog, which offers reflections on biblical readings for the coming Sunday in the lectionary, was recently named among "The Best Spiritual Blogs on the Internet" by Beliefnet.com. Dylan is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Maryland; she also serves on the board of Integrity and in the Emerging Women's Leadership Initiative's national consultation, and as president of Gathering the Next Generation (the national network of Generation Episcopalians. As a longtime U2 fan, she was pleased to contribute six meditations to the recent book Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog. In her spare time, she loves cooking, playing guitar, and questing for the perfect cup of coffee. And so, this week, CrossLeft proudly presents Sarah Dylan Breuer as she presents for us her lectionary blog for this week, Proper 28, Year A.

Many thanks to the Andrew Vavrek for today’s music and to Sarah Dylan Breuer for her lectionary meditation. You can find out more about Andrew Vavrek and information about his music at http://vavrek.com/ or http://opsound.org. You can find Dylan at http://www.sarahlaughed.net. You can also these links in our show notes on our podcast host page at crossleft.blogspot.com.

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