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Nuns and Pop Culture

Pop Art as Sacred Art?

Blog Published: November 18, 2013

When Pope John XXIII threw open the window opening the Church to the modern world, I'm not sure he specifically had pop culture in mind, but why not? ... I started thinking about this after reading an interesting article called "The good books: how church used pop art to guide young"... It's an interesting read with a look at the covers of several pamphlets that pose tantalizing questions related to sexuality, vocation, drinking, and well, more sexuality.  

AS149 Ask Sister - Sound of Music gone country; nun customs of greeting and respect, and "the discipline"

Podcast Recorded: November 10, 2013

AS149 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on November 20, 2013.

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The Real Nuns of "Call the Midwife"

Blog Published: September 3, 2013

I recently came an article from 2012 with the real-life nuns that have served as consultants to the show Call the Midwife. They are a group of seven Anglican sisters from the Community of Saint John the Divine. The community was founded in 1848 as a "nursing sisterhood" working with Florence Nightingale, London's East End, and then Birmingham where they've lived since 1976.

The Divine Sister: Another play on nuns

Blog Published: June 6, 2013

I'm grateful that my introduction to The Divine Sister, a comedic play written by Charles Busch, came from a review by Lawrence Toppman, a theater critic and culture writer with The Charlotte Observer. Had I run into the predictable story line and characters elsewhere, I may have been less than amused with this comedy and missed its actual intent.

Of nuns and nursing: "Call the Midwife"

Blog Published: May 9, 2013

My sister Donna texted me a while ago and said, “U gotta c ths show--Call the Midwife. PBS. Nuns.” I hesitated, because I’m not a big fan of tv shows based on medical stuff. But I figured if Donna, who is a nurse, likes it, I probably would too, especially since it has nuns.

Nun outfits in the news

Blog Published: April 29, 2013

Is our popular image of what nuns look like taking a turn? I read an article in the Mail Online, a UK news outlet, about Kelly Osbourne, in which writer Leah Simpson comments on in a recent sighting of Kelly and her boyfriend and the goings-on of the Osbourne family.

Reinventing "Nun" - a visual spiritual exercise

Blog Published: April 15, 2013

When you hear or read the word "nun", what visual immediately springs to your mind? Do you see a person, outfit, location, activity? Do you see something more abstract like a scene of simplicity, complexity, gentleness, or motion?

Can Jesus BandAids heal your bandwidth problems?

Podcast Recorded: March 6, 2013

This Random Nun Clip is from Ask Sister podcast episode 132. Hear the full podcast at AS132.

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