Today we are introducing a new weekly post to Missio, the “Resource List.” Anyone familiar with the institutional blog world will quickly recognize that “link lists” abound. Everyone has one. So the natural question is of course, “is this just another link list?” Hopefully, the answer is no. The “Resource List” posts hope to distinguish itself from the typical form that “link list” posts take, and provide some value added for the larger conversation regarding faith, vocation, and culture.
These posts are formed around four guidelines. First, this will be a resource list, not an internet link list. They will include books, poems, films, prayers, sermons—a whole range of cultural artifacts and readings that help introduce and fill out certain topic. Second, the lists will cohere around a specific theme (ex. this week’s theme is generosity). So the resources provided will directly or elliptically relate to the chosen topic for the week. Like the photo above each resource is a small candle, illuminating the larger topic at hand. Third, the resources will not be “time-bound,” aka articles posted to the internet in the last week. We want the resources to be part of the list because they are good, not because they are new. Finally, the resource list will have a rotation of curators—starting with Washington Institute staff, and then expanding out to other Missio contributors.
This first post on the theme of generosity is a pilot post. The form this weekly post might change, but we hope you find it fruitful and stimulating. Please feel free to provide some of your own resources that you have found helpful in the comment section below.
- On Wealth and Poverty by St. John Chrysostom
- The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde
- Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us by Christine D. Pohl
- Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf
- The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude by Margaret Visser
- When I Was A Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
- Caritas In Veritate by Benedict XVI
- Generous Justice by Timothy Keller
- Babette’s Feast
- The Lives of Others
- “The Wish to be Generous” by Wendell Berry
- “Immigration, Refugees, and the Old Testament” by Mark Glanville in Comment Magazine