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Archive for May 27th 2009

Dave Nantais, a frequent contributor to America's pages and a Detroit native, reports on the mood of the Motor City as the American auto industry continues to shrink, what the church is doing to help the unemployed and why the city's cultural scene continues to hum despite the troubles.

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Jaime Lara of Yale Divinity School considers trends in church architecture from early church history, when no seating was provided for the congregation, to the innovations introduced after Vatican II. Professor Lara also offers a critique of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and an appreciation of the new Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif.

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Robert Sullivan, author of The Meadowlands and How Not To Get Rich and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and Vogue, talks about rats, swamps and his new book, The Thoreau You Don't Know. Inspired by the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and the theology of Karl Rahner, Sullivan's writings seek out the divine spark in even the most repellent of God's creations.

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