Trying to Say “God”: After the Conference Part II: ““Rendering the World Strange: Folk Piety and Imagination” with Jessica Mesman Griffith, Kevin M. Johnson, and David Russell Mosley

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 27 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I am so happy to tell you that not only my panel but, I believe, every or nearly every panel and keynote that was recorded has been posted, FOR FREE, on SoundCloud. Our panel was called, Rendering the [Read More…]

Good Friday and the Holy Grail: Thirsty Reflections from a Good Friday Service

David Russell Mosley Holy Week Holy Saturday 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As most of you know, tonight I will be received into the Catholic Church. So, last night I headed off to my parish’s Good Friday service. I’ve just begun a new job at a Catholic High School (hence [Read More…]

Goblins at the Feet of Mary: Reflections on What I Saw During Mass Today

David Russell Mosley Lent 3 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I went to my first confession today. Up to this point in my journey toward Catholicism, I believed I couldn’t receive this particular sacrament, not until I was officially received into the Catholic Church. However, at my last confirmation [Read More…]

The World of Patrick’s Breastplate: Seeing through the Eyes of a Medieval Prayer

David Russell Mosley Lent 18 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Well, yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and many have written excellently about the man and his feast day and why it shouldn’t exclusively include drinking and green and leprechauns. Today I want to talk about a prayer that is [Read More…]

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Entering the Sphere of Jove: Reflecting on Joy with Lent, C.S. Lewis, and Michael Martin

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 2 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I want to talk to you about Joy. It has been an obsession of mine of late. I began to notice its influence on me most at the tail end of the last liturgical year and the start [Read More…]

Arthur Elwood and the Charmwood Banshee

David Russell Mosley Advent Christmas Day 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, It was dark. The snow covered the ground and was still falling. The wind caused the snowflakes to flit about. If Arthur Elwood hadn’t been so tired and the air so cold, he might have thought it beautiful. Instead, [Read More…]

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Sexism, Celibacy, and the Male Genome: More Reflections on the Virgin Birth

David Russell Mosley Advent 20 December 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’ve gotten some wonderful, and some odd, comments on my last letter dealing with the sexism of the doctrine of the Virgin Birth. I’ve also read a few pieces from the Tippling Philosopher over at Patheos Nonreligious, that make [Read More…]

Is the Doctrine of the Virgin Birth Sexist? A Response to Christian Chiakulas

David Russell Mosley Advent 17 December 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Christmas day is now but 8 days away. And as we near, I am trying, and often failing, to turn my mind to the truth of the Incarnation, the reality that was unveiled that day God became a human [Read More…]

Spiritually Mapping Santa Claus: Out Narrating David Grisham and Repent Amarillo’s Anti-Santa Stunt

David Russell Mosley   Advent 14 December 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, A few days ago a man called David Grisham went to Amarillo’s Westgate Mall to tell children in line to get their picture taken with Santa Claus that Santa is not real and that the reason we celebrate [Read More…]

Adventual Reflections on Silence, Whisky, Nick Offerman, and Pipe Smoking

David Russell Mosley Advent 12 December 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today, Nick Offerman’s YouTube channel, My Tales of Whisky, released a few new videos. These videos, in many ways, serve as a continuation of Offerman’s character Ron Swanson (in attitude if not in name) from the popular television series [Read More…]