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…]

The Sound of Silence: Reflections on My Struggles with Silence, and its Lack, both in Church and out

David Russell Mosley   Eastertide 24 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, The first time I was properly confronted with silence was when I was in college. At the time I was double-majoring in Biblical Exposition and Preaching (I later dropped the Preaching major), and I was taking homiletics. One [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…]

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…]

Keeping Christianity Strange: Celebrating Rev. Hedges in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Feast of St. Luke The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, A few weeks ago I introduced my kids to one of my favorite kids’ movies, Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, or, as my kids call it, Giant Rabbit. Of course, as I’ve mentioned before, one [Read More…]

Pope Francis in Elfland: Reflections on Laudato Si’ Part II

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 1 September 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, The other day I wrote to you concerning some initial reflections on the relationship between Elfland, as I often talk and write about it, and Pope Francis’ understanding of creation in his Encyclical Laudato Si’. In that letter [Read More…]

The Dangers of Forgetting John the Baptist and Remembering Yourself

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time The Beheading of St. John the Baptist The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As some of my letters have indicated, I’ve been feeling spiritually destitute of late. So, thanks to the help of some friends, I finally met with a spiritual director. He’s helping me to pray [Read More…]

Folk Liturgy: St. Bartholomew’s Bun Run

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time St. Bartholomew’s Day The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today I was made aware of a fascinating tradition that goes on in Sandwich in England. There is an old chapel there dedicated to St. Bartholomew (you know, the apostle). There is an old tradition there––how old I [Read More…]

The Christian Festival of Lammas: Alison Milbank, Bread, and the Church Year

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Lammas The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Somehow, I missed the fact that today is Lammas, despite just having done a post that included the below video about it! Fortunately, the pagans here at Patheos were able to remind me. So, I thought I would re-share Alison [Read More…]

My First Book is Available for Pre-Order: Being Deified: Poetry and Fantasy on the Path to God

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 30 July 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I hope you will forgive this moment of blatant self-promotion. All I can really say about that is it will get much worse once my novel is available. While you wait for my novel, however, consider spending an awful [Read More…]