That rumble you heard a day or so ago was a disturbance in the Godbeat — or in this case, perhaps, the gods-beat — Force. There was this announcement over at The Revealer, our lively counterpart on the left side of the aisle in the religion-and-press sanctuary.
The Revealer will be taking a short break from blogging for a few weeks, but we’ll continue to publish longer features above. With the end of the school year, we’re winding down the original grant the Pew Charitable Trusts that gave us life. The Revealer will continue, but in somewhat different form. I’ll be thinking about what that’ll be and how to do it in the coming weeks. I’ll also be writing syllabi — as of this fall, I’ll be teaching two Revealer-related graduate courses for New York University’s Center for Religion and Media, through the Department of Journalism and the Religious Studies Program. The future shape of The Revealer will be linked to those courses.
Please know that we will still be right here, if we survive our latest attempt to smooth out our software. At the moment, it does not appear that the comments section is working. I just got nailed with an error message saying that I had not filled in my required name and email address (which does NOT publish online), when, in fact, I had filled in those fields. Readers! Try the comments and, if they don’t work, send us email to let us know! You can reach me through www.tmatt.net.
Meanwhile, there is big news at this blog, as well. In the very near future, GetReligion will semi-officially — and we are still working on officially — reside in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Young master Jeremy Lott already lives and works there and the Rt. Rev. LeBlanc is just down the Virginia rail line in the Richmond area.
Now, I am moving back to Beltway-land after accepting a teaching post at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Basically, the Summer Institute of Journalism that I have helped lead for 11 years is turning into a full-semester program. I am excited about the move for several reasons, not the least of which is getting to base my Scripps Howard column in the same city as my editors at the D.C. bureau. The Mattinglys will also return, with great joy, to our former church home south of Baltimore, Holy Cross Orthodox Church, home of Father Gregory and Frederica Mathewes-Green and all kinds of wonderful folks.