One interesting bit of news that took me by surprise was discovering that I was being asked to give the Fall 2011 H. James Yamauchi, S.J., Lecture in Religion at Loyola. It looks like it'll be December 7th – the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack – and it will give me an opportunity to do one of the things that has been on the agenda I sketched out with Professor Fahey as I headed into completing my dissertation, which is to start to do popularized talks on the ecclesiology I proposed in my project. This will be perfect for that, so I'm already starting to play in my head with ways of describing these ideas in such a forum. Aaron, who did the last lecture, with a piece of his called "Islam and the American Dream" was kicking around title ideas with me the other evening. He actually thought I should keep the technical terms in a title, which he thought worked as a bit of a hook, but to also have a subtitle, in the sort of standard way of academic books these days. So right now the working title is "An Ecclesiology of Charisms: A Church of Unity or a Church Moving Toward Unity?"
Rosh Hashanah begins tonight. Mari invited me to come to shul with her and Barbra, which will be fun/interesting. It's been a while since I've been to a synagogue service: every time Mari wanted me to come last year, something was problematic in the timing.