July/August 2019

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Good Omens’: Exploring the spaces between good and evil

By Linda Brooks
Television programs with religious themes or characters seem to be on the upswing. A new six-part mini-series from Amazon Studios and released on Amazon Prime has a pretty broad sweep. “Good Omens” takes on heaven vs. hell and the coming apocalypse as the basis for its story.

Based on the 1990 book “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch,” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, “Good Omens” offers a wickedly funny satirical observation of the relationships of angels and demons to their human charges. In the process we learn something about ourselves as well.

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Bishop David Bailey, left, and Bishop Michael Smith participate in the blessing of the Hozho Center. Photo/Dick Snyder
Convocation hears about signs of hope in Navajoland

By Dick Snyder
Navajoland gets by with a little help from its friends, Bishop David Bailey explained during the 43rd annual convocation held June 7-9 in Farmington, N.M.

“There are a lot of challenges, mostly economic,” Bailey said in his address. He explained that most of the buildings in Navajoland are old with outdated electrical service, galvanized pipes and leaky roofs. For instance, use of the St. Mary in the Moonlight church in Monument Valley has been suspended because the roof collapsed, he noted.

But there are signs of hope which include a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to make major repairs at Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, Ariz., and partnerships with other dioceses, parishes and church organizations.

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