(The Stations of the Cross is Jesus' agonizing journey fro...)
The Stations of the Cross is Jesus' agonizing journey from judgment to crucifixion along the -Via Dolorosa; from the Tragedy of Good Friday to the Christian Miracle of Easter. The goal of this book is to combine a “there/then” with a “here/now” experience. “Stations” explores four aspects of the Via Crucis (Latin: Way of the Cross): 1. The 14 paintings by Norman Dolph - stark black pigment on raw canvas - depict each of the stations of suffering. They are based on the stations as they appear in Jerusalem today. They show Christ's inexorable progress to the pain of the cross on Golgotha and the glory of his resurrection. The paintings were originally exhibited in the 6th Biennale of Sacred Art at the Museo Stauros d'Arte Sacra Contemporanea (San Gabriele, Teramo Italy). 2. The 33 poems by Rev. Mary McAnally focus, meditate upon, and expand for our century, threads of meaning from ages old. Assertive 21st Century Poems that trace a path in a new "Holy Land" - a different land - your inner self. These messages use ancient concerns to relieve modern angst. Words with transformed meanings - poetic resonance yielding insight into the unimaginable process of Christ's journey, death and rebirth. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia University, Mary is an activist for peace, justice and women’s issues. Widely published, her manuscripts have been collected and published in literary journals and anthologies and 5 chapbooks of her works. 3. The walk is described as though you were taking the path in Jerusalem yourself. To provide a scale and a reality of the experience, the route is overlaid on the path you would take up the hill from the UN building - to Grand Central Terminal, in New York City with the oppressive burden of a heavy cross. 4. Extensive biblical scholarship - Scriptural, historical and bibliographical - provides a depth and breadth to the Holy pilgrimage. Poetry, Art, Narrative, Scripture and Research - annealed into a radically new compound. Different readers will follow different threads through the book - but the destination is always the same. We see how guilt, confession, forgiveness and redemption transform into life's "Big Three" - HOPE - FAITH - LOVE. The Kindle edition comes with a full table of contents and an NCX Index for easy navigation.
Bachelor, University Tulsa, 1962. Bachelor's Degree, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1965. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1968.
Doctor of Education, Columbia University, 1968. Postgraduate in journalism and creative writing, New School for Social Research, 1969—1970. Master of Divinity, Phillips Theological Seminary, 1990.
Assistant to chaplain Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1963. Director Christian education 1st Presbyterian Church, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1963. Administrative assistant Office Student World Relations, United Presbyterian Church in United States of America, New York City, 1965—1969.
Instructor African studies Spelman College, Atlanta, 1967. Counselor for Vietnam veterans Staten Island Community College, 1969—1970. Research associate Clergy Concerned About Vietnam, New York City, 1970—1972.
Instructor black studies Upward Bound Program, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, 1972. Volunteers in Service to America supervisor Legal Services Organization, Indianapolis, 1972—1973. Senior citizens supervisor Indianapolis Settlements, Inc., 1973—1974.
State education supervisor Associate Migrant Opportunity Services, Inc., Indianapolis, 1974—1975. Director Suburban South Young Women’s Christian Association, Bloomington, Minnesota, 1975—1977. Director Women's Center, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, 1977—1978.
Poet-in-prisons for Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council and Institution Programs, 1978—1984. Research associate assistant director National Indian Child Abuse and Neglect/Resource Center, Tulsa, 1979—1980. State coordinator Head Start, Claremore, 1980—1981.
State director Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, 1981—1990. Dean of students Oklahoma Junior College, 1986—1987. Director corrections ministry Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, 1992—2000.
Director Osage Hills Apartments Ministry, 2000—2002. Chaplain Trinity Hospice, 2002—2003, Oxford Health Service, since 2003. With Girling Health Service, since 2003.
Volunteer counselor, organizer, teacher organizations, New York City, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Tulsa. Pastor Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, 1987—1992, Unitarian Universalist Church, Bartlesville, United Universalist Church, Stillwater, 1997—2000. Chaplain Hillcrest Hospital, Tulsa, since 1990.
Researcher, minister West Africa, 1961, South Africa, 1968, Central American, 1990. Counselor, board member Harriet Tubman Shelter, Minneapolis, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Tulsa. Organizer, president Open Door Arts Cooperative.
Board member Individual Artists Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, 1982—1984. Board directors, volunteer Animal Aid, Community Service Council, Tulsa Interfaith Alliance and others. Member, organizer Poets for Peace, Artists Call, Tulsa Poetry Alliance, Tulsa Peace Fellowship, Pastors for Peace, numerous others.
Member of National Writers Union (national executive board 1983-1985, state organizer Oklahoma 1982-1984).
Married Etheridge Knight, June 11, 1973. Children: Mary Tandiwe, Etheridge Bambata.