Emerging from North Dakota's mundane religious isolationism is not simply a nice, honest devotion, Mills has found, but a taciturn, judgmental "churchiness
" that teaches its adherents to be wary of outsiders, blame the victim, and question change, even when justice is at stake.
This glistening new restaurant, the Leopard at des .Artistes, adheres dutifully to contemporary notions of "modern" good taste: The churchiness
of the dark, wood-paneled room has been painstakingly lightened; most of the original Tudor-style detailing has been surgically excised and the rest covered with either white paint, drywall, or touches of unadorned walnut paneling.
"Blair's North-East roots were really fascinating to me and also his churchiness
, to put it simply.
But Hardy himself, a devout agnostic, frequently records his "churchiness
," his fond memories of Sunday services, his continuing attendance over the years, and his profound love of hymning, so there is clearly no dichotomy in his own mind between an acculturated "churchiness
" and being an agnostic.
Presented here by the Collegium 1704 Ensemble under the direction of the harpsichordist Vaclav Luks, it speaks to listeners in bright musical colours that are not broken up even by the long reverberation that detracts from the concrete quality of the expression of individual instruments in the cause of enhancing the "churchiness
" of the sound.
There is a real need for the church to engage in its ministry of healing outside what could be called the "churchiness
" of the church.