1. 30th Annual Members Juried Griffin Museum

    2024-05-24 13:42:46 UTC
    I am excited to announce that one of my photographs from my Ukraine portfolio was chosen for the 30th Annual Members Juried Online exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.  Curated by Executive Director, Crista Dixon, the Griffin chose 61 photographs out of 1300 submitted.  You can…

  2. ECCF Last Mile Fund Grant Awarded

    2024-04-01 16:29:00 UTC
    I am pleased to announce that I have received a $500 grant from the Essex County Community Foundation’s (ECCF) Last Mile Fund.  A part of ECCF’s Creative County Initiative (CCI), this  grant is designed to enhance economic and professional development opportunities for artists with limited access to resources.  These grants…

  3. Starting My MFA at Maine Media!

    2024-02-01 17:21:00 UTC
    I am excited to announce that I have been accepted into the Master of Fine Arts degree program at Maine Media Workshops and College in Rockport, Maine.  My first residency is in May 2024 where I will join photographers, filmmakers, and other media artist twice a year for three years…

  4. Solo Exhibition: UCC Sanctuary Church

    2023-02-08 20:43:00 UTC
    UCC Sanctuary Church in Medford, MA has invited me to share the City of God project in its art gallery.   Twenty prints from each of two portfolios (works in progress) will be shown on the walls.  An artistic talk and reception will take place on Friday, February 10th at 7pm.   

  5. News: City of God Selected for (Re-)CONNECT Group Exhibition

    2022-11-28 20:53:00 UTC
    I am excited to announce that five of my images from the City of God portfolio were recently published in Lightreadings photography magazine in their (Re-)CONNECT group exhibition curated by Panos Kasimis .   Lightreadings is an international, bilingual (English-Greek) online photography magazine which aims to promote creative photography in all…

  6. Learning: Why Are Immigrants Often So Religious?

    2022-07-07 16:39:00 UTC
    As most of you know, when our family moved to Lynn we were a bit shocked.  We didn’t realize how many churches there would be in Lynn.  There are a lot!  And of course most of these churches are filled with immigrants: 1st and 2nd generation immigrants from Latin America,…

  7. News: Home Markets at Lynn Library

    2022-06-22 16:01:00 UTC
    I am pleased to announce that selections from my Home Markets portfolio will be shown at the Lynn Library Main Reading room this summer.   The Lynn Daily Item ran a front page article on the exhibit recently.  You can view the article here.       

  8. Book Review: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

    2022-06-13 17:26:00 UTC
    Now in its third edition, The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins is a very important book to understand immigrant faith here in America today.  Jenkins is a professor at Pennsylvania State University and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.    Jenkins explains the…

  9. Website: Evangelical Immigration Table

    2022-05-18 17:58:00 UTC
    Evangelical Immigration Table is an online place where evangelical Christians of various denomination, theological traditions, ethnicities and political perspectives can gather together to encourage distinctly Biblical thinking about issues of immigration.   Scores of prominent evangelical organizations and leaders have endorsed a statement of principles which reads as follows: Our national

  10. Organization Spotlight: MIRA

    2022-04-14 17:39:00 UTC
    Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee is a coalition of over 140 organizations in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.   Founded in 1987 shortly after President Reagan’s partial immigration overhaul, it is one of the major voices in the immigration debate locally and nationally,  lobbying for comprehensive…

  11. News: City of God at Griffin Museum Atelier 35 Exhibit

    2022-03-15 16:15:00 UTC
    Hi everyone, selections from my portfolio, “City of God”, are now on exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.  You can find out more about the exhibit here.  

  12. Book Review: They Take Our Jobs!: And Twenty Other Myths About Immigration

    2022-03-10 18:26:00 UTC
    Aviva Chomsky is a professor of history and the coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.  In this book, Chomsky addresses common beliefs and concerns about immigrants and immigration.   Writing from a progressive left perspective, questions addressed include:  *Do immigrants take American jobs?  *Do immigrants…

  13. Book Review: Debating Immigration

    2022-02-09 18:26:00 UTC
    Debating Immigration is a collection of 20 original essays written by scholars as they explore the nuances of contemporary immigration in the United States and Europe.   Edited by Princeton professor, Carol Swain, themes include: economics, demographics and race, law and policy, philosophy and religion, and European politics.   The volume is…

  14. Book Review: Welcoming The Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate

    2022-01-06 19:46:00 UTC
    When people ask for a book recommendation on the topic of immigration today, I usually recommend this book.  Written by two staff members at World Relief, a Christian relief and development organization, Welcoming the Stranger, published in 2018, honestly wrestles with the complexity of immigration here in the United…

  15. Book Review: A Nation of Immigrants

    2021-11-25 19:41:00 UTC
    I did not know that JFK was writing this at the time of his assassination.  It was almost finished and thus published posthumously.   JFK cared a lot about the issue of immigration!   In fact, the landmark 1965 Immigration Bill, is attributed to JFK’s passion and work towards immigration reform.  In…

  16. News: Grant Awarded for Documentary Photography Project

    2021-11-23 19:51:00 UTC
    November 18, 2021  Dear Rev. Dr. Balentine:  Congratulations! On behalf of the Louisville Institute, it is my privilege to share with  you that you are one of 25 pastoral leaders selected to receive a 2022 Pastoral Study  Project (PSP) grant. This year, we received 93 applications from pastoral leaders  throughout…

  17. Organization Spotlight: Emmanuel Gospel Center

    2021-10-28 18:48:00 UTC
    I have known the Emmanuel Gospel Center since I was a seminary student. Founded to serve and help churches to flourish,  EGC has been a pivotal organization providing training and coordination for church ministries in Boston, as well as focused research and writing on what EGC calls “The Quiet Revival”…

  18. Book Review: American Dirt

    2021-10-14 18:47:00 UTC
    I read this book recently and couldn’t put it down!   American Dirt by Jeannine Cummins is a fictional account  of a woman, living in Acapulco, Mexico who must flee for her life from the drug warlords who have killed her husband.  Published in 2020,  the book takes the reader on…

  19. Website: Global Boston

    2021-10-07 18:40:00 UTC
    Global Boston is a website that focuses on the history of immigration in Boston, including surrounding cities.  It is  overseen by Marilyn Johnson, a professor of history at Boston College.   I have found the website to be extremely helpful for learning about immigration in New England especially.  Pages include various…

  20. Photo Book: Atget’s Paris

    2021-09-30 18:40:00 UTC
    Eugene Atget is considered by many to be a founding father of documentary photography.   Born outside of Paris in 1857, he trained to be a priest for awhile and then went into the merchant Navy for a stint.   Following a 17 year career in traveling theater,  he turned to painting,…

  21. Organization Spotlight: New American Center of Massachusetts

    2021-09-16 18:47:00 UTC
    The New American Association of Massachusetts is located right here in Lynn. Its mission is to assist newly arriving refugees and immigrants with integration into American society.  Formed in 1991 by former refugees of the Soviet Union,  the organization was determined to help others fleeing religious and political persecution in…

  22. Photo Book: Sanctuary

    2021-08-12 20:08:00 UTC
    As a growing photographer, my library is starting to collect a number of photo books.  This is one that fits right along with the City of God project.  Thomas Roma is a photographer based in New York City.  In Sanctuary, he presents 52 black and white photographs of  churches…

  23. Website: Social Documentary Network

    2021-06-17 19:01:00 UTC
    The Social Documentary Network is a global network of people focused on the power of visual storytelling related to the issues and concerns of our world today.  I first learned about SDN when I attended a talk given by the founder, Glen Ruga, in Newburyport several years ago. If you…

  24. News: Home Markets at Griffin Atelier 33 Exhibit

    2021-02-21 17:10:00 UTC
    Hi everyone, my portfolio on Lynn Home Markets (aka convenience stores, spas, corner stores, bodegas, etc.) will be shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography as part of their Atelier 33 photography exhibit.  You can find the link to the show here.  

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