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“A Game Ever Green: Memory, Childhood and the Abiding Beauty of Baseball”

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Cathedral Square Building

Catholic Information Center

360 Division Ave. S.1
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Of all the major American sports, baseball historically has most lent itself to literary analysis and nostalgic sentiment. What is it about a mere game that evokes such lyrical reflection and deep yearnings? How does baseball play such a strong role in connecting generations and different segments of society? And why does it continue to provide spiritual sustenance to fans despite its increasing commercialization and outlandish salaries? We will enjoy some “ballpark treats” as Charley explores baseball’s place in our national and personal consciousness through selected readings, video clips and shared personal experiences.  CFD:  


*Charley will be available after the presentation to sign copies of his book “Faith on First: Thoughts on God, Nature and Sacrifice Bunts.


Charles Honey is now in his twentieth year of writing religion columns for The Grand Rapids Press.  He has collected many of them in his first book, “Faith on First: Thoughts on God, Nature and Sacrifice Bunts.”   The book features short reflections on personal spirituality, inspiring music, the mysteries of faith and the beauty of creation. These reflections are tied together with the colorful thread of baseball.


“Faith On First” is available at the CIC, Schuler Books & Music,, as well as Baker Book House, Spirit Dreams, the Dominican Center and on Amazon. 

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