Posted by: HAT | May 18, 2015

Closing Time

Mary Queen of Scots on a ship with ladies in waiting


Hi, Gang!

The summer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Norton Healthcare starts this morning at 8:30.

In the eloquent words of “Closing Time” by Semisonic, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” The new beginning of CPE presumably follows that rule, although which other beginning it’s the end of is not altogether clear. If it had anything to do with the new beginning that was Utopian Discourse in September of 2007, it’s not clear how. What has been clear for some time now, however, is that the enterprise that began as Utopian Discourse has reached its necessary stopping point. It seems fitting to make that official this morning.

In other words: this will be the last new post for Utopian Discourse.

The blog, that is. There is, clearly, no possible end to the more general practice of utopian discourse. People are always seeking – I would suggest, always ought to be seeking – the “good place” that still fails to take place. I wonder whether this is not after all the meaning of the saying recorded in Matthew 8:20, that the Christ has no place that can be called “arrival.” The complete good we seek does not stop somewhere; all the good we find, when we find it, remains provisional and surpassable; utopia is always on the move.

Sometimes being on the move results in outgrowing the forms we’ve devised for thinking and talking about what we’re doing. That feels to me like the situation with this blog. It is what it is. I like it. To continue with it, I’d have to revise it in ways that would wreck that. I take that as a signal to call it “done.”

A new and different blog at some future point – day and time still unknown – may be a possibility. I hope that’s good news. I’ll post the link when that materializes.

Thank you for reading.

[Update 7.24.16 [3.18.18]: the new blog is open at]

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