Religion was an important factor in many of 2013's prominent news stories, from ongoing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa to Pope Francis being chosen as Time Magazine's Person of the Year. We asked a range of writers and thinkers to reflect on the past twelve months — the trends they noticed, the books or films that left an impact, the hopes they harbor for the future.
Contributors include Peg Aloi, David Dykes, Peter Laarman, Leah Libresco, Donna Schaper, and Chris Smith.
Peg Aloi, Blogger, "The Witching Hour"
The year's ten best movies for you witchy, tree-hugging, candle-burning, goddess-worshipping, animal-loving, mead-drinking, bonfire-dancing types!
David R. Dykes, Dykes Foundation
This light from below, which I believe to be God's light, exposes a society that seems only to know how to reward the wealthiest while ignoring the rest.
Rev. Peter Laarman, Progressive Christians Uniting
Five religion stories from 2013 that didn't get as much attention as they deserved.
Leah Libresco, Blogger, "Unequally Yoked"
In the coming year, I'd like for people to be able to look at my life and think, "If that's what Christianity does, I'd like to know more."
Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church
From the kind of car he drives to the kind of shoes he wears, Pope Francis demonstrates genuine humility in a milieu where the "holy haughty" have typically — and hypocritically — reigned over Christendom.
Chris Smith, Englewood Review of Books
Through his new poetry collection, Wendell Berry guides us forward toward a light of hope, a way that is not defined by progress or profits, but by an increasing attentiveness to our membership in the rich family of nature in our own particular places.