Moving Outside of Ourselves by Serving the Poor

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Serving the Poor.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Whether they are showcasing food, drink or fashion, many advertisements today send a similar message: More! Drink more beer, eat more chips, or wear better clothes and you [Read More…]

UPDATE: Overcoming Troubles Leads to Life, Hope and a Grammy Award

I just read that former “Christopher Closeup” guest Mandisa won her first ever Grammy Award last night for her album “Overcomer” in the category Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. In addition, the title track’s songwriters won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Having interviewed Mandisa twice and met her once at a “Good Morning America” [Read More…]

Can Politicians and the Media Make Room for the Simple Alchemy of Love?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended many people during an interview last week in which he suggested that being “right-to-life” makes you a member of an extremist group. While a spokesman for the governor says his quote was taken out of context, it’s business as usual for pro-lifers, who are often stereotyped as hateful, oppressive, [Read More…]

Building the Deep Bonds of Spiritual Friendship

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Building Spiritual Friendships.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: The definition of “friendship” has taken some hits in recent years. After all, we live in a world where social media allows us to “friend” or “unfriend” someone [Read More…]