The Old Church in Tempe, AZ Needs You

The doors of St. Mary’s Church, on the corner of University and College, in Tempe, are locked. Black plastic covers the steeple. Chain-link fences surround it. Behind those fences sit backhoes and earth-movers. The place is under repair, but to the uninformed eye it might almost be under siege. Dating back to 1903, St. Mary’s [Read More...]

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Farther, My God, from Thee: The Life of Faith for Short People

The average American man stands 5’9 ½ tall. The average non-Hispanic white American man stands 5’10”. I measure five feet eight inches in my stocking feet. Among my own people, I may not be microscopic, or even pocket-sized, but it is beyond dispute that I am a delicately scaled-down version of what a grown man [Read More...]

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Margie Winters: The Making of A Rebel

When I first read the story of how Waldron Mercy fired Margie Winters, a lesbian married to another woman, from her post as head of religious education, I argued that she’d been treated shabbily, and not in accordance with the best of Catholic teaching. Even so, only half aware of doing so, I formed a [Read More...]

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