“You can’t take my conversion and throw it at your friend and hope it works”: Leah Libresco

interviewed in Australia about her new (and excellent) book. I'm in this at the end, where Libresco says some very kind things: ...I think the other thing is that because I came from outside the faith there are lots of things that look weird or look hard to me so I got to explore them in a way that you wouldn’t maybe if you take them for granted.If confession is a natural part of your life – you grew up, your parents went – you might be good at going but don’t spend very much time reflect … [Read more...]

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“We can’t help ourselves: Why a former Jewish agnostic and current progressive Christian still like Catholicism”: I’m in this!

Part one of an exchange between me and Alicia de los Reyes at Patheos Progressive Christian. "We can't help ourselves" is not a bad summary of one part of the gospel (the First Step part), also.... Many of you may know Eve Tushnet from her blog here on Patheos, where she writes about being gay, celibate, and Catholic (along with World Figure Skating Championship costumes and other events of note). Eve grew up “somewhere between agnostic and Jewish” and converted to Catholicism when she was a sop … [Read more...]

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“No Marriage Is an Island”: I’m at AmCon

riffing on the relevance of a book about gay celibacy for people who are neither gay nor celibate: ...Hill explores how our cultural expectations affect people who, for whatever reason, don’t expect to marry or have kids. How do we give and receive love? How do we lead lives which are fruitful and not just lonely expanses of time-before-death? So often gay people in the “traditional” (for lack of a better word) churches receive no hint that we, too, have vocations—that we, too, are called to lov … [Read more...]

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“You Must Change Your Life”: Smiths-Influenced Rock… By Orthodox Priests

YOU'RE WELCOME. ...With Luxury's members now scattered across the U.S., Trophies was recorded in Atlanta after a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2014 — which, after so much time away, says a lot about Luxury's cult following. It comes 10 years after its fourth album, Health & Sport, which is no big deal; many bands take extended breaks. Luxury's no different, except that three of its members — brothers Lee and Jamey Bozeman (guitars, vocals) and Chris Foley (bass) —became Orthodox pries … [Read more...]

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Two Links About Wesley Hill’s Fabulous New Book “Spiritual Friendship”

Oh so much more on this book from me coming soon!First, Wes is interviewed by Jonathan Merritt for RNS: RNS: Let’s start with the foundation. How do you define friendship in a sentence or two?WH: According to Christian writers of the past, spiritual or Christ-centered friendship—the kind of friendship I’m writing about—is a bond between two (or more) people who feel affection for each other. But it’s also a bond that has a trajectory. It’s a relationship that’s about helping one another … [Read more...]

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“Metaphors of Brotherhood and Sisterhood”: I’m at Spiritual Friendship

with a short post: This is just a quick post to note that we don’t use sibling metaphors a lot on this site, and maybe we should. They played an important role in articulating the meaning of vowed friendship in both Eastern and Western Christianity (the terms adelphopoeisis and “wedded brotherhood” both use this metaphor) and they reflect an understanding of friendship as a form of kinship.Wesley Hill quotes me talking about the way that certain friendships, over time, take on the quality of … [Read more...]

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“Downwardly Mobile for Jesus”: Al-Jazeera America

from 2014, but well worth your time now: ...For people like Loftus, it’s not coffee shops or home values drawing them to places like Sandtown. It’s Jesus. Shortly after Loftus started medical school in Baltimore in 2007, he began worshipping at New Song Community Church, a racially diverse congregation in Sandtown. New Song is part of the same Presbyterian denomination as the church Loftus and his 14 siblings attended as children in Harford County, Maryland, 40 minutes outside the city.New S … [Read more...]

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