The Thing About Jesus

Okay, so there are a lot of “things” about Jesus. But the thing I’ve been meditating on most recently is his mind-blowing capacity to meet people exactly where they are. It seems like a simple concept, but we struggle day in and day out to accept people as children of God. Instead, we tend to [Read More...]

An Evening with David P. Gushee

Last week, Evangelical scholar and Christian ethicist David Gushee visited The University of Virginia to give two lectures. I attended the first – “Sacredness of Life,” which received its title from his latest book.  If I recall, the poster advertising his visit said something along these lines. “Christian Ethicist David P. Gushee argues that culture [Read More...]

What’s in Your Portfolio?

Late Saturday morning, I was sitting in my favorite Charlottesville coffee shop with my dad and uncle.  They were in town for a basketball game but we had a few hours to spare so I decided to show them one of my favorite places to work. Just before it was time to head to the [Read More...]

The Murmur of Military Violence Drones On

Everyday, it seems, I read tweets and news snippets announcing that, “Obama launches drone attacks on Pakistan” or Yemen or Iran. And every time, I struggle to reconcile my conception of the man I voted for with the man who is responsible for these distant, unmanned attacks. People who study international affairs or foreign policy [Read More...]

The World is About to Turn

Recently, I heard a story. A friend’s father ran into the superintendent of our local school system and struck up a conversation. She mentioned that they, like many other cities and counties on the East coast, had closed schools in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately there wasn’t much damage where we live. Unfortunately, the decision [Read More...]

For Dreamers

Nearly a month ago I wrote, “We put our foot down against the hateful and discriminatory sound bites about immigrants and their children.” And yet, they keep on coming. In a recent article by Ann Coulter, insensitively titled “America Nears El Tipping Pointo,” she writes, “I apologize to America’s young people, whose dashed dreams and [Read More...]

Putting our Collective Foot Down

Whew, it’s over! We’ve had about a week to regroup… the partisan bickering on social media sites has lessened (though not disappeared), and most American’s are moving forward with their normal, day to day lives. Another peaceful vote has come and gone. Analysis of the election, beginning before the winner was even called, has been [Read More...]

A Benedictine Blessing

I must admit, I didn’t pay much attention to Sunday’s service. I think the sermon went something like, “Be your true self as you were created in God’s image,” but I don’t remember details. I was tired and a little bit cold. And mostly my brain was honing in on the mountain of schoolwork that [Read More...]

The 51%

Last week at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion held a religion and politics panel, “Religion and the Presidential Election.” From the Left, we had Burns Strider visiting from Washington DC. Burns is the founder and principal of Eleison LLC, the nation’s leading consulting firm committed to finding and [Read More...]

Beloved Community in Dialogue and Debate

“How are we a caring community?” This is the guiding question of Dialogue Across UVA, an organization here at school of which I am a part.  Dialogue Across UVA is a spinoff of a national program called Sustained Dialogue, which forms intentionally diverse groups of students that meet weekly to discuss issues like gender, race, [Read More...]


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