Where’s the Environment?

How did we get to a place where we reference the environment a mere three times over the course of a four-day convention? In the coming months, I urge you to listen attentively for any mention of the environment by either candidate. I don’t expect you’ll hear it much, but try to think about what impacts their proposed policies might have on the air you breathe or the water you drink. Obama doesn’t have a stellar environmental record, but I’m willing to bet that if Mitt Romney is elected in November, these issues will largely be ignored.
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Keep Calm and Remain Faithful

In light of moving onward and upward through my last year of college at The University of Virginia, I thought that the best topic for today’s post might be the lessons I’ve learned this summer. Isn’t that what they say, write about what you know? Go to where you want to be and be the salt of the earth. Believe and support the next generation of amazing clergy. Seek out community near and far. And above all, remain faithful… Because folks, this election doesn’t look like it’s about to get any nicer. [Read more...]

“God’s Politics” Still Stands

In 2005, Reverend Jim Wallis published a book, “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get it.” In an attempt to give you a bare bones summary, Wallace writes about how the political Right has co-opted the Christian faith; they tout it as their own and promote candidates in such [Read More...]

Public Policy with a Dash of Empathy

Each person’s viewpoints are a product of their own experiences.  You see things through a lens that is shaded over time based on your family, your community, and the events of your life. I view the world through the eyes of a student, someone who was raised Catholic and attended public school. I read, write, [Read More...]

On Becoming ‘Almost’ Amish

In some of my spare time at work, I’ve been reading a book titled "Almost Amish."  Left behind by another intern, it sat on the corner of my desk for nearly two months before I finally picked it up.  In a little over a week I finished the book and I can say I’m happy [Read More...]

Proud and Faithful Democrats

This past weekend, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece by their resident conservative religion columnist, Ross Douthat. In the title Douthat asks, “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?”  He then proceeds to criticize liberal Christian denominations, Episcopalians in particular, for lacking a religious reason for their own existence.  Ouch. A Church lacking a religious reason for [Read More...]

A Theology of Failure

What does it mean to have an adequate theology of failure? Or rather, what does it actually-practically-realistically mean when we say, "Out of weakness emerges strength?"   Reverend Gina Campbell raised this question last Sunday morning during her sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  The gospel reading was from Mark 6:1-6, which tells [Read More...]

An Addendum to Feminist Theology

Guilty as charged. I did what every feminist theologian has been criticized for. I wrote from only one woman’s perspective. In the attempt I made last week to bring a Christian voice to the “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” conversation, I wrote from the perspective of and responded very much to wealthy, educated [Read More...]

Having It All, or Having Full Humanity?

It’s been a busy week in media. Notably, the U.S. Supreme Court passed down decisions on Arizona’s immigration law and the Affordable Care Act; sadly, screenwriter Nora Ephron passed away; and in the world of sports, Wimbledon is in full swing and the Olympics are right around the corner. What I can’t seem to get [Read More...]


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