White House guests Deepen, not Divide, Pope Francis’ Welcome

You better watch out, you better not cry—you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Pope Francis is coming to town. For Catholics across the U.S., Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to this great nation is spiritually meaningful and historically significant. The Pope’s agenda in D.C. is packed: a papal parade at 11 a.m., noon prayers [Read More...]

Are Pope Francis’ views on climate change costing him supporters?

Like millions of other Christian environmentalists, I had been eagerly anticipating the release of “Laudato Si” Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental ethics. I have long been an adherent of the notion of Creation Care, or the practice of environmental stewardship as a moral imperative. These are firm convictions and causes close to my heart and [Read More...]

Why Walker Won’t Win

(Below is a modified version of a piece recently published in the International Policy Digest. Publishing permission has been granted by the author.) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s ideology is too partisan and inconsistent, and both his major initiatives and image have been unpopular at the state and national level. These factors may not ban him [Read More...]

No more tears for the Confederate Flag

I got a call late on Wednesday, June 17. The ring jolted me out of sleep into a confused, nearly panicked state. When I answered, the voice on the other end told me there had been a shooting in Charleston, that it had happened at a black church, historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Mother Emanuel), [Read More...]

Verses vs. Verses: Same-sex marriage dialogue continues post-SCOTUS decision

The June 26, 2015 SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage didn’t settle the issue. Last month, NYT’s Laurie Goodstein wrote a profile on Matthew Vines, a young, gay Christian writer and activist who works to elucidate an alternative understanding of the LGBTQ community to Christian conservatives (primarily Evangelicals). After coming to terms with his own sexuality, [Read More...]

Charleston’s ‘hard truths’

After nearly four days of coverage, reaction and rebuttal about the why behind the Charleston Church shooting, I’m sure I, like many of you, remain devastated, saddened and heartbroken. Processing my own feelings, however, I also found a part of myself tempted to ignore the news, look at my Facebook feed less, and resume normal [Read More...]

A Note on Community

It’s not enough to talk about community. It’s not enough to quickly wave hello to your neighbors, then hustle into the safety of your home (though we all do it). Real community happens when you ask and answer honest questions. It happens when you console someone, lift someone up, or find a solution to a [Read More...]

She’s running for President!

My Gmail inbox received an influx of fantastic news Sunday afternoon. And since I know many of you are like me, you’re thrilled with the many messages and announcement that Hillary Clinton is officially running for President of the United States in 2016! We all “knew” it would happen. I mean, there was that small [Read More...]

An Endless Lenten Journey: Undocumented Immigrants

Millions of people around the world will walk together during Holy week, remembering the ancient story of death and resurrection, and gathering to celebrate Jesus Christ as “the Life.” But the Lenten wandering characterized by pain and suffering will not end for millions of immigrants without legal status in this country. Recently, conservative leaders have vocally [Read More...]

A Prayer for Ted Cruz (Not the way he wants)

Dear Media and News Editors: This is a prayer. I pray that when the media reports on politicians, and in particular, those running for President of the United States, that not all Christians are conservatives. Please don’t allow lazy stereotypes and tropes be used to assume there is one acceptable brand of faith. Yesterday, as [Read More...]