When Patheos Bloggers Convert…

We had a significant first at Patheos this morning. At least it hasn't happened before to my knowledge. One of our bloggers converted.Conversion is always a big deal. It's a huge personal transformation, and despite the story of Saul on the road, conversion doesn't happen in a flash but is a long process. Converting isn't easy, and those undergoing such a conversion need all the support they can get.So one of our fabulous atheist bloggers, Leah Libresco, has converted to Catholicism. She … [Read more...]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day? I Don’t Think So.

I was driving around my little town today and I saw that several houses already have decorations up for St. Patrick’s Day, which in the US is about two weeks away. I usually forget all about this “holiday,” and I certainly don’t celebrate it, but this time, seeing the shamrocks and the green paper garlands festooning my neighbor’s home, I decided to sit down and write a little bit about why.I realize that for many people, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish pride. I think that’s a goo … [Read more...]

A Brush with Boundary

“Lâ ilâha illallâh, wa Muḥammadur rasûlullâh.” The young hijabi woman said the words again in English, and I looked down the terraced auditorium desks to stare at the blank wall behind her. She said, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”She was a convert to Islam. The Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Chicago, the university I attend, was holding their annual Muslim Awareness week and I was sitting in on a panel discussion given by a diverse group … [Read more...]

When Faith is Tested

Witch hunts still exist and pagans and anyone outside the dominant religious paradigm are still fair game. This lesson has hit home harder than ever this week for me. I am being tested.Like most others, I was raised in a religious, monotheist household. Like most others, I tried like mad to be the person that my parents needed me to be. I also tried to do this for my husband and his family. Thus I found myself caught between religious Jews and religious Greek Orthodox Christians, at different … [Read more...]


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