Lila Pays It Forward: Helping LGBT Refugees Find a New Home, Life

Lila Katz

“Whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though he had preserved a whole world." — from The TalmudTwenty-two years ago, when the Aeroflot jumbo jet rumbled down a Moscow runway and took off bound for California, Lila Katz had only one thing on her mind: getting there — finally. Two days earlier, Katz and her family were in their seats on a different flight bound for the United States waiting to take off when a flight doctor for the American-owned airline intervened. Concerned that Kat … [Read more...]

Monday Pep Talk: Live Like This Guy Dances

zumba god

I want to live my life with the exuberance, joy, confidence, and don't-give-a-shitness of this Speedo-rocking brother step-aerobi-Zumba-ing his face off like nobody's watching.You’ve got to sing like you don’t need the money Love like you’ll never get hurt You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watchin’ It’s gotta come from the heart if you want it to work. ~ from the song, "Come from the Heart," written by Susanna Clark and Richard Leigh , 1987 … [Read more...]

Just As I Am

Bridget Jones' enormous granny panties.

I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences…But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are. ~ Mark Darcy (to Bridget Jones) in Bridge … [Read more...]

The Disquiet Time Blog Tour: Updated Links


My latest book, DISQUIET TIME: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels, a collaborative effort co-edited by Jennifer Grant and myself containing essays by more than 40 of our friends and colleagues who opened their hearts (and a vein) to write honestly and (often) with great humor, about what most confounds them (for better and for worse) about the Bible, released yesterday 10/21.I'm delighted to say the book has been received warmly, … [Read more...]

You Go GRRL! The Rev. Sarah Heath Is My Hero Today (and Most Days, Actually)

The Rev. Sarah Heath Photo by David Tosti, 2014

I am so proud of Sarah Heath.I am proud of and endlessly grateful for the friend we call "Mini Rev" all the time, really, but particularly so today.Sarah contributed a chapter to Disquiet Time where she addresses scripture often used to argue against the ordination of women. Sarah is, if you already weren't aware, an ordained United Methodist minister and pastor. And she's a great one at that.Frankly, Sarah has one of the most obvious pastoral gifts I've ever encountered (and I've … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Linda Midgett’s Disquieting Showdown with the “Proverbs 31 Woman”

Linda Midgett

When Cathleen asked me to contribute to Disquiet Time, the new a collection of essays by “the Skeptical, the Faithful and a few Scoundrels," I didn’t think twice about saying “yes,” nor did I worry much about which category might best fit me.Cathleen and I have been friends since our roommate days in college, which was pre-email, pre-cell phone, and pre-Kim Kardashian.Yes, we are approximately ancient.Anyhoo... The assignment was to write about a passage of Scripture that troubles me. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Ina Albert on Changing Faces of Spirit


            “Religion is an agreement between a group of people about what G-d is.Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship."~ Conscious Way MagazineIt was the 1960’s and I went to the right rather than to the left.Someone gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged and I swallowed it whole. Especially the part about altruism and religion being irrational and atheism being the only intellectual alternative.As a follower of Ayn Rand and Objectivism and a Republican-for-Goldwater, I rejected my … [Read more...]

Reblogging from Dave McKinney: Why I left


Today one of the finest people I ever worked with as a reporter resigned from my former employer, The Chicago Sun-Times. Dave McKinney is a gentleman and an outstanding journalist who I was honored to work with for a decade in Chicago.Dave didn't deserve this. Journalism doesn't deserve this. I mourn the Sun-Times of bygone years. I thought you should see what's happening in too many quarters of the once great Fourth Estate.Read Dave's blog post, Why I left.Read Robert Feder's column … [Read more...]



Today, the blog tour continues with my co-editor (the whole book was her idea, btw) Jennifer Grant.Read Jen's blog tour post HERE. … [Read more...]

DISQUIET TIME: Welcome to the Land of Misfit Toys

Inhabitants of the Land of Misfit Toys. Image via

I'm very excited to announce that next week (on Tuesday 10/21), my latest book, DISQUIET TIME: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels hits bookstores everywhere.Let me tell you a bit about the book, which is quite different from anything I've done in the past. First of all, I didn't write the whole thing. Along with one of my best friends, Jennifer Grant, I acted as co-editor of the book and contributed two chapters to it as well. Jen and … [Read more...]