Cry of a Tiny Baby: Merry Christmas, Everyone!

"The idea that there’s a force of love and logic behind the universe is overwhelming to start with, if you believe it,” he told me in his raspy brogue, sipping black coffee out of a Styrofoam cup. “But the idea that the same love and logic would choose to describe itself as a baby born in shit and straw and poverty is genius. And it brings me to my knees, literally. To me, as a poet, I’m just in awe of that. It makes some sort of poetic sense. It’s the thing that makes me a believer, although it … [Read more...]

Join GG for Girls Night Out in Irvine, California TONITE!

Hey Y'all:I've been MIA for weeks - slammed with family obligations, work and a much-needed vacation. So distracted, in fact, that I forgot to tell you that I'll be speaking tonite at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., for its Girls Night Out. The topic of my talk is "Gracespotting." I'll be sharing the best story I know and a few others from my time on the "God Beat."Here are the deets:7 to 8:30 p.m.Friday, April 27, 2012Mariners Church, the Upper Room5001 Newport Coast … [Read more...]

GODSTUFF: The mirror has two faces

Six years ago, I sat down with a young Illinois state senator for a lengthy interview about his faith. At the time, the fresh-faced politician with an unusual name was still toiling in relative obscurity in Chicago.When my “spiritual profile” of Barack Obama ran in the Chicago Sun-Times, it was greeted with modest interest, mostly for the novelty of a Democratic candidate speaking at length about religion.That all changed a few months later, when Obama, by then a candidate for the U.S. Se … [Read more...]

See the thing is …

Before I went on CNN live this afternoon to talk about the current debate about President Obama's faith, one of my best friends handed me a cool bottle of water and a copy of Thomas Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation, which she had marked with a post-it note on the chapter titled, "Faith."I had hoped (alas) that the anchor would ask good questions and that I could, at some point, make reference to the following quotes:First of all, faith is not an emotion, not a feeling. It is not a blind … [Read more...]

A Sort of Homecoming:God Girl returns to Chicago 4/29Hey all in Chicago and environs:Join me at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at St. James Cathedral (Huron and Wabash in Chicago) for the inaugural address of the new "Consider This ..." series, sponsored by the Sunday Evening Club, The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, Seabury-Western Seminary and St. James Cathedral.I'll be talking about grace and will be interviewed by my esteemed colleague and friend, Manya "The Seeker" Brachear of the Chicago … [Read more...]

Bolivar, Missouri - here I come.This week, I'll be spending some quality time in the Heartland, as a guest speaker at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO.If you find yourself in that part of the world, I'll be speaking at chapel Monday and Wednesday mornings, and delivering a lecture (on spirituality and pop culture) at 7 p.m. Monday in Pike Auditorium. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also in Pike Auditorium, the university will be screening the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and I'll be … [Read more...]

THE WITTENBURG DOOR RINGS GOD GIRL'S BELLOMG, WE'RE TOTALLY PLOTZING.The Wittenburg Door, the world's pretty much only religious satire magazine, has run a ridiculously nifty six-page-long spread on God Girl in its November/December issue, on sale now. We (heart) The Door. So hard. Let us pause for a reverential singing of the Doxology . . . Speaking of wise men . . . Dear St. Yaconelli (Venerable Patron of Silly People),Thanks for the assist and please give our love to The Dude. … [Read more...]