God Girl’s Got News: My Happy Return to Fourth Estate

It is with great delight that I share some (personal) breaking news: At the end of the month, I will be joining the staff of the Orange County Register as its Faith & Values Columnist.I'll be on sabbatical until then, but I am thrilled to be joining the Register in this new era, with a publisher, Aaron Kushner, who believes in the power and necessity of excellent newspaper journalism. In the last few months, the Register has hired more than 70 new reporters, columnists, editors,  and … [Read more...]

God Was Here

Michael Hidalgo has a powerful post over at my old shop, Sojourners, this morning reflecting on the question, Where is God? or, rather, Where was God? during the Newtown school shootings on Friday.Michael writes:When I heard the news of Friday my gut response was to say, “God, why?” My heart wondered where God was in all of this. Many people wondered the same thing. Sometimes it is hard to mesh the words of Scripture with our world.One commentator suggested that it was precisely bec … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Address to Mourners in Newtown

THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary________________________________________________________________For Immediate Release                          December 16, 2012REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAT SANDY HOOK INTERFAITH PRAYER VIGILNewtown High School, Newtown, Connecticut8:37 P.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests -- Scripture tells us:  “…do not lose heart.  Thou … [Read more...]

Mother Africa: Weaving a Hopeful Future

When I think of weavers, what comes to my mind are the ladies in the back of the knitting store in my Southern California hometown, the ones who hang out on weekend afternoons with their handlooms – weaving cloth shawls, blankets, or the occasional modern tapestry.Here, weaving is, by and large, a pastime. Some would call it an art form. The ladies in the back of the knitting shop are craft weavers. We might consider them "artisans" and laud them for mastering the truly ancient craft.In t … [Read more...]

The Fiscal Cliff: Mommas Said Knock You Out

By the time President Obama walked off the stage at Chicago’s McCormick Place after delivering his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning, pundits already were screaming HERE COMES THE FISCAL CLIFF!And while it might have been a nice idea to take a collective breath after such a divisive election season before new screeching began, the pundits were not wrong.Be warned: The Fiscal Cliff approaches. On Jan. 2, 2013, to be exact.Now, I am many things, but an economist (or even a p … [Read more...]

What Americans Think About U.S. Foreign Aid Might Surprise You

In an OpEd that appeared on POLITICO Monday, Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor of Arkansas, and Blanche Lincoln, the former Democratic senator from Arkansas -- who together co-chair ONE Vote 2012, a non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in the 2012 presidential election, wrote about the importance of maintaining U.S. foreign aid to the developing world that has helped make significant improvements in the health and sustainability of … [Read more...]

Ethiopia: Motherhood is Powerful, Precious

Speak out for those who cannot speak,for the rights of all the destitute.Speak out, judge righteously,defend the rights of the poor and needy.~ Proverbs 31:8-9ADDIS ABABA — These words of King Solomon have been running through my mind since our ONE Moms delegation — 13 mothers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and France — arrived in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday.I hear these verses as a clarion call to action. As someone who strives humbly to follow the Way of Jesus and … [Read more...]

New Music Saturday: Aug. 11, 2012

New music from : Mary Chapin Carpenter (with James Taylor), Sixpence None the Richer, Matisyahu, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, and Band of Horses.http://youtu.be/MbfWbNShGs4http://youtu.be/9_OOHh8tMZ0http://youtu.be/E_Vt4MlbM0chttp://youtu.be/--TrTXchjMohttp://youtu.be/FvGk506ucEkhttp://youtu.be/Sh8OTO4wSMs … [Read more...]

An Invitation to The Great Conversation

n 1943, in the throes of World War II and one of the most fraught times in contemporary human history, the psychologist Abraham Maslow published a paper explaining, as he understood them, the five basic, motivating needs common to all of humankind.They are:Physiological  (air, food, water, sleep, etc.)SafetyLove/BelongingEsteem (confidence, achievement, respect of others and respect by others)Self-actualization (morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of … [Read more...]

GODSTUFF: Two Thumbs Up for Mr. Ebert &”Life Itself”

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace."Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film critic in the United States and a longtime colleague of mine at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, where he's been a staff writer since 1966, has rather famously been battling a series of health crises in recent years.Diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, Ebert has since battled cancer in his salivary gland … [Read more...]