Afraid for the Future? Join the Resistance!!

“Alternate facts” do not exist. In common parlance, “alternate facts” are called “lies.” When our President and the legislative branch of government base their public policy on lies – our whole democracy is threatened. [Read more…]

Trump, Sexual Assault, and Incest: When Forgiveness is Failure

In the midst of the chaos of this election it is also important to pay attention to what justice looks like in the context of sexual assault. [Read more…]

Learning to be Parents: The Challenge of Community in a World of Social Isolation

And so, I wrapped that baby up tight, gave him a pacifier and started swaying and shooshing until he calmed down. My niece and nephew were amazed and asked me tell them again what the 4 S’s were again. [Read more…]

Peace on Earth? Is Misogyny Ever Innocent?

Let me say right off the bat – I don’t know this family or the photographer. I do not know why they would choose this pose or what their thinking was when they decided to bind and gag the women in the family while the father and son smile placidly giving a “thumbs-up.” And, quite frankly, I don’t really care. [Read more…]

Growing Pains: The Challenge of Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

I made myself breathe deep. I made myself just listen. I reminded myself that I am not a failure, that she is sixteen, and that the cultural definition of Christianity is really hard to challenge. [Read more…]

An Adventure in Cartography: Approaching College Visits as a Pair of Explorers

Place matters, and different places feel right to different people for a variety of reasons. [Read more…]

Celebrating the Moral Courage of Women Who Have Abortions

During this media blitz highlighting the Catholic Church’s generosity of absolving women of their “sin of abortion,” I want to celebrate the moral courage of women who have terminated pregnancies as a morally good act in the larger story of a life well-lived, or at least the journey to live the most faithful life possible. [Read more…]

I Really Hope My Daughter Has Good Sex

Most teens feel sexual desire. The question they need to grapple with is what do they do with that desire? When we fail to accept their sexuality, when we fail to acknowledge their desires, when we fail to teach them how to think ethically and responsibly about their sexuality – we have failed them. [Read more…]

What Motherhood and Ecumenism Have in Common

While it is true that the historic Councils of the Church did not include women (as far as we know), thanks be to God that they do now, that many of us are also ordained, and that some of us are mothers as well. [Read more…]

Can Motherhood be a Spiritual Practice?

As a feminist theologian, my interest is in exploring and discussing the ways in which mothering is an experiential reality that can help us to know God and practice our faith in deeper and more meaningful ways. [Read more…]