7QT: Costuming, Conspiracy, and Counterfeiting


--- 1 --- Guys, I have some exciting news.  Here's how I feel about what I'm going to tell you: Here's when I'm going to tell you: November 5th. And here's what....   ....well, that would be telling.  For now, let's just say you'll find out what Janet, the sunk cost fallacy, and Japanese pottery repair all have in common.  --- 2 --- But, if we're speaking of deadlines, let me remind you that today is the last day to comment and tell … [Read more...]

Welcoming Depression into the Church [Guest Post]

From Hyperbole and a Half

This is a guest post by Christian H of The Thinking Grounds, and is appearing here as part of our symposium on Loving Parishioners in their Particularity – discussing how the church community can focus its approach on serving people in different life circumstances.In the US, about 3 to 5% of people—averaged over age, sex, etc.—have depression, and about 17% will have depression or have had depression. (I’m not American, but I imagine the statistics are comparable in most WEIRD countries.) … [Read more...]

Saying Hello Under the Shadow of Street Harrassment

street harrassment

This post is part of a symposium on Loving Parishioners in their Particularity -- discussing how the church community can focus its approach on serving people in different life circumstances. In partnership with Hollaback!, Shoshana B. Roberts walked silently around NYC for 10 hours, with a confederate taping the things men said to her.  Predictably, she is now receiving rape threats for creating the video below.I can certainly attest that her experience matches mine -- I got … [Read more...]

Loving Parishioners in their Particularity [Symposium Index]

Help Wanted

Kat Fernandez of The Crescat wrote recently about the experience of feeling ignored by the church as a single mother.  Especially during the Synod on the family, she felt invisible, except, sometimes as a warning: Single parents work all day, and spend all evening taking care of our children, so we don’t have the time or resources to rally on our own behalf; in fact, we shouldn’t have to. We shouldn’t be protesting and writing articles on the internet about how we’ve gotten overlooked yet again. … [Read more...]

7QT: Disease Fighters, State Dividers, and Programming


--- 1 --- Heads up, New York City (or nearabouts) readers!  Eve Tushnet, author of Gay and Catholic, is coming your way!  She's doing a talk and book signing at First Things and I recommend her (if you're nearby) and her book (to everyone).  I'll do a full review later, but, in the meantime, here's what I said in my Amazon review: Saying someone has a vocation to singleness is about as helpful as an atheist, when asked about their philosophy, saying that they *don't* believe in God. What you wa … [Read more...]

Avoiding Rape-Adjacent Sex

From Strong Female Protagonist

I've seen a bunch of pieces about California's proposed Yes-Means-Yes law (which only applies to public college disciplinary hearing, not criminal standards), saying that the proposed law, requiring affirmative consent, isn't realistic.  Sex is too ambiguous for students to be confident, in any given hookup, whether they're having kosher sex or committing rape in the eyes of the law.I do believe them that there's plenty of sex happening now, that isn't experienced as rape by either partner, t … [Read more...]

The Ahistorical Pharisee [Pope Francis Bookclub]


In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.The most striking line I found in this week's meditation from Pope Francis came as he discussed the righteous Pharisee (the one from Luke 18:9-14). Prayer is born out of history and life.  To pray is to reread in the light of faith … [Read more...]