Love Applied to Charity and Fighting in New Haven

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I'm making speaking appearances in New Haven today and tomorrow, so here's a heads up for students in the area.  Effective Altruism and Caritas Yale Effective AltruistsMonday, Feb 16, 5pmJE Dining HallWhen looking for high-impact opportunities to give, how should we weight the effect that different ways of giving have on the giver?  If you get the most bang for your charity buck abroad, how will you stay engaged with the needs of the people around you and avoid becoming de … [Read more...]

Independence and Injustice [Radio Readings]

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You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm.  The episode is now available to download and stream.This week's program is about the systems we build to administer justice, and the ways that these systems lose our trustEvery week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and, (this week) documentaries that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking about t … [Read more...]

Looking forward to The Last 5 Years tonight!

I'm a little too busy to do Quick Takes today; among other things, I'm hosting about 20 people at my place tonight to watch The Last 5 Years, and I promised to make dinner for all of them.  (When I offered to cook, only 7 people had RSVP'd so far).The movie is in very limited release, but, luckily, it's available to rent or buy from iTunes, so that's what we're doing.  I hope some of you will join me (though probably don't watch it on Valentine's Day) and we can have some dis … [Read more...]

Why Make People Derive the Rules for Sex Themselves?

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I'll be sending the monthly update on my book Arriving At Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer next week, and if you get the email, you can enter a lottery to get an early copy.  After I wrote a post on practical questions to ask about consent and coercion (and the way making a habit of these questions can develop your care and compassion), one of my commenters was concerned that telling people how to have sex more ethically is unethical, if I wind up implicitly condoning pr … [Read more...]

Ethical Sex: Paying attention to the consequences of “No”

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A friend of mine shared an excellent essay with me on ways to understand consent.  Everyone is pretty familiar with "No means no" (even if the applications of sometimes remind me of what law school friends have sometimes told me about police executing unwarranted searches -- in one case, asking if they could search, removing the resident from the premises when he said no and cuffing him, and then asking the open door of the house, not hearing an objection, and walking in).  Still, it feels like m … [Read more...]

Offering hospitality to introverts, athletes, and other strange-to-me types

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In the last week, I've run into two great pieces on how to offer hospitality, both by creating and supporting "third places" (a third place, apart from the home or the office for fellowship) or in one-to-one encounters.  Both these pieces don't just make actionable, concrete suggestions, they fill in lacuna in my own way of thinking about hospitality, blind spots created both by the way I prefer to socialize and my socioeconomic status.First up, Richard Beck of Expermental Theology points … [Read more...]

Learning the Dragonslayer’s Laughter [Saints Bookclub]

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In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In his sermon on St. George, Knox focuses primarily on why England would choose this saint as its patron, and what this reflects about England itself.  It makes sense that Knox looks past the saint at what the c … [Read more...]