Audio is up from my Building the Benedict Option talk in Boston

I had a wonderful time in Boston last week, talking about some of our Benedict Option efforts here in DC, and some of my starter kit ideas for beginning to build closer ties in your own community.  (The simplest one: serve one more snack at the end of events, to give people an excuse to linger and chat after a lecture or other structured event).The Church of the Advent has the audio from my talk up now!And they've got the Q&A, too, which is always my favorite part of a talk.  I wind u … [Read more...]

Speaking on the Benedict Option in Boston & Two Questions

I'm in Boston tomorrow night (Jan 12) for a Theology on Tap on the topic of Accidental Stylites: The Benedict Option and the American ChurchI'm going to talk about the Benedict Option movement (ways for modern Christians to root their faith in community and friends so that they can wind up living it more fully and more joyfully) in theory and in practice.  Lots of people are talking about “the Benedict Option” these days — from the man who coined the phrase (Rod Dreher), to the guys at Mo … [Read more...]

My version of the ball drop starts 1600 feet in the air

Over at FiveThirtyEight, I did a little high school physics math to see how high you'd have to start to really drop the New Year's Eve ball.  And what would happen when it hit the ground.The ball drop in Times Square happens too slowly for my taste. Just before midnight, the LED-studded ball will inch down its pole at a speed of 1.2 feet per second. That’s slower than the CDC-defined moderate walking pace of 3 miles per hour, or 4.4 feet per second. Call me a woman of exacting standards, but … [Read more...]

Praising the Little Way of Pratchett’s Heroes

As the year comes to an end, I've written an appreciation of Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, who passed away this year, for Aleteia.  He wrote fiercely moral characters, several of whom were icons of ethics for me.But the kind of sin that Granny talks about isn’t an indulgence in something harmless, luxurious and secret. And it’s not the world-shaking evil of a monster or a murderer. It’s a seemingly small rejection of creation and the particular place our fellow people have … [Read more...]

“The Opposite of Kicking People In the Shins” and more from my Crossroads talk

I had a great time visiting the Crossroads Cultural Center last night to talk about my conversion and the witness my friends offered me.  And now they've got the video of the talk up!Part 1:Part 2: And they've got the Q&A up too!Part 1:Part 2: … [Read more...]

I’m in NYC to talk about explaining your faith

This Wednesday, I'll be at the Crossroads Cultural Center in New York City to talk about my own conversion and ways to answer questions/have engaging conversations about the Catholic faith.  The event is free and open to the public, and here are all the details: When: Dec 16, 7pmWhere: Crossroads Auditorium (125 Maiden Lane, 15th Floor, NY, NY) I'll be giving a talk on my conversion (and how the Catholics in my life invited my questions and showed me their … [Read more...]

Demands for Diverse Faculty and Trigger Warnings At Colleges

I've done two recent pieces for FiveThirtyEight looking at activist movements on college campus. Here Are The Demands From Students Protesting Racism At 51 CollegesA list of formal demands made at 51 U.S. campuses has been collected on a website called The Demands. FiveThirtyEight sorted through the list, categorizing each request and looking for patterns in the students’ priorities. The results, which offer a fuller portrait of this new movement, are shown in the following chart:Read … [Read more...]


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