I’m Speaking in NYC on Fights and Statistics

I have two speaking gigs coming up in New York City, if you're in town or have friends who are interested in arguments, statistics or both!  Theology on Tap: "Fighting in Good Faith" April 11, 7:30p121 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036How to avoid "agreeing to disagree" while still engaging with curiosity and love.  World Communications Day: "Counting Catholics: A Guide to Telling the Truth With Statistics" May 11, 2:10p333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201Making … [Read more...]

Speaking in Rhode Island tonight & how to have me visit your school

Tonight, I'm giving a talk on my book Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Answer on "Lessons in Prayer from an Atheist Convert" at Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island.  The full logistical details are here, and the event description is: Leah Libresco, a popular atheist blogger whose conversion to Catholicism became a topic of national conversation, will speak to the public at Portsmouth Abbey on learning how to pray (badly). Author of the new book, Arriving at Amen, Leah will e … [Read more...]

Advice on Persisting in Prayer with the Caritas Podcast

Last week, I climbed the curbside snowbanks to meet up with the women of Caritas, a Catholic podcast, and the audio from our conversation on how to persist in prayer is up now!In the introductory segment, I talk a little about my college debate community, and I was back in New Haven for a reunion this weekend. So there was toasting, debating, singing, and, when my boyfriend and I happened to come across the Yale Freestyle Dueling Association, swordfighting.He's swinging … [Read more...]

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...]

Lewis, Chesterton, and Card on Our Tolerance for Mystery

I had the pleasure of speaking at Doxacon (a scifi/fantasy convention for theology nerds) in November, and the audio of my talk ("Chesterton, Lewis, and Card on Worldbuilding and Our Tolerance of Mystery") is now available for streaming!  Here's the prècis: When a reader picks up a fantasy or science fiction novel, he or she trusts the author to reveal enough of the new world and its laws to be able to follow the stakes of the plot, but not so much as to wind up closer to a DnD rulebook rather t … [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...]