Our 2014 Favorites


The UC team shares some of our favorite things from the past year. [Read more...]

Faith is the task of a lifetime


I’m a Christian because of Søren Kierkegaard. The 19th-century Danish philosopher didn’t introduce me to Christianity, but he did, at a pivotal time in my life, provide the crucial encouragement that sustained my faith. [Read more...]

I’m a racist and you probably are too


Our conscious and unconscious associations regarding race affect how we act. They affect what we say and what we do. They affect how we treat other people and in turn how we’re treated. They affect who is listened to and who is ignored, who is believed and who is doubted, who is passed by and who is stopped, who is given a second chance and, sometimes, who is killed. [Read more...]

Chiseling away: Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser’s “Splitting an Order”


Kooser’s careful observations of objects, animals, people and places reveal the beauty that exists everywhere around us. [Read more...]

Mary Curran Hackett’s novel provides “Proof of Angels”


Despite its title, Mary Curran Hacket’s just released book doesn’t offer empirical evidence for the existence of supernatural beings from Heaven. Instead, her novel, Proof of Angels (William Morrow, $14.99), tells a feel-good tale of redemption and personal growth that touches on important social and spiritual issues. Proof of Angels tells the story of Sean [Read More...]

Reading the Bible like a cowboy riding an ostrich into the sunset


The just released book “Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels,” edited by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani, lands a sockdolager to the notion that modern Christians can’t have a robust, meaningful and honest engagement with the Bible. [Read more...]

Finding “The Lost Way” of Early Christianity


Stephen J. Patterson’s new book, released today, “The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins,” explores the origins, context, text and interpretation of the Q Gospel, along with another early non-canonical Christian document, the Gospel of Thomas. [Read more...]

Abundant and impossible to fill: “Copia,” a book of poems by Erika Meitner


In her new collection of poetry, Copia, Erika Meitner writes about urban and suburban life, consumption and excess, desire and disappointment, and perhaps mostly about loss and hope. [Read more...]