March 14, 2013

As the commentary rolls in on the election of Pope Francis yesterday, there are two thought trains that literally poop on the Pope Francis conversation. Both likely don’t know about each other and would probably start by hating each other’s guts. I think they’re a match made in heaven. The first set of conversation poopers are the progressive critics. These are the people who don’t like Pope Francis because of his opposition to same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption, abortion, euthanasia, contraceptives,… Read more

March 13, 2013

Pope Francis gets it. The last few hours have seen waves of reaction to the election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio to the papacy.  It started with, “Huh? Who’s that?” It quickly moved on, as GetReligion pointedly mocks, to the fact that Bergoglio is from the New World, that he lives an austere lifestyle (taking public transportation, living downtown, cooking his own meals), and that he champions the poor over against unbridled global capitalism. It’s moved on now to his… Read more

March 2, 2013

The Liberal Party of British Columbia is reeling over a leak of an internal strategic document. Titled the “Multicultural Strategic Plan,” it attempts to detail how the BC Liberal Government should reach out to ethnic minority voters, especially Chinese Canadians, who allegedly and reportedly feel “ignored by government between elections” (p. 2). Since everyone has seen it, you should see it too. The plan details ways to win “ethnic communities”–which seems really to be code for “Chinese Canadian people” (see… Read more

March 1, 2013

 Yesterday, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States for Hollingsworth v. Perry. The case revolves around whether Proposition 8, the initiative in 2008 that amended the California state constitution to only recognize marriage between one man and one woman as legally valid, is constitutional.  The Justice Department finds Proposition 8 unconstitutional. People who have been following the same-sex marriage cases in the United States that this is the… Read more

February 28, 2013

We are re-launching Religion Ethnicity Wired again today. That’s right: the same day that the pope is abdicating. It’s a perfect day to re-launch the conversation on religion and ethnicity. I trust folks like Fr. Robert Barron and Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, to give astute comments on the abdication on live television, not to mention the flurry of reflective activity in Catholic periodicals.  Check out Our Sunday Visitor, America Magazine, Commonweal Magazine, and The Tablet for details. What I find… Read more

February 27, 2013

We are re-launching this blog tomorrow with some freshly brewed content. Stay tuned. If you stalk this page long enough, religion and ethnicity might wire you like coffee too.   Read more

January 25, 2013

On January 22, 2013, Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States of America.  The inauguration itself had been the subject of some evangelical controversy.  On January 9, Think Progress posted a sermon by Pastor Louie Giglio that he had preached in the mid-1990s. The sermon’s title said it all: “In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality.” Giglio, the founder of the Passion Conferences and pastor of Passion City Church… Read more

December 31, 2012

I’ve heard an awful lot this Advent season and Christmas octave about keeping “Christ” in “Christmas.”  Blame it on me, maybe, for being a religious studies guy hanging around evangelical circles, but I swear, it’s more than the local churches with the signboards (or in the suburb where I live, the IHoP) displaying a sign with said call to conserve Christ in Christmas. Everybody seems to be talking about it: local pastors decrying the decay of secularism, worship leaders sermonizing… Read more

December 16, 2012

[I did not preach today, and I do not envy those who must. However, in solidarity with those who mourn and those who must preach despite their mourning, this is what I might have said. I was also very affected by the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber’s sermon on the Aurora shootings. God, come to my assistance; Lord, make haste to help me.] (Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C: Zeph. 3.14-18a; Is. 12; Phil. 4.4-7; Lk. 3.10-18) In… Read more

December 4, 2012

Today is St. Francis Xavier Day, and in the spirit of engaging “the world” as the Jesuits still do, say, at The Jesuit Post and at America Magazine, I’d like to share a PhD hermeneutic for some pop music I’ve got stuck in my head. I first learned the word “hermeneutic” from a freshman theology teacher at the Holy Cross Catholic high school I attended. We called him “Papa Bear.” On the first day of class, he wrote the word… Read more

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