September 28, 2020

People of Praise is a Christian Charismatic organization that has come under scrutiny lately. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a member. Last week, in an article about Judge Barrett, I wrote this about People of Praise :”I am really not a fan of People of Praise. It’s also not a cult. It’s not even a religion.” I stand by that statement. However, after talking a bit more with a close friend whose family are former members, I think it’s incumbent upon… Read more

September 24, 2020

Breonna Taylor’s life is irreplaceable. Infinitely worthy, infinitely valuable. The loss is incalculable, not only to her family and friends, but to all human beings. These are just words. I write them, and I believe them to be true. Or I believe that I believe them to be true. I hope that other people agree. But there is no objective measure that determines how much our lives matter. We determine that, through our actions and our choices, the way we view and… Read more

September 21, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett is a former professor at the University of Notre Dame, a judge on the US District Court of Appeals, and President Trump’s likely pick to replace the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s also the single most controversial woman in politics at the moment – despite the fact that, technically, she’s not in politics at all. So why are people so worked up about Amy Coney Barrett? First of all, appointing a Supreme Court Justice this close to… Read more

September 17, 2020

Eco-Fascism is an extremist ideology, originating on the Far Right, which lays the blame for climate change on overpopulation. Eco-Fascists want to stop overpopulation through mass murder or forced sterilization of “undesirable” people. They usually define these people as immigrants, inhabitants of developing countries, or other marginalized groups. I’m not going to waste time explaining why this ideology is evil. If you can’t figure that out, you have an ethical issue that my blog simply can’t address. But there is… Read more

September 14, 2020

Football is not something you probably expected to see discussed on a blog about art and religion. If I were to travel back in time to my middle school self and tell her that starting around nineteen she would become a huge sports fan, I would have laughed in my own face. Sports, I would have said, are for the dumb kids. I like Shakespeare.  I still like Shakespeare.  A lot. I just don’t feel particularly superior about it. The artificial… Read more

September 10, 2020

I was crying when I left my apartment in Manhattan. The tiny studio where my husband and I hunkered down for months was strangely no longer ours. In reality, it never was ours. It was always intended to be a temporary situation, an adventure before the bigger adventure of children. And we had a wonderful time doing everything we intended to do: late nights at the piano bar, theater, impromptu museum visits. Of course, we never intended to spend five… Read more

August 31, 2020

September has always been a season of transition. The leaves begin to change and the days, though still warm, begin to shorten. The air is crisp. Children go back to school and leases end. My birthday is in September, as is my mother’s. This year, the changes will be even sharper. Children will return to schools that look dramatically different from the ones they left. My final lease is ending, and my husband and I are moving into our first… Read more

August 24, 2020

New York City isn’t dead, and anyone who says it is can go back to Ohio. (I am originally from Ohio, so I can say this.) I’ll see you in five years when you call me up to crash at my place. If you’re the type of person who hates listening to how much New Yorkers love New York please stop reading this now. Because I’m having a bit of a moment. In case you haven’t heard, we (as in the… Read more

August 17, 2020

There is a scene in the film Silence that I think about a lot. Father Rodrigues watches in horror from a distance as Father Garupe attempts to save the life of a young convert who has been condemned to death. Garupe desperately swims after the woman, who has been thrown in the ocean with her hands tied behind her. In the end, they are both dragged under and perish together. Father Garupe dies a martyr’s death. Ironically, his failure to save… Read more

August 13, 2020

Voting has never been easy for me. As a Pro-Life, Pro-LGBTQ, Pro-Reform Catholic, I can guarantee that every major candidate will violate my fundamental values in some way. It’s not a matter of small disagreements. It’s the sort of non-negotiable things that have to be, well, negotiated every time I go to the ballot box. I’ve voted for major party candidates and regretted it, I’ve voted for third party candidates and regretted it. I’ve voted for people I really liked… Read more

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