Recent Published Works
BE: AMERICA'S SELF-EXAMINATION IN 2021
A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN ... NOT THAT ONE
Jan. 6, 2021
My prayer today, as I continue to watch armed protesters punching law enforcement officers on the steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C., is that maybe America can reexamine herself, too - especially our leaders. If I may, especially our leaders who have supported the President for the past four years.
Reexamine ourselves. Who are we? What are our values? How do we love our neighbors as ourselves? How do we follow the Jesus Ethic, for those of us who claim to represent American Christianity? What would Jesus do today in America?
May God bless the United States of America - and may justice roll down like waters.
May you and I be those who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God in 2021.
CATHOLICS CAN'T IGNORE THE CHILDCARE CRISIS
U.S. CATHOLIC MAGAZINE
Jan. 4, 2021
My point is—after a year filled with challenges, surprises, and grief—none among us can ignore one of the chief concerns American families faced in 2020: the child care crisis. Even as I write this article from a research and reporting perspective, I write it also knowing the very real consequences and challenges of this crisis for moms and dads, educators, churches, and church leaders. Most important, I write this article with a sense of gravity and hope: American Catholics are harnessing their faith in many ways to make a real difference in the lives of American families.
RENOUNCING STATE VIOLENCE
Dec. 17, 2020
Two thousand years ago, God had every violent punishment available at God’s disposal, and God still does. But in God’s infinite wisdom, God knew that the greatest deterrent of unremitting and horrific violence and sin was not violence and sin itself. God had tried that.
And so on Christmas more than 2,000 years ago, God chose to respond to sin, evil, and death with forgiveness, love, and mercy. Would that American Christians advocate for the same of our all-powerful nation and those who would seek to lead it.