Emily Ruth Mace
Emily Ruth Mace is co-editor-in-chief at KtB. She's a freelance editor, writer and religious studies alt-academic with an interest in religious liberalism and life at the borders of traditional religion and spirituality. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. In addition to KtB, her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Mama, Religion Dispatches, the Chronicle Vitae, and others. A one-time bicoastal resident of California and New England, she currently lives outside Chicago, and can be found online at emilyrmace.com and Tweeting occasionally at @lemilym.
Recent Posts by Emily Ruth
Flowers for Fireworks
The Highland Park I knew blurs with the Highland Park that so recently was, and yet the memorials that frame the ends of this street reveal the Highland Park that we will yet be.
This simple act of caring for my home in order to prepare for winter feels like an absurd act of hope.
The Empty Tomb
How could we anticipate something so seemingly simple as peace, when something as violent as a virus is tearing through our lives, our traditions, our loves?
Camus’ The Plague: Coronavirus Quotes
Do all you can to fight plague where you find it, and don’t forget to love: a selection of some of the most relevant quotes from Camus’ The Plague for a time of coronavirus.
The Times We’re Living In
Trying times are liminal times; they’re not meant to be a new normal. When we’re in one, we only know what came before and what we’re facing; we cannot know, yet, what comes next.
Getting to the Good Place
Can moral philosophy get Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani to the Good Place, or do we need to talk, first, about salvation?
All in the Interfaith Family
Susan Katz Miller talks about “how to be the most joyful and creative and successful interfaith family you can be, whatever that looks like.”
Paris is Burning
Rebuilding is not the same as loss; scar tissue is not the same as history.
Perseverance of the Editors
I’ve always been startled by the variety of writing that appears between the digital “covers” of this magazine: features, criticism, commentary, fiction, and personal essays—but never anything so ordinary as all that for KtB.
When Wax Softens, Light Shines Through
Purchasing the little nativity scene convinced me that I had unfinished business with the religion of my youth.
Seeing Directly Through the Clouds
The Endless Watch
On fighting complacency in America.
Reading The Polar Express in the wake of mass shootings.
Showering in Eden
A transparent eyeball in the Panama jungle.