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The Balm of Proximity: Churchyard Haunting Past, Pandemic and Potential

If a religious building is in itself a threshold…what possibilities are uniquely latent in the threshold’s threshold…what wisdom lies on the church steps, in the side alley, in the far corner of the graveyard, on the margins, and nowhere else?

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All in the Name of God: The Multibillion Dollar Troubled Teen Industry and the Christians Who Profit from It

All across our country, there are “homes” for wayward and rebellious children and teens. I was one of the fortunate who didn’t get sent away, but countless others can’t say the same. 

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Wild At Heart: QAnon, Sex Trafficking, and Evangelical Masculinity

The connection between spirituality and child trafficking may be new in New Age spirituality, but it is one that has been common for years within evangelicalism.

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America: a Polemic

I saw you at the Capitol on video, wild, gleeful in your unthinking symbolism and window-breaking.

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Who Is My Neighbor?

The whole country, the whole world, is facing a damp, drizzly November of the soul.

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“There is light and there is love in this world”: An Interview with Martha Hennessy

When I spoke with Martha Hennessy, she was at her Vermont farm, waiting to be sentenced as she faces over twenty years in prison. She and six other Catholics entered Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia on April 4, 2018 to symbolically disarm the Trident submarines there, each of which can carry 5,760 times the…

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On Waiting

I am an expert on waiting. That doesn’t mean I’m good at it. On Twitter last night, Ibram X Kendi sagely compared his election feelings to the ones he had before cancer surgery. It’s true: very similar. Very life or death. But this morning, I can’t stop thinking about scans. Scans loom on the horizon…

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Apocalyptabuse, or How to Survive “The End”

Call this fantasized thinking apocalyptabuse: the demoralizing mythic-psychic warfare that deprives people of hope, makes us fear that The End is near, and thereby cuts off our aspirations of any earthly life to come.

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Taken in Evangelical America

Once again, I find I am a kind of believer.

The image comes from the November 6, 1921 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Even Religious Freedom Victories Harbor Defeats

How a 1927 Supreme Court case helps us understand today’s controversies over travel bans, border walls, and executive orders.

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Forgiveness in the Epoch of Me Too

Whose job is it, anyway?

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The Endless Watch

On fighting complacency in America.

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Lay Down Your Weary Tune

My fear is generalized. This is now my country’s fear as well.

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Notes from DC

…immediately following the 2016 Presidential election.

Photo by John St John via Flickr

Asphalt Altar

From the violence of the streets to the ritual space of the asphalt court

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The Perfect Victim

Have you noticed those suing against same-sex marriage are all extraordinarily nice?

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Why Are You Laughing?

Two ways of looking at “Je suis Charlie.”

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White People Problems

A Time For Burning after Ferguson.