While making cupcakes and washing dishes, I have listened to my little kitchen radio chase down stories like this (on the factory collapse in Bangladesh), and, today, more of the same - this time from Cambodia.
Think global, and act local? The local and the global are all intertwined, as proven by Art Pope’s little empire. Sell products outsourced to poor, unregulated countries to poor people in your own state, then use the money to push through more policies that weaken the rights of workers in the remaining industries and services. Read more
We’re proud to host this report by Patrick O’Neill, whose writing appears in the National Catholic Reporter, the Independent Weekly, and the Raleigh News and Observer, among other places. Patrick and his wife, Mary Rider, are co-founders of Garner’s Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker House, an intentional Christian community that provides hospitality for men, women and children in crisis. They have 8 children.
NOTE — During a Thursday morning hearing to decide if Michael, Greg and Sr. Megan would get released pending their Sept. 23 sentencing, the judge, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench, was clearly struggling with his decision because it appeared that he might have “no choice” but to remand them to custody because the U.S. Attorney told him a congressional law might require him to do so because the three were found guilty of sabotage — an “act of violence” against the United States. “It is preposterous that Congress would pass a law that would not distinguish between peace protestors and terrorists,” the judge said — and off to jail they went. Read more
My first NASCAR race! Now I understand why they call it “Thunder Road!” I won’t register here exactly which expletive I used when the cars made their first full-speed round right by me. But, yea, I get it. My bones rumbled. It was a full day! Nick from Motor Racing Outreach spoke a true word on loving speech from the book of James. Melanie hosted kiddies, moms, and daddy-drivers in a traveling house of hospitality. And Elliott explained why evangelism is about patience over pancakes, year after year, rather than a fast tract at the track. Thanks, Missy! Hope our team won! (Yeah, I couldn’t stay the whole race. After a full day of trailing MRO, I was too dang tired. And my ears hurt.)
Hans Ulrich has been very kind about my work. He suggested to me once in conversation that, while my first book (Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love) is about Kierkegaard, my second book (Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction) is my attempt to inhabit Kierkegaard. And so is my third. Teaching Kierkegaard’s texts is a joy, but I am not terribly invested in creating more Kierkegaard scholars per se. I am happiest when one of his texts surprises a young, pious student into the realization that Christianity is often more amenable to delicate fairy tales than to managerial plans, logical proofs, or other sorts of ecclesial body-armor. Read more