lundi, septembre 07, 2015

Still a staunch Republican, he's now an advocate for prison reform

Lancaster businessman Tom Zeager wouldn't visit his own brother in jail.  But a deal struck with a local prison chaplain more than 15 years ago changed the way he looks at life inside prison walls - and what his Christian faith calls him to do about changing it.

dimanche, août 30, 2015

Liberals and conservatives agree: our criminal justice system is broken

As states face prison overcrowding, and minor drug offenders languish behind bars, conservatives and liberals are coming together in Congress to come up with a more effect approach to sentencing and punishment.

Will it work? Only time will tell.

lundi, août 24, 2015

The tender sex

Perhaps it's time to walk away from this pain.

In this place, among those who know me,  I'll always be on the outside looking in. There's a history, a subtext, words that echo in the corridors and around corners.

These networks of social relationships that flourish  in the family network we call a congregation depend on being chosen - by someone.  And for whatever reasons, and the reasons are complicated, I haven't found my place.

Crying in the women's room - that's so high school, isn't it?

Actually, I don't think I did much crying in or outside the bathroom in my high school career.

I enjoyed the small independent school my sister and I attended. Besides, with a graduating class of only 21, give or take, it's hard to be too alienated from your classmates - you really can't afford not to get along.

A convert, a rebel, a questioner, I often find myself on the outskirts, observing - but I also treasure the authenticity of meaningful relationships. .

I enjoy the company of men, and their sometimes heady conversations - and appreciate  the company of some active, practical, grounded female friends.

I have a few - but not a posse.

It's too easy to stereotype women as indirect, cruel, mean girls stalking their kill, leaving the scene of the crime hand in hand with their pals...les femmes fatales.

No. These are well-meaning, faithful women striving to channel the best that is in them, bearers of grace for themselves and their families.

It isn't their fault that I am not of their tribe - and that when the time comes for them to celebrate, play, rent a beach house or plan a vacation, they look to one another - not seeing, perhaps, the woman sitting in the corner, who longs, for once, to be desired enough to be among the popular girls.

samedi, août 22, 2015

Can we find middle ground in the abortion wars? One scholar/activist thinks so

samedi, août 15, 2015

Capital punishment? "We're better than that" says a former Texas DA

samedi, août 08, 2015

Capital punishment and the changing American landscape

In rejecting the death penalty as a crime solution, the host of a conservative radio show and an activist African-American pastor are breaching old orthodoxies  and advocating for change across party lines.

dimanche, août 02, 2015

Holy what?

I talk about it a lot and sing about it often - but what on earth does it mean to be holy? Clueless, I asked a few good friends. Here's what they told me.