I SPENT THE YEAR AFTER COLLEGE in an AmeriCorps program that placed me in the Task Force for the Homeless in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. During my time there I served at several different transitional homes, emergency shelters, and soup kitchens. It was the end of a string of social-service work for me, which started several [...]
IT WAS AN UNUSUAL SCENE, to say the least. Scientists and academics stood in line next to young Tibetan monks. Aging spiritual seekers mingled with ambitious young Cambridge undergraduates. And they all filed, one by one, through checkpoints watched by hawk-eyed Secret Service agents with crew cuts and discreet earpieces.
This unlikely group was gathered [...]
Over the past several months I’ve also been thinking about my own blind spots around feminism, and on a couple of occasions female [...]
MY LATEST article has just been posted at State of Formation: “Behold the Lady: Lady Gaga and God-sacrifice.” In it, I explore the religious imagery in Lady Gaga’s sensational performance of “Paparazzi” at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, and what it says about America’s celebrity culture.
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good,
and to cleanse one’s mind—
this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
—Buddha, Dhammapada 14: 183
LAST March, The New York Times Magazine published an article about Harvard’s abstinence group—True Love Revolution—showing two extremes of sexuality at Harvard. On one end [...]
Last Christmas the American Humanist Association started an add campaign asking why people needed to believe in a god when they could simply “be good for goodness sake.” But do religious people really just behave themselves out of fear?