The Flood
Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground

A Photo Essay from Standing Rock

By Jake Ures \ 2017-10-13

Ha’ Olam Haba

Photo by Gili Getz

Ha’ Olam Haba

A Spiritual Journey to Jewish Resistance

By Jacob Friedman \ 2017-10-13

Like many American Jews, the only time I’ve been to Israel was on Birthright, a ten-day program meant to build a connection between the State of Israel and Jews in the diaspora. The program is free for participants, who are all Jewish and aged 18-26, and is sponsored by the...

A Thorn in Cardinal Dolan’s Side

Photo by Janice Sevre-Duszynska

A Thorn in Cardinal Dolan’s Side

A Call for Sanctuary in Catholic Churches

By Joe Parziale \ 2017-10-13

On a sweltering, soggy day in mid-August, Felix Cepeda sat at the end of his chair outside Holyrood Episcopal Church in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, donning a black t-shirt with an imprint of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X shaking hands. Two days earlier, just inside the...

Love by Sacrifice

St. Agnes and Female Saint by Anonymous (From The Met Archives)

Love by Sacrifice

Competing Perspectives on Moral Living

By Jeannine M. Pitas \ 2017-10-13

What does it mean to be a good person? This question has been with humans since antiquity, and it has been with me since early childhood...
Not Cease from Mental Fight

William Blake's Jerusalem

Not Cease from Mental Fight

William Blake and the Question of Agency

By Jonathan Murden \ 2017-10-13

Youth of delight! come hither
And see the opening morn,
Image of Truth new-born.

Creative and unorthodox, William Blake has often been associated with the radical potential of Christianity. Drawing on the prophets of the Old Testament, Blake’s writings are full of bold and dramatic symbolism, targeting both...

Sharks as a Symbol of God

Sharks as a Symbol of God

By Megan Townsend \ 2017-10-13

For most of my life, I have been afraid of sharks and I have been afraid of God. My mother and my grandmother are both strict Irish Catholics who are so afraid of sharks that they will not swim in the ocean. As a child in Catholic school, I learned of the gift of the Holy Spirit known as wonder and awe, or fear of the Lord. This split in language and meaning would come to define my relationship with God (and therefore all of the living world)...

Prayer on the Frontline

Photo by Elizabeth Culbertson

Prayer on the Frontline

Direct Action at Standing Rock (Part 2 of a 3-part essay)

By Nathan Albright \ 2017-10-13

We stood linked in a chain, about 30 people across, facing three bulldozers that sat on a dirt path directly on top of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Only a day earlier I had driven out to Standing Rock with a small group of Catholic Workers from the East Coast...

Oil Is Life

Discovery of America by Jan van der Straet (from the Metropolitan Museum of Art) | Amerigo Vespucci wakes a Native American woman and names her America

Oil Is Life

Settler-Colonialism and The Death of Nature (Part 3 of a 3-part essay)

By Nathan Albright \ 2017-10-13

My hands were shaking from the cold, sloshing antifreeze on the asphalt as I tried to pour it into our radiator with a homemade funnel. My friend Jesse had offered to drive me from Chicago to my parents’ house in Ohio as I made my way back from a short but powerful trip to Standing Rock...