Eco Catholic: The Farm gathers 600 volunteer workers each year and harvests 12,000 pounds of produce, which is distributed nearby to local food banks or at a reduced cost.
Nov 4-17, 2016
Hate crimes against Muslim Americans have increased to a level unseen since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. According to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes in 2015 against American Muslims were up 78 percent since the previous year.
Though it is often difficult to avoid the rhetoric surrounding Islam, some Muslim students have found an unexpected haven in Catholic universities and colleges.
Spiritual Reflections: Although the desire to assign places for others in the afterlife is tempting, the sacred texts summon our attention and our energies elsewhere.
Will Newsome was 8 years old when he decided he wanted to go to college. He was already witnessing the negative choices older kids were making in his impoverished neighborhood and he wanted a way out.
NCR Book Club: Recent confrontations between police and African-Americans in Northern cities may alert white liberals that racism is not bound by the Mason-Dixon Line.
Many of Mark Podwal's artworks wear their Jewish identities on their sleeves. Here, an ostrich wraps itself in a tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl. There, a winged menorah dances among musical notes. A Passover image shows an Egyptian pyramid made of matzo; another crafts a city's wall of tefillin, or phylacteries. A spice box, used for the havdalah service bidding farewell to the Sabbath, contains skeletons that allude to the sack of Zion in the book of Lamentations.
Call to Action: There are four blocks of workshops, many of which focus on topics such as sexual ethics, rethinking complementarity, and the transgender experience.
We say: The process in Colombia is a sober reminder that achieving peace more often than not involves a long and difficult slog out of the horrors of war.
Catholic college and university administrators are expressing grave concerns about what they call an unprecedented push to make learning on public college and university campuses "free."
As a young reporter at the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper in the 1990s, I covered a lot of women's conferences. These parochial, diocesan, regional and national gatherings were where I was first exposed to feminist theology, discovered that nuns were some of the coolest women in the church, and heard from speakers calling for expanded roles for women in the church -- including ordination.