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Farewell to 2017

Thanks to all my newsletter friends for your support over the last year of faith-beat adventures. Here are the best stories I wrote and read in 2017. My best work 5. Briefs filed in Supreme Court case describe harm experienced by LGBTQ community 4. What a meditating Mormon has to do with the future of […]

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3 weddings and some rabbis

Here’s my Dec. 9 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  It’s finals season for college students, a time of year that still makes me shudder remembering flashcard piles and quickly approaching essay deadlines. I also get nostalgic thinking about free snacks, the […]

Is there a wrong way to be generous?

Here’s my Dec. 2 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married! That may mean very little to many of you, but their engagement sparked some interesting faith-related buzz. Markle, an American Protestant, will join the […]

Roy Moore and tax reform

Here’s my November 18 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  Religion reporting took center stage again this week, as Americans struggled to sort out why many evangelicals still love Roy Moore. The Republican Senate candidate from Alabama faces numerous allegations of inappropriate […]

In the shadow of Sutherland Springs

Here’s my November 11 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  This week started with one of the worst news alerts I could imagine: Nearly 50 men, women and children were killed or injured in the middle of a worship service. Six days […]

A look inside Liberty University

Here’s my November 4 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  I write for a relatively conservative and mostly Christian audience at the Deseret News, and it’s sometimes a struggle to push readers out of their religious and political comfort zones. When I […]

Reasons to celebrate: Reformation Day and Halloween

Here’s my October 28 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  Journalism is an exhausting profession. There are new challenges to face each week. Interviews cancelled. Photos to schedule. Deadlines on the horizon. Unexpected announcements from President Trump. Every once in a while, […]

A sneak peak at DC’s newest attraction

Here’s my October 21 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  My team at the Deseret News met recently to discuss attention-grabbing opening paragraphs, which are also known as ledes. A colleague who regularly makes me smile with her quirky intros led the […]

Prophets-in-training

Here’s my October 14 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion reads and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  I’ll keep things short and sweet this week because I want you all to direct your energy toward reading the long BuzzFeed News article below. It dives into a much talked about […]

From sports editor to Catholic priest

Here’s my October 7 newsletter. To receive my latest articles, favorite religion articles and other updates in your inbox each Saturday, sign-up here.  I’m writing today from a fascinating conference on faith and genetics, which has brought together top geneticists and religious leaders to discuss the future of medicine. It’s a lot to digest, and […]