Here's a tale for Advent. It brings together friend and family -- a religious sister and a young composer -- prodigious talent all around.
Art & Media
Movie review: "The Lunchbox" is an exultant blending of intelligent drama, cultural richness and good-natured charm.
THE STORY OF THE PHILADELPHIA ELEVEN
By Darlene O'Dell
Published by Seabury Books, $28
Several new books commemorate this year's 40th anniversary of the ordinations of the first female priests in the Episcopal church.
Standing on the sidewalk outside an imposing downtown church, Michael Corral carried a portable loudspeaker and a handmade wooden cross with an old-fashioned message: "REPENT & BELIEVE."
"They're twisting Scripture to see through their sins," he said, as a group of pro-LGBT evangelicals met inside.
Meanwhile, halfway across the country, conservative activist Eric Teetsel was monitoring the same conference from his home in Kansas, firing off 140-character tweets using the conference hashtag, #TRPinDC.
Among the perks I relished in the nearly three decades of writing columns, editorials, and stories for The Washington Post was having Ben Bradlee as the paper's executive editor. He came to the Post in 1965, three years before I did, and retired in 1991. In that 26-year span, Bradlee transformed the paper into a potent force for truth-digging and truth-telling.
Book review: The True American entwines the story of two men -- one on death row, the other actively opposed to the death penalty.
Book reviews: As Margery Kempe, Henry Benjamin Whipple, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer saw it, silence in the face of evil was just plain wrong.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Deirdre Brennan's Irish parents showed her that everything is possible if you have faith and work hard.
In playing with the gender characteristics of religious icons usually depicted as feminine, artist Alma Lopez asks us to reconsider our ideas of religion, beauty and gender.
Entire families navigate their smartphones at restaurants. Students text in class. Parents take calls at their children's plays. It's no surprise that cellphones affect church.