10 Books For Your Inner Activist

I wrote another dreadfully click-baity listicle for Threads, this time with 10 books to get you in the mood for a revolution.

Check out the list here.


More ‘Things I wrote Recently’

I know blogs aren’t supposed to act as holding sites for writing elsewhere, but there it is.

George W Bush and the ‘Armies of Compassion’: a longish article for Theos Think Tank on American political religion and the presidency of GWB. Irony filters recommended.

The NHS is Public Grace: short reflection for Threads on the ways the National Health Service demonstrates grace in our ‘secular’ public sphere, why that is unusual, and why that is worth protecting.

Your Shoes Don’t Fit My Feet (On Rescuing Empathy): Would we do better work without All The Feels? A blog post for Dwight Hall at Yale responding to recent article by Professor Bloom, called ‘Against Empathy’.

Magee Interviews: Joy Johannes, FISH of Greater New Haven: Interview for Dwight Hall at Yale. Joy Johannes is the Executive Director of FISH, who provide nutritionally sound grocery assistance to the home-bound in the New Haven area.

Voluntourism: Is It Any Good?: Helping or hurting? A blog post for Dwight Hall at Yale considering ‘voluntourism’ and some tips for making your service trip a positive one.


2016: Things So Far

Things I’ve been up to so far this year (mostly for Dwight Hall, who are wonderful and pay me to write things)

‘Surviving Self-Help Month’: How to get through January.

‘Flint’s Troubled Water’: Some reflections and resources on the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan.

‘Magee Interviews: Jim Ehrman, Love 146’: Interview with the Executive Director of Love 146, an international human rights organisation working to end child trafficking and exploitation through aftercare & prevention.

‘Magee Interviews: Bonita Grubbs, Christian Community Action’: Interview with the Executive Director of Christian Community Action, an ecumenical social service organisation that expresses faithful witness by providing help, housing and hope to those who are poor in New Haven.

‘Nourish New Haven on WNHH Radio, New Haven Independent’: Interview with Betsy Kim of ‘Law, Life & Culture’ about food justice, sustainability and the conference I co-coordinated on those topics.

Forgive my continued ‘not posting anything original here’ stasis. I can make no promises that it will improve any time soon.

Recent Reflections

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I last posted, but (perhaps foolishly) I have not been idle. Behold, multiple social justice musings for my current fellowship.

‘Free Speech: Getting Our Rights Wrong’ (addressing recent ‘free speech’ debates and racial injustice on Yale campus)

‘How to: Burn for Justice Without Burning out’ (collected community advice on how to look after yourself when you’re feeling the burden/can’t get out of your Messiah Complex)

‘Someone is Wrong on the Internet: My response matters’ (A little self-reflection after the flood of SJW responses post Paris, Beirut, & Baghdad)

Dying Cats & Single Issue Activism (Applying this article by Helen Lewis to the need for truly intersectional activism)