October 2017

TOUCHPOINT October 2017 Good Without God? Is it possible to be good without God? That was the question that I discussed last spring with the former Evangelical leader Bart Campolo, now an atheist. It was a cordial but pointed discussion between us. About 100 USC...

Religions and Homelessness High Level Roundtable

Religion and homelessness intersected at the University of Southern California on Wednesday, October 18th, as a high-level roundtable was hosted by USC’s Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, Center for Religion & Culture, Office of Religious Life, Initiative...

Being American Muslims: A Conversation

“Responsible parenting means responsibility towards thinking about community and the world in a pluralistic fashion and teaching your children to think that way.” It was that very thought from Dr. Sana Tayyen on raising her children that led her to accept Fr. James...

September 2017

TOUCHPOINT September 2017 All Er Nuthin’ I love musicals. When I was in high school, I was part of a singing and dancing chorus for the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1955 musical, “Oklahoma.” I loved a lot of the songs, but one comes back to me often these days....

August 2017

TOUCHPOINT August 2017 Thinking and Believing I am sometimes referred to as a “hyphenated priest”, as in a priest-professor. Because of that dual identity, I often have dual experiences. For example, when I am at the university, I am often perceived as...