Remembering Rachel Held Evans

Author Rachel Held Evans. Rachel Held Evans. (Courtesy photo)  

Like so many, we were devastated by the news of Rachel Held Evans’s death last weekend. Rachel’s willingness to write candidly and prophetically about her faith inspired countless believers and doubters.


The importance of Rachel’s life and work is clear from the outpouring of grief and love that’s emerged from her death. To honor her life and legacy, we wanted to re-air our interview with Rachel from last year. We spoke to Rachel about her book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Rest in peace, Rachel.

In Signs of the Times, we discuss whether or not we like when priests improvise at Mass, the legacy of L’Arche founder, Jean Vanier and the new editorial director of the Vatican women’s magazine.

Thoughts on this week’s show? Join the discussions happening with other Jesuitical listeners (and hosts and producers!) on our Facebook group.

This week’s episode was sponsored by Sunday to Sunday with Fr. Mike Russo, a new online video series that explores the art, craft and spirituality of preaching.

Links from the show:

Rachel Held Evans, Christian writer of honesty and humor, dies at age 37
Dear priests who improvise at Mass: Please don’t.
Jean Vanier, ‘living saint’ who ministered to people with disabilities, dies at 90
How the University of San Francisco became the first Jesuit university to go carbon neutral
Catholic officials pleased with new conscience protection rule
Pope to Hairdressers: Cut Gossip, Work in ‘Christian Style’
Vatican newspaper appoints new editorial board for women’s magazine
Sunday to Sunday

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Leftover party beer.

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John Barbieri
1 year ago

Remember, Lord, those who have died.

Richard Bell
1 year ago

Does every utterance have to begin with "so"? My people do not talk that way, so I am somewhat alienated by this kind of throat-clearing.


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