Voices

Judith Valente, a regular contributor to NPR and "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly," is a journalist, poet and essayist. She is the author of Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, named best spirituality book in paperback for 2014 by the Catholic Press

Politics & Society Dispatches
May 19, 2017
Illinois is one of about 35 states that have “revenge laws” that prohibit anyone from publicly disseminating intimate or embarrassing content about others without their consent.
Arts & Culture Dispatches
May 18, 2017
The women of the Redbird Writers Guild shared a common belief that writing with faithful trust can lead to transformation—their own and ultimately that of their readers.
Lowell Thompson
Politics & Society Dispatches
May 05, 2017
Mr. Thompson, one of the first African-Americans hired by a major Chicago advertising agency, is on a crusade to convince people of all races that this is not a black or white matter. Human beings represent a range of color.
Edward Lally (center) is joined by his schola, Sarah Coffman, Katherine Keberlein, Ngaire Bull and Sarah Beatty, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chicago on April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beatty.
Faith Dispatches
April 25, 2017
With chant “you’re expressing something in pure melody."
Politics & Society Dispatches
March 31, 2017
What motivates assailants to brazenly post their crimes to Facebook?
In this May 30, 2016 file photo, police work the scene where a man was fatally shot in the chest in Chicago (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP).
Politics & Society Dispatches
March 18, 2017
In a five page “open letter,” Zachary Fardon traced problems in the city’s most troubled neighborhoods to neglect “rooted in ugly truths about power politics, race and racism.
Carmen Severino, an abuse survivor, is embraced during a news conference that heralded the release of thousands of documents from the Chicago Archdiocese on past cases of clergy sexual abuse in January 2014. (CNS photo/Jim Young, Reuters)
Faith Dispatches
March 09, 2017
Ms. Collins’ complaints “mirror” concerns she and other members of the National Review Board raised in the early years of the abuse scandal. “The whole thing spoke to me of ‘nothing’s changed.’”
Tony Romero. Photo: Josh Leff for The DePaulia
Politics & Society Dispatches
February 08, 2017
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates as many as 58,000 students across the United States—about one in 10—face homelessness at some point during college.
Kofi Ademola, left, of the group Black Lives Matter Chicago, and other protesters talk to the media outside the Chicago Police District 1 headquarters on South State Street in Chicago on Jan. 13. Speakers said Chicagoans already knew from experience what the Department of Justice said in its report critical of the Chicago Police department. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP)
Politics & Society
January 23, 2017
"You can change the training at the academy and retrain all of the current officers, but the biggest issue is changing the culture."
Politics & Society Dispatches
January 05, 2017
The march and its counter-protest showed the sharp divide in how blacks and whites view the police in a city with few integrated neighborhoods.