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Kaya Oakes, a contributing writer for America, teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. Her fifth book, The Defiant Middle, will be released in the fall of 2021.

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FaithScripture Reflections
Kaya Oakes
Things can change in an instant, but that doesn’t mean we should cravenly hoard what we might give to the world. We’re asked for much. So why not give much?
FaithScripture Reflections
Kaya Oakes
A Reflection for Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, by Kaya Oakes
FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
It is crucial that church leaders are trained to be good communicators, which also means being good listeners. This training is especially important for priests, whose communications skills (or lack thereof) often set the tone for a parish.
FaithScripture Reflections
Kaya Oakes
A Reflection for Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time, by Kaya Oakes
Nick Cave performs at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, in 2018. (Wikimedia Commons)
Arts & CultureMusic
Kaya Oakes
For hundreds of thousands who follow his music and his newsletter, The Red Hand Files, Nick Cave has become a pastor of sorts.
FaithLent Reflections
Kaya Oakes
Many of us rush to confess sins against others, but how many of our sins are really directed at ourselves?
FaithAdvent Reflections
Kaya Oakes
A Reflection for the Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
FaithFaith in Focus
Kaya Oakes
Discovering that a pivotal figure like Esther, who saves her people from death, also happens to be childless, can help us understand that childlessness in Scripture cannot be understood only as a curse.
Arts & CultureBooks
Kaya Oakes
Chris Stedman's new book is the perfect guide to unpacking what identity means in the digital age.
FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
What Julian of Norwich can teach us about oneness with God.