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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.

FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt says that the image of a God who suffers with us can play a role in helping people recover.
Politics & SocietyFeatures
Kaya Oakes
An old Jesuit parish in San Francisco took on a new mission to help its neighbors in need.
Politics & Society
Kaya Oakes
St. Columba began celebrating Black Catholic History Month and Kwanzaa alongside the regular events in the liturgical calendar.
Faith in Focus
Kaya Oakes
"What is unclear is how that role works when your godchild is a fully-formed adult."
A HOMECOMING. People sing during a Mass for young adults at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Dec. 10.
Kaya Oakes
In the fall of 2013, gentrification arrived in my working-class North Oakland neighborhood. The rent ticked up month after month. Then one day, the landlord called to notify us he was putting the house on the market. Because of an influx of highly paid tech workers into the Bay Area, the house liste
Faith in Focus
Kaya Oakes
I met the monk, before he was a monk, on Facebook. The message icon flickered to life when an actor we both know made the connection: two writers, two creative people, two weirdoes, two Catholics. Perhaps we’d like to get acquainted? The monk back then had a different name; let’s call hi
Kaya Oakes
Midway through Richard Rodriguez’s recent spiritual autobiography, Darling, the author offers Catholic readers a useful catechism: “I stay in the church because the church is more than its ignorance; the church gives me more than it denies me. I stay in the church because it is mine.&rdq
Faith
Kaya Oakes
What we can learn from a generation seekers
Kaya Oakes
Teaching the art of spiritual autobiography
Faith in Focus
Kaya Oakes
Finding renewal--and a dose of irreverence--in a women's prayer group