College chaplains on the hookup culture
Lisa Belkin, Christian Smith and others have raised concerns about campus sexual culture. We asked several college chaplains to comment on their assessment.
Kerry Cronin, relationship adviser
"I once asked a panel of students about relationships—were they
seeing anyone? Did they feel like they had to break up before graduation? They looked at me as if I
had been speaking Greek."
Impulsively, I e-mailed three
other clergywomen and invited them to participate in a
writing group. Their responses came
quickly and enthusiastically: Yes. I'm in. I need this.
The promise of clergy support groups
meet regularly in a "community of practice," they find that trust develops, anxieties diminish,
and challenges turn into occasions for learning.
An interview with ecologist Sandra Steingraber
"Chemical trespass and climate change are often dealt with by two separate groups of environmentalists. I am interested in bringing these two together."
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