Julie A. Mavity Maddalena is the director of spiritual life and a teacher at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is a PhD candidate in religious ethics at Southern Methodist University.

There are so many horrific events in the news. What do we do with the tumult of feelings that rushes through us when we hear about them? How do we navigate this world of lightning-fast news and online echo chambers where we can block particular perspectives and opinions? In these charged, gut-wrenching times, how do we process information and determine what course of action might align with our values? In seminary a professor assigned “reaction/response papers.” 
August 2, 2016