About John Backman

As a blogger for Huffington Post Religion and an associate of an Episcopal monastery, John Backman writes extensively on contemplative spirituality and its ability to help us dialogue across divides. He authored "Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart," and his articles have appeared in numerous faith-based publications, progressive and conservative. John currently serves on the board of directors for the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation.

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“I’m Not Like That”: Why It Offends, Where It Makes Sense

A few months ago, an article on feminist masculinity on the Women in Theology blog sparked a difficult, testy, extraordinary conversation on a friend’s Facebook page. It also happened to strike repeatedly on one of my rawest nerves. The article is so tightly written that a quick scan—with a word or sentence taken out of [...]

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Slowing Down the Dialogue After Newtown

Shortly after the terrible shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the public square filled with a cacophony of voices and, running through them all, a sense of urgency. We have to do something NOW, while the tragedy is still fresh in everyone’s mind and the story is still in the headlines. That urgency has produced [...]

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