Friday Funnies!

Who is SOOOO happy that it's FRIDAY?!?! My best friend and her family are here visiting for the weekend and this girl makes me LAUGH!!!! Just in case you need a laugh too, I'm back with some more Friday Funnies to get your weekend off to a happy start! Sit back, relax and remember to laugh-life's too short not to! Enjoy!

(As always, these can be found on my pinterest board here!)


SOOO True! See...

Maybe this is why...

Totally doing this one day!!! ha ha!

You go girl! Or guy. I can't actually tell.

Yep...turkey on white please.

Oooooh snap!

I may or may not have crossed that line.

Wise wise words:

So don't worry about that spilt cup (or whole gallon) of milk on the floor, the crayon on the wall, or the smudge-prints on your freshly cleaned bathroom mirrors. Afterall, do we really need to add a headache to our day?! Laughing is so much easier on the soul!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hoped you laughed! Be sure to come back on Monday for the start of October MaDdNEsS here at Love Sweet Love! A whole month full of easy, quick, and cheap DIY halloween crafts, treats, etc! See ya soon!

Weekend links, odds & ends, and a giveaway winner!

Henry wanted to try his hand at web-chatting on his own! ;)

Today I head off to Las Vegas, but before I hit the road with Anita, I thought I'd share a couple of odds and ends, and some links!  I'm super excited about this weekend and I can't wait to spend some good quality girl time with Anita, Andy, Brittney and Vanessa! I adore these gals and I envision tons of fun over the next couple of days! Feel free to follow along via Twitter or instagram (danihampton) for fun updates.

A couple quick blog-related items:

This is just a note for any of my upcoming sponsors- because I'll be away on the 1st, your ad will go up the evening of Sunday the 2nd. I'll leave them up one extra day next month to make up the difference.

The winner of the Handmade Colectibles $45 shop credit is Jessica West Judkins! Jessica, go ahead and email me at sometimessweetblog @ gmail to claim your prize. Congratulations, and thanks again to all who entered!

Bright Starts was kind enough to send Henry a toy to check out, and although I was under no obligation to blog about it, I really wanted to share how much he loves it!  We got it about a month ago, and at first he wasn't sure what to do with the little pop-ups, but now he totally understands to push them down, then pop them back up again. He loves it. I also think the airplane noises it makes are pretty awesome and I'd highly recommend checking out this toy if you're in the market for a fun cause/effect toy for your child, or as a gift for a little one around Henry's age. Their website is great too, and definitely worth a look.

And now, some links!  I hope all of you have the best weekend - thank of me this weekend as I'm out and about in Vegas. I may pull a slot machine or two, so send me good luck vibes too! ;)


James' "Bits and Pieces" feature makes me so happy. I love all of the fun glimpses into her family's everyday.

I am loving this video- giving old books new life! I immediately thought of one of my favorite literary friends, Diana!

Live in the Phoenix area? Doesn't this restaurant sound good? It's definitely on our list of must-gos.

Totally enjoyed reading Kelly Ann's 10 things. I think I may do this next week!

Okay, how neat is this?! I think it would be so useful.

Jumpsuit Friday? Where do I sign up? I think these women are adorable.

More babies in blog world! I am just tickled pink for this soon to be mama!

This is a great idea for a cheap update in your home. And a great idea for renters.

Peter Pan collars. For everything you own!

Liz's post has me wanting to pack up and take a little weekend trip to Pinetop, AZ.

I am such a sucker for English Muffins (and butter, yum), that I am absolutely trying out this recipe soon.

Seriously loving all of the details in this baby shower.

If you fall, and you love food...then I promise, you'll love this post.

The prettiest ring for a cool $9. Awesome.

Greige and sherbet...I think this may just be my new favorite color combination.

I really enjoy reading all of my Journal Day submissions. This week, I found Liz's post to be extraordinarily raw (and so brave). 

I always admire all of Jen's outfits, but this one really stands out. The fall colors are so inspiring!

This post makes me want to head to the nearest fair immediately! I simply love all of Emily's photos.

And finally, a couple blogs I've been extra-loving lately: one, two and three.

I also want to end with my girl Adele's new video. I just LOVE her!

9 to 5: Sarah Fortune Gill, Public Relations Coordinator in the Funeral Industry

new feature!

This week's 9 to 5 lady is one of my favorite online friends, Sarah! I always love following along on all of her traveling adventures via her blog and twitter, and now her biggest adventure (she's about to have her first baby!) is the best yet. Trust me when I say that Sarah is one of THE cutest mamas-to-bes I've ever seen. Or, stop by and say hello and see for yourself! :)

 Tell us about yourself.

I’m Sarah, but I go by my first and middle name in internet land. Raised by hippies in Memphis, Tennessee I received the middle name Fortune, hence my blog, Now thirty years old, I live with my amazing, curly haired husband, Todd, in the college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas. I have to say, I never thought I would end up in Arkansas, but I am completely in love with my sweet little town. We’re expecting our first baby, a girl, this October, so lately my blog (and brain) has been taken over with all things tiny and pink!

For the past three years I’ve worked as the Public Relations Coordinator at a non-profit organization in the (wait for it...) funeral industry. And that’s not even the exciting part. Truth be told, I don’t work directly with death, funerals, or even the deceased. My company, which has been around for over one hundred years, administers the exam people take in order to be licensed funeral directors across the United States. In my position, I help out around the office with typical day-to-day administrative tasks, but the best part about my job is that I organize our company meetings at various hotels. We typically hold these meetings across the country and it’s my duty to find the perfect location. Now THIS is the exciting part.

Describe a typical day at work.

During a normal week, I do the 8 to 5 thing in a small office. When it comes to meeting planning, there is a ton of research that goes into selecting locations before I ever set foot on a hotel property, which I do from my cozy office in Fayetteville. I’m fortunate to love the people that I work with and that I get to wear whatever I want to my laid-back office, which is a major perk if you ask me.

But probably the number one aspect of my job is that I am given the difficult task of trying out prospective hotels to see if they would work for our meetings. Is the food good? Are the beds comfy? How are the bath products? Yeah, it can be rough. Meeting Planning is a huge industry and hotels go way out of their way to make sure that you pick their property. The memories I’ve gained from the travel I’ve done are incredible. A champagne helicopter ride over Las Vegas, dinner on the beaches of Maui, and box seats at the 2011 BCS National Championship game in Scottsdale are just a few memorable experiences I’ve had so far in my career.

I often work closely with the Convention & Visitors Bureaus of prospective cities, who send out my request for hotel proposals and help me determine what might be the best fit for my group. Occasionally though, I’m invited to attend exclusive Meeting Planner “Familiarization Trips” which are designed to show off a certain city or hotel that maybe we haven’t considered before. These trips are intense, lemme tell you. It’s usually a few days of non-stop tours of hotels, where each one literally wines and dines you. I’m talking the best food, the best drinks, the best VIP concerts (I may have watched Ludacris perform by the Palms pool in Vegas once). While it all sounds like a rather lavish ordeal (and it is), experiencing a hotel first hand truly is invaluable when it comes to making a final decision. And for every fun-filled trip I take, there is a meeting that I meticulously plan out every detail of and then make sure it all folds out according to plan. The act of carrying out the meeting is far less glamourous, full of early mornings, late nights, and aching feet from running around in heels all day. But it’s a great feeling to see an event that you’ve worked so hard on for a solid year come to life, hopefully with no major bumps along the way.

Did you always want to work in this industry? How did you get into this field? What kind of schooling or background did it entail?

Honestly, before this job I had NO idea that the meeting planning field even existed. When people ask what it is exactly, I compare it to event planning, but more for the corporate world. I have to choose the room set-up, select the food and beverage, stay within my budget, book travel, line up speakers, and then help it all unfold seamlessly. Although many Meeting Planners went to school for hospitality, my major in college was Advertising and Public Relations. While studying, I worked for myself selling vintage clothes through my online shop, Bittersweet Styles. Knowing that I didn’t want to do that forever, I took an internship right after graduation doing public relations for a local performing arts center. Once that came to an end, I literally opened the newspaper and this job jumped out at me from the classifieds. I’ve been fortunate to have an employer that has been willing to teach me the ins and outs of meeting planning, plus allow me to attend classes and conventions where I gain continuing education credits in the field. So while I knew the things I was interested in, I never had a clear idea of what exactly I wanted to do with my degree. But as with everything else in my life, it all seemed to fall right into place.

Is this what you hope to do for the rest of your life? If so, how do you see yourself growing in this career? If not, what else do you dream of doing? Where do you see yourself in 10 years, career-wise?

It’s hard to say where I’ll be in 10 years, but I would love for it to be right here where I am now. With this career, I feel settled, yet I still get to experience new things all the time. Every day I think about how fortunate I am not only to have a great job in today’s economy, but to truly enjoy what I do. With a baby along the way though, I can see myself wanting to travel a little less and focus more on what I can do for the organization here at home. Beyond all of the exciting travel, it feels really good to work for an organization that, even though most people don’t know it exists, plays an essential role in maintaining a high level of standard in the death care field. Something we’ll all unfortunately have to deal with at some point.

If you could tell your 17-year old self anything about your life today, what would you tell her? 

I definitely took the non-traditional route, so this is a tough one. I was home-schooled for my last two years of high school and then took some time off to travel, work, and live in Washington D.C. for a couple years before concentrating on college. Part of me would tell my 17-year old self to go to college immediately after high school, but if I had done that I wouldn’t be where I was today - happy and content, with tons of great memories.

Journal Day! V.4

There's been so many moments in life, both good and bad, that have a hand at shaping us into the person we are today.  When looking back at our lives as a whole, it can be hard to pinpoint exact instances where we've changed immensely or grown as people- often these are gradual changes that sneak up on us over time. It's only when we take a huge step back and really think about it, are we able to see all these sequences of events as separate pieces.  And sure, hundreds of different events play a part in bringing us into the present, but when you really break it down, there are definitely moments that stand out more than others.

So with that said -

Looking at all of the life you've lived so far, can you pinpoint one time frame or instance that you feel truly contributed to your growth as a person?  This may be a turning point, a positive or negative experience, a moment or collection of moments that stand out in your mind...something that changed you as a whole.

I'd always been someone who dated a lot, and throughout high school and college I had my fair share of boyfriends, although nothing terribly serious...until I met this one particular guy my sophomore year of college.  I met him at the shop I worked at and I felt an immediate attraction- I thought he was so handsome, funny, and unlike most guys I had been interested in before.  Up until that point you could say that I always dated "my type" - starting way back in junior high I usually found myself hanging out and dating boys who skateboarded, played music, and if they were into sports they weren't what my friends and I un-apologetically labeled as "meatheads."  This guy though was a far-cry from any of the skater boys I grew up with, the opposite of my friends in bands, and so incredibly different from most of the guys I spent my time with. I wasn't even sure why I liked him. But I did.

As time went on we started to hang out more; we'd joke around throughout our shifts at work, stay a little bit later helping each other straighten up the shelves, talk about our separate plans for the weekend.  Then one day he asked me out on a date.  I of course said yes, and the next couple of days went by in a blur as I found myself being swept away in excitement.

He picked me up on a Thursday night and I was greeted with a rose on the passenger seat when I got in the car. Back then I was blown away- none of my previous dates had shown this level of chivalry outside of the corsages at school dances their mothers had thoughtfully ordered. We headed out to eat Indian food, which I'd never had before. Conversation was light, easy. Afterward we went to get frozen yogurt (my favorite), and I'll never forget him watching me finish my cup of yogurt (my very small cup, mind you), and saying to me, "my god, you don't have to scrape out every last bit!" as I scooped up the last couple of vanilla flavored spoonfuls. And he wasn't joking. In my happiness with the evening I let this strange comment kind of drift away with a smile, and as he dropped me off at my house I floated inside, eager to share the details of the night with my girlfriends.

So yeah, it was a great night, minus the weird comment. And as time went on, we became a couple. And the rose on the front seat? That was only the start. This guy pulled out all the stops. Fancy dinners, weekends away, little gifts. I'd never, ever dated anyone who treated me this way...and I liked it. But soon comments like the one that night at the frozen yogurt shop started happening more regularly. Just little things, here and there, but they added up. We were so different, so I always made excuses for his odd remarks and sometimes unpredictable behavior.

As time went on we began to argue, he would yell, get very angry, and eventually we totally stopped getting along. In retrospect I can see parts of myself slowly start to change to suit him. I see myself backing down from arguing with him, starting to lose interest in the things I used to love. I don't really know how it happened- it's part embarrassing, part weird, part really surprising...but I let myself change because that's what I thought my boyfriend wanted.  I'd never done that before; in the past I'd always been a super-independent girl. I knew what I wanted and knew who I was. But somehow I'd let this guy into my head in the most negative way, and when we broke up a few months later for good, I didn't feel sad- I felt surprisingly free.

It's still a mystery to me how I let that happen. Luckily I only spent a few months with that jerk, and I suppose it was a blessing in disguise, because that winter taught me exactly what I shouldn't be doing.  And then of course exactly what I should be doing, too.

For those months spent with someone I allowed myself to change for- for that time I gave up as I pretty much morphed into some weakened version of myself, I'm grateful. I truly look at that relationship as a turning point in my life. It really showed me who I was, and I think I had to lose myself somewhere along the way to really find myself. Sure, certain things will always remind me of this bizarre time in my life- there are particular country songs that still give me the creeps, and every so often Autumn, Shirley and I will get a laugh quoting whats-his-name while eating frozen yogurt- but the best lingering memories from all of it are the life lessons I learned.

For a long time I felt foolish about letting that happen. I was perplexed at how me, Ms. Outgoing-Life-of-the-Party could ever allow some guy to change who I was. But now I just chalk it up to another one of those "growing up" experiences, and certainly an experience who shaped me into the girl I am today.  And later on, this newly re-self-assured girl would date a whole bunch of great guys who treated me just how I deserved to be treated...and then one special guy in particular who would eventually become my husband. I loved myself, and allowed myself to be loved. A pretty awesome ending if I do say so myself.

I'm moving back to having you guys link up in the comments - I did love using inlinkz, but realized that if I was to re-format my blog I'd lose all of your links! So instead, just go ahead and post your link in the comments, along with a little excerpt from your journaling! Can't wait  to read them. :)

Our family portrait collection grows...

I wanted to share something really special that my friend Cameron created for my little family...a three-dimensional paper-cut portrait set! I've posted about Cameron and his amazing talent before, and I seriously cannot get over what he's made here. What a talented guy, huh?!

If you like what you see, stay tuned, because Cameron will be hosting another giveaway right here in just a few weeks.  He does portraits by very limited commission via his shop, so check back often to see if they're available, or follow his blog or twitter to stay up to date!

And thank you again Cameron for this amazing gift. Our minds are blown! We love it so much and will treasure it for years and years to come.

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Tattoo Tuesday V.89

Name/blog name: Jessica // &
Age: 28
Occupation: Beer giver and tour guide at New Belgium Brewing
Age of 1st tattoo: 20
Favorite Tattoo: flying cupcake
Featured tattoo/location: deer on my calf
Artist/shop/location of featured tattoo: Ish Johnson in Fort Collins, CO

1) Tell us about the tattoo you are sharing with us- is there a background story or special meaning? Why did you choose this particular piece of art?

I've always thought deer were beautiful and gentle and have been drawn to images of them in art and photography. I knew I wanted a tattoo of the most handsome deer with flowers and feathers around him. I told my tattoo artist that I wanted him to be delicate and ornate with bright colors (kind of like a Jesus candle, you know, the ones at the grocery store?). Ish's drawing exceeded my expectations, and I am so happy with the tattoo!

2) Do you have any other tattoos? If so, what do you have and where?

I have quite the tattoo collection that is quickly growing! My most favorite is the cupcake on my right foot. Every time the artist colored in a sprinkle he giggled.

On my left wrist I have script that says "To write with light". It's the literal translation of photo-graphie, which is Latin for photography.

There is a pink bunny on my left shoulder carrying a banner that says "LuLu". This one is for my dog. My two nick names for her are fluffy bunny and LuLu.

And on my right arm I have a half sleeve that wraps around my back of a Japanese garden. This one was actually my first real tattoo (I have a small one on my back that will be covered eventually) and I surprised myself and went big! There are peonies, cherry blossoms, and a bird on the inside of my arm, all surrounded by clouds. This piece was done by Carlos Truan in Austin, TX, and I am in love with the bright saturated color and insane detail!

3) Do you plan on getting more?

Yes, I'm definitely getting more. My next one will be a blue carnation on my left elbow. It's my mom's favorite flower. Then I have plans for a Russian nesting doll, and I'm playing with ideas for a side piece.

4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them?

My family is pretty accepting of my tattoos, even though I'm the only one in my family with any. All of my friends are accepting as well, and the ones without any tattoos love mine. My fiance is also pretty heavily tattooed. He has two Japanese half sleeves that go across his chest, and he'll be extending to full sleeves soon. Most people react to me in a positive way. It's funny how many compliments I get from elderly people and how many people tell me that they normally don't like tattoos but think mine are pretty. I was also surprised at the fact that the more tattoos I got, the more people talked to me about them. I would assume the opposite would happen and I would come across as more intimidating or something. That being said, I have come across negativity as well. Nasty looks, offensive comments, and rude people thinking it's ok to touch me even though we don't know each other. But that all comes with the territory and is to be expected when visibly tattooed. I try not to let mean people get to me.

5) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet?

Tattoos can be a great reminder not to take life too seriously. Have fun with them! Just be prepared that after you get your first tattoo you will probably want more. If you get a very meaningful tattoo, keep in mind that if it's in a visible place, people will ask you about it, so make sure it's something you're comfortable talking about to strangers. Also, because you have tattoos other people will want to show you theirs (which gets really annoying). My fiance's favorite saying is "Yes I have tattoos, no I don't want to see yours". And most importantly, find an artist whose style you like, give them artistic freedom (they know what looks good on skin and I've always been blown away at how much better their drawing is than what I had originally imagined), and never bargain hunt.
Oh yeah, and they hurt. ;)

A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty

There were two state-sanctioned executions in the United States on September 21, 2011. In Georgia, Troy Anthony Davis, an African American man, was put to death for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. In Texas, Lawrence Brewer, a white supremacist, was executed for his participation in the racist hate crime dragging murder of James Byrd in Jasper in 1998. As theologians, scholars, and social justice advocates who participate in the public discussion of Catholic theology, we protest the state-sanctioned killings of both of these men, and we call for the abolition of the death penalty in the US.
Davis’ execution is particularly troubling for it shines a stark light upon many longstanding concerns about capital punishment in the US. We mourn the death of Officer MacPhail and express our deepest sympathies to his family for their tragic loss. However, we believe that a grave miscarriage of justice took place with Davis’ execution. As many legal experts have pointed out, including former FBI Director and federal judge and prosecutor William S. Sessions, serious doubt remains about Davis’ guilt. Until his last breath he maintained his innocence. The failure of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, a Federal Appeals Judge, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court to grant Davis a new trial reveals a deeply flawed justice system. We therefore call upon lawmakers and President Obama to immediately repeal the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which created the legal conditions for executing a man whose guilt was not established beyond reasonable doubt.
Even those who do not share our faith convictions ought to recognize, as Justice William J.  Brennan put it, “the death penalty is imposed not only in a freakish and discriminatory manner, but also in some cases upon defendants who are innocent.” The horrific legacy of lynching in the US casts its evil shadow over current application of the death penalty. Studies have shown that black defendants are more likely to receive the death penalty. In many states with capital punishment, defendants are from 3 to 5 times more likely to be executed if their victim was white. In states that retain the death penalty, 98 percent of district attorneys are white and only 1 percent are black. Execution is also irrevocable, and innocent people have likely been victims of it. Since 1973, 138 persons have been exonerated from death row, most of whom were people of color and economically poor.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that “the sanction of death, when it is not necessary to protect society, violates respect for human life and dignity…Its application is deeply flawed and can be irreversibly wrong, is prone to errors, and is biased by factors such as race, the quality of legal representation, and where the crime was committed. We have other ways to punish criminals and protect society.” In earlier eras, Roman Catholic tradition acknowledged the necessity of capital punishment, in rare cases, to protect citizens from threats to the common good. In recent times, with more secure prison facilities that give us the means to offer such protection without executions, our church leaders have affirmed the need to eradicate the death penalty.
There are, moreover, theological reasons for this stance, and here we speak especially to our sisters and brothers in faith. In calling for the abolition of the “cruel and unnecessary” death penalty, Blessed Pope John Paul II argued that “[t]he new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life: who will proclaim, celebrate, and serve the Gospel of life in every situation. A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil.” Our theological tradition recalls that our Lord Jesus Christ was unjustly and brutally nailed to a cross to die. The great 20th century theologian Karl Barth put the matter this way: “Now that Jesus Christ has been nailed to the cross for the sins of the world, how can we still use the thought of expiation to establish the death penalty?” The Eucharistic celebration calls Catholics to remember all crucified people, including the legacy of lynching, in light of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His Gospel message of forgiveness and love of enemies presents a difficult challenge, especially to those who have lost loved ones at the hands of a murderer. Yet, the Gospel teaches us how to become fully human: love, not hatred and revenge, liberates us. We need to forgive and love both in fidelity to the Gospel and for our own well-being. The experience of groups like Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, who advocate against the death penalty, attests to this.
Therefore, in concert with our recent popes and bishops, we oppose the death penalty, whether a person on death row is guilty or innocent, on both theological and practical grounds. While we especially deplore and lament the killing of Troy Davis, we also decry the death sentences of the more than 3,200 inmates on death row and the 1,268 executions since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. We urge our nation to abolish capital punishment, and we also implore our churches to work unwaveringly to end it as well as all other threats to human life and dignity.
1. Gerald J. Beyer, Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Saint Joseph’s University
2. Alexander Mikulich, Research Fellow, Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans
3. Emily Reimer-Barry, Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
4. Tobias Winright, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Saint Louis University
5. Maria Pilar Aquino, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
6. Karen Teel, Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
7. Gerard Mannion, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
8. Meghan Clark, Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint John’s University (NY)
9. Dana Dillon, Assistant Professor of Theology, Providence College
10. Charles Camosy, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Fordham University
11. Julie Hanlon Rubio, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Saint Louis University
12. Stephen B. Wilson, Associate Professor of Theology, Spring Hill College
13. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Associate Professor of Biology, Providence College
14. Kathryn Getek Soltis, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Villanova University
15. Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology & Culture, University of Dayton
16. Jana Bennett, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Dayton
17. Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University
18. M. Shawn Copeland, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College
19. Todd David Whitmore, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
20. John Sniegocki, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Xavier University
21. Nancy M. Rourke, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Canisius College
22. James F. Keenan, SJ, Founders Professor in Theology, Boston College
23. Nancy Dallavalle, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
24. John Inglis, Professor of Philosophy, Cross-Appointed in Religious Studies, University of Dayton
25. Dennis Doyle, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
26. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Assistant Professor of Theology, Boston College
27. Daniel C. Maguire, Professor of Moral Theology, Marquette University
28. Anthony J. Godzieba, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, Villanova University
29. J. Milburn Thompson, Professor of Theology, Bellarmine University
30. Susan Paulik Babka, Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
31. Holly Taylor Coolman, Assistant Professor of Theology, Providence College
32. Kelly Johnson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
33. David O’Brien, University Professor of Faith & Culture, University of Dayton
34. Ronald Modras, Professor of Theology, Saint Louis University
35. Edwin L. Lisson, SJ, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Saint Louis University
36. John F. Kavanaugh, SJ, Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University
37. June-Ann Greeley, Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, Fairfield University
38. Jennifer Beste, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Xavier University
39. Elena Procario-Foley, Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, Iona College
40. Carl Procario-Foley, Director, Center for Campus Ministries, Iona College
41. Daniel Finn, Professor of Theology and Professor of Economics, St. John’s University (MN)
42. Bryan N. Massingale, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Marquette University
43. Marie Dennis, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Co-President, Pax Christi International
44. James T. Bretzke, SJ, Professor of Moral Theology, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
45. Maura Ryan, John Cardinal O’Hara CSC Assoc Prof of Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
46. Francine Cardman, Assoc Prof of Historical Theology, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
47. Dolores L. Christie, Independent Scholar
48. Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Franciscan Friar, Holy Name Province (New York)
49. MT Dávila, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School
50. John Renard, Professor of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University
51. Laurie Johnston, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Emmanuel College
52. Nicholas P. Cafardi, Dean Emeritus & Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
53. Christopher Pramuk, Assistant Professor of Theology, Xavier University
54. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ, Edward A. Malloy Prof of Catholic Studies, Vanderbilt Univ Divinity School
55. Matthew A. Shadle, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, Loras College
56. Michael E. Lee, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University
57. Kenneth Parker, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Saint Louis University
58. Mary Dunn, Assistant Professor of Modern Christianity, Saint Louis University
59. James Caccamo, Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Saint Joseph’s University
60. Most Rev. John Michael Botean, DD, Bishop of the Eparchy of St. George, Canton, OH
61. Ronald Mercier, SJ, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Saint Louis University
62. Thomas J. Reese, SJ, Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University
63. David Cloutier, Associate Professor of Theology, Mount Saint Mary’s University
64. Thomas Massaro, SJ, Professor of Moral Theology, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
65. M. Therese Lysaught, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Marquette University
66. Randall S. Rosenberg, CSJ Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought, Fontbonne University
67. Vincent M. Smiles, Professor of Theology, College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University (MN)
68. David Meconi, SJ, Assistant Professor of Patristic Theology, Saint Louis University
69. Mark J. Allman, Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Merrimack College
70. Susan A. Ross, Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago
71. Christine Firer Hinze, Professor of Theology, Fordham University
72. Brian W. Hughes, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Saint Mary
73. Tim Muldoon, Assistant to the Vice President for University Mission & Ministry, Boston College
74. Carey Walsh, Associate Professor of Theology, Villanova University
75. Maureen O’Connell, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University
76. William T. Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University
77. Paul Lakeland, Alloysius P. Kelley SJ Professor of Catholic Studies, Fairfield University
78. Bradford Hinze, Professor of Theology, Fordham University
79. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College
80. John Langan, SJ, Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
81. William L. Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology, University of Dayton
82. Paulette Skiba, BVM, Professor of Religious Studies, Clarke University
83. John R. T. Berkman, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Regis College, Univ. of Toronto
84. Michael Patella, OSB, Professor of Theology, Saint John’s School of Theology-Seminary
85. Una M. Cadegan, Associate Professor of History, University of Dayton
86. James B. Ball, Associate Professor of Theology, Saint Mary’s University (TX)
87. Mary Jo Iozzio, Professor of Moral Theology, Barry University
88. Christopher Steck, SJ, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Georgetown University
89. Beth Haile, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, Carroll College
90. J. Matthew Ashley, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
91. Franklin T. Harkins, Assistant Professor of Theology & Medieval Studies, Fordham University
92. Angela Kim Harkins, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
93. Joseph A. McCartin, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University
94. Anthony B. Smith, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
95. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
96. Joe Holland, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, St. Thomas University
97. Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
98. G. Simon Harak, SJ, Director, Marquette University Center for Peacemaking
99. Mary Doak, Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
100. Stephen Schneck, Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Catholic University of America
101. Stephen E. Lammers, Helen H.P. Manson Prof. of the English Bible, Lafayette College
102. Christopher P. Vogt, Assoc Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, St. John’s University (NY)
103. Teresa Delgado, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Iona College
104. Otto Hentz, SJ, Associate Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
105. B. Andrew Lustig, Holmes Rolston III Professor of Religion & Science, Davidson College
106. Gerald Schlabach, Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
107. Anna Floerke Scheid, Assistant Professor of Theology, Duquesne University
108. Paul Niskanen, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
109. Brian Robinette, Associate Professor of Theology, Saint Louis University
110. Thomas O’Brien, Center for Interreligious Engagement, DePaul University
111. Edward Sellner, Professor of Theology & Spirituality, Saint Catherine University
112. Paul J. Wojda, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
113. William Trollinger, Professor of History, Cross-Appointed to Religious Studies, Univ. of Dayton
114. Mary Daly Twite, Senior Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas (MN)
115. Colleen M. Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint Catherine University
116. Maura Donahue, Lecturer in Christian Ethics, University of Dayton
117. Kathy Lilla Cox, Assistant Professor of Theology, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
118. Amy Levad, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
119. Thomas Schubeck, SJ, Professor of Religious Ethics, John Carroll University
120. Kelly M. Wilson, Adjunct Theology Instructor, University of St. Thomas (MN)
121. Robert Koerpel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint Catherine University
122. Elizabeth Groppe, Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University
123. Sandra A. Yocum, Chair of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
124. Kathleen Maas Weigert, Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Prof of Women & Leadership, Loyola Univ. Chicago
125. Brian M. Doyle, Associate Professor of Theology, Marymount University
126. Patrick J. Hayes, Archivist, Baltimore Province of the Redemptorists (Brooklyn, NY)
127. Ronald A. Pachence, Chair, Dept of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
128. Thomas J. Bushlack, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
129. Lance Nelson, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Diego
130. David Whitten Smith, Emeritus Prof. of Theology & Justice & Peace Studies, Univ. of St. Thomas (MN)
131. Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier, Assistant Professor of  Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
132. Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, T. Marie Chilton Prof. of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University
133. Matthew Tapie, Teaching Fellow, The Catholic University of America
134. Tisha Rajendra, Assistant Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago
135. Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Assistant Professof of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
136. David Hollenbach, SJ, University Chair in Human Rights & International Justice, Boston College
137. Stephen Pope, Professor of Theological Ethics, Boston College
138. Patricia Beattie Jung, Prof. of Christian Ethics/Oubri A. Poppele Prof. of Health/Welfare Ministries, St. Paul School of Theology
139. James Fredericks, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
140. Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
141. Amir Hussain, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
142. Mark Potter, Provincial Assistant for Social Ministries, California Province for the Society of Jesus
143. William Madges, Prof. of Theology & Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, St. Joseph’s University
144. Michael Baxter, Center for World Catholicism, DePaul University
145. William J. Collinge, Knott Professor of Theology, Mount St. Mary’s University
146. Jonathan Rothchild, Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
147. Brian Stiltner, Assoc. Prof. & Chairperson of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies, Sacred Heart University
148. Catherine M. Mooney, Associate Professor of Church History, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
149. John F. Baldovin, SJ, Prof. of Historical & Liturgical Theology, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
150. Ernesto Valiente, Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
151. Brett C. Hoover, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
152. Mary R. D’Angelo, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
153. Padraic O’Hare, Professor of Religious & Theological Studies, Merrimack College
154. Patrick T. McCormick, Professor of Christian Ethics, Gonzaga University
155. Johann M. Vento, Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Theology, Georgian Court University
156. Rev. Louis Arceneaux, CM, Peace & Justice, Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission, USA
157. Laurie Cassidy, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Marywood University
158. Margaret R. Pfeil, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
159. Edward T. Ulrich, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
160. Christopher J. Viscardi, SJ, Professor of Theology & Spirituality, Spring Hill College
161. Kristin E. Heyer, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University
162. Joseph Miller, Campus Minster, Stonehill College
163. Shannon Berry, Teaching Fellow in Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America
164. Sr. Jamie T. Phelps, O.P., Professor of Theology, Chicago, IL
165. Phyllis Zagano, Senior Research Associate-in-Residence, Religion Dept, Hofstra University
166. Kelle Lynch-Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Theology, Ohio Dominican University
167. Radoslav Lojan, PhD cand., Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
168. John W. Martens, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
169. Mark DelCogliano, Adjunct Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)
170. Julie McDonald, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Saint Joseph’s University
171. Nicholas Albares, Parish Social Ministry Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans
172. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Canisius College
173. Gregory J. O’Meara, SJ, Associate Professor, Marquette University Law School
174. Dennis Hamm, SJ, Holder of the Graff Endowed Chair in Catholic Theology, Creighton University
175. David DeCosse, Director of Campus Ethics Programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
176. Denise Starkey, Assistant Professor & Chair of Theology & Religious Studies Dept., The College of St. Scholastica
177. Jason King, Associate Professor & Chair of Theology Dept., Saint Vincent College
178. Amanda C. Osheim, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Loras College
179. Alan C. Mitchell, Associate Professor of New Testament & Christian Origins, Georgetown University
180. Julia Fleming, Professor of Moral Theology & Dept. Chair, Creighton University
181. Pam Rector, Director, Center for Service & Action, Loyola Marymount University
182. Philip Endean, SJ, Visiting Professor of Theology, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
183. Kobi Ako Abayomi, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
184. Andrea Vicini, SJ, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
185. Thomas Ryan, Director, Loyola Institute for Ministry, New Orleans
186. Thomas Kelly, Associate Professor of Theology, Creighton University
187. Fr. Thomas Washburn, OFM, Executive Secretary, English Speaking Provincials Conference of the Order of Friars Minor (The Franciscans)
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