In 2008, New York's Riverside Church was in flux as they searched for a new pastor to replace their charismatic former leader, Rev. James Forbes. This story examined Forbes' legacy and how Riverside struggled to keep their identity in an uncertain time.
New York City cabbies were still working all through 2008 on adapting to the new credit card machines in their cabs. Some called the machines a boon to their business, bringing in new customers. Others found good reason to call the systems a nuisance. Here's the story.
In March of 2009, a nine-year-old Brazilian girl's abortion sparked controversy in Brazil: the girl had been raped by her stepfather and been impregnated with twins. When her mother helped her get an abortion, the Catholic church excommunicated both the mother and the doctors who performed the procedure. In fury about the excommunications, I wrote this piece on my blog, Reflections On Faith.