The Common Good

Catherine Woodiwiss

Associate Web Editor

Catherine Woodiwiss is Associate Web Editor at Sojourners.

Woodiwiss has worked with print, online, and multimedia journalism. Her favorite posture is as ethnographer, tracing the spread of ideas, objects, and beliefs through time and place—and reporting on their real-world consequences in institutions and public discourse.

She formerly wrote for the Center for American Progress, with contributing pieces at ThinkProgress, Catapult, and Macalla. Her writing most recently was highlighted in The New York Times. 

For the last three years, Woodiwiss has been workshopping memoirs on loss, memory, reconciliation, sisters, and narrative statehood. Will she ever finish? Time will tell. In the meantime, her primary goal is to "make DC weird," which is how she came to be co-founder of both a design platform and a live music venue network in DC. Abiding likes include porch jams, getting grubby in nature, and futbol. Abiding dislikes are small talk, abuses of power, and football. The jury's still out on twitter: find her @chwoodiwiss.

Blog Posts by Catherine Woodiwiss

Posted by Catherine Woodiwiss 1 week 3 days ago
What’s it like to share your stories of loss to a room of hundreds? Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack), Reba Riley (Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome), and Christian Piatt (PostChristian) are...
Posted by Catherine Woodiwiss 3 weeks 1 day ago
Lokesh Todi, born and raised in Kathmandu, moved home to Nepal nine months ago to be an entrepreneur. When the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit last Saturday, he and a cousin started a crowdfunding...
Posted by Catherine Woodiwiss 5 weeks 5 days ago
In 1990, my father and pregnant mother packed up their life in suburban Illinois, bundled their four young children (including me) onto a plane, and landed in Romania to teach on a grant at the...
Posted by Catherine Woodiwiss, Julie Polter, Tripp Hudgins 7 weeks 3 days ago
Sufjan Stevens’ newest album, Carrie & Lowell (out now), is a heartbreaking meditation on personal grief. It’s also joyful, baffling, and delicately mundane. In the spirit of a...
Posted by Catherine Woodiwiss 8 weeks 2 days ago
When it comes to consensual sexual ethics among millennials, all behaviors are on the table … if the time is right. For the same generation in which no single religious group claims more than about...

Articles by Catherine Woodiwiss

Even after the Ray Rice video, churches are in denial about sexual violence. 

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill shines a light on U.S. covert wars.