Introducing ‘In Polite Company’

Migrating my work to try to bring spiritually diverse reader groups together

Sarah Stankorb


As my regular Medium readers know, I’ve had a heck of a year. The sort that makes a person regroup and not only consider how to focus one’s time, but also, how to create the most meaning from daily labor.

When I see readers respond to my religion writing on social media, I get an interesting mix of believers, nones, those trying to deconstruct, and folks outside the church who are deeply curious about that world. It’s rare to see these groups getting along and genuinely trying to learn from one another — and I want to capture and tend to that rarified space.

Today I’m launching In Polite Company, a weekly newsletter for people who want to interrogate or otherwise defrag American faith. We’ll cover the topics most mothers (not mine!) warn against bringing up in polite company: religion, sex (gender too!), and politics.

This space and related community are for people looking to sort and heal — whether that means tearing it all down or rebuilding so you can reside in a sense of truth free of undue influence.

Since so many of my friends and readers are here on Medium, I wanted to share an excerpt from the first issue, published today. If you like what you see, click through to read the rest and join the new community I’m building.

This whole thing is… wildly uncomfortable for me. I’d much rather just keep my nose in books and wear down my shoes chasing stories. But religion reporting should not be done in isolation, and I want to be part of learning from you. Join me!

(Excerpt from In Polite Company)

Thinking about adoption (and its push) in a post-Roe America

Offered as an alternative to abortion, rhetoric concerning adoption can be volleyed carelessly and too often, as part of other agendas.

PHOTO: Aleteia Image Department

In a post-Roe America, what about adoption?



Sarah Stankorb

Sarah Stankorb has published with The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Glamour, O, and The Atlantic (among others). @sarahstankorb