A writer and mother of four, Jennifer has particular interests in “good enough” parenting, the whims of popular culture, and exceptional Vietnamese food. She has written a column and many health and parenting feature stories for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to Fullfill, Sojourners‘ God’s Politics blog, and Christianity Today’s her.meneutics blog for women.
Jennifer is a promiscuous reader who (usually) finishes what she starts, but is just as likely to be found reading Dinosaur Bob as Kate Chopin. She serves as a judge for the Christy awards. In 2012, she was a presenter (on the “tricky bits” of writing memoir) at Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing.
Jennifer contributed to Always There: Reflections on God’s Presence for Moms (Revell, 2012) and Everyday Matters Bible for Women (Hendrickson, 2012).
Her work has also been published on britannica.com, adoption.com, momitforward.com, eatdinner.org, and in magazines including Chicago Parent, Christianity Today, Draft, MomSense, and Conscious Choice. For more than a decade, she wrote features, restaurant profiles, and general interest and family life columns for Sun-Times Media newspapers. Jennifer was a founding member of Redbud Writers Guild and is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC).
Released in May 2012 from Worthy Publishing, her second book, MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family, was featured in Publishers Weekly and The Christian Science Monitor.
Jennifer’s memoir, Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter was published in August 2011 by Thomas Nelson publishers.
Jennifer is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and received her Masters degree in English literature with concentrations in fiction writing and critical theory (Go Derrida!) from Southern Methodist University. She lives with her husband, four children, and a wise and affectionate mutt named Shiloh outside of Chicago, Illinois.
Jennifer is represented by Christopher Ferebee.
Cathleen is a veteran, award-winning religion journalist and a featured writer for Sojourners in Washington, D.C., where she edited the popular blog, God’s Politics, from September 2011 to December 2012.
She is author of four nonfiction books: the critically acclaimed The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006), the memoir Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace (Zondervan, 2008), The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers (Zondervan, 2009), and BELIEBER: Fame, Faith and the Heart of Justin Bieber (Worthy, 2011).
A Connecticut native and granddaughter of Italian and Irish immigrants, Cathleen is a graduate of Wheaton College, the alma mater of the Rev. Billy Graham, former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and horror film director Wes Craven. (Amittedly, she often finds more common ground with Craven and Graham than Hastert.) She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University as well as a master’s degree in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She also was a 2009 Divinity School Media Fellow at Duke University, a Gralla Fellow in Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, and was the 1996 Stoody-West Fellow in Religious Journalism.
Cathleen was the religion writer and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2000 to January 2010, and was a longtime contributor and columnist for Religion News Service. Her debut book, The God Factor, was named among the Best Nonfiction Books of 2006 by The Christian Science Monitor.
For nearly twenty years, as a reporter and columnist from 2000-2010 at the Chicago Sun-Times, and as a reporter, commentator, essayist and columnist for a number of other media outlets as well, Cathleen has covered the diverse “God beat” from locations as far afield as Vatican City, Vedic City, Ireland, Germany, the Caribbean, the West Wing, the Playboy Mansion and the dugout at Wrigley Field.
She was honored as the 2005 James O. Supple Religion Writer of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association, and has twice been a finalist for the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year award, most recently in 2007 where she took second place.
Cathleen began writing her popular weekly column on spirituality and popular culture for the Sun-Times in 2001, She wrote a regular column for Religion News Service for several years, ending in September 2011 when she took on a full-time role at, Sojourners. Cathleen also has been a regular contributor and columnist at The Huffington Post since 2006.
Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Christianity Today and Christian Century magazines, as well as the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, the Toronto Star, the National Catholic Reporter, Kansas City Star, Madison Capital Times, other publications in North America and Europe. She has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series, National Public Radio’s The Story and Weekend Edition, BBC’s World Service, FoxNewsChannel, Moody Radio, The Steve Brown Show, Homebrewed Christianity, WGN-Radio, NPR’s Day to Day, The Tavis Smiley Show (on PBS), and a host of other radio and television venues.
Chicago Magazine media critic Steve Rhodes has said Cathleen wrote one of the city’s “most compelling columns . . . despite her focus on a subject that often is handled with a deadly dullness.” Of her journalistic endeavors, Cathleen says she likes to try to “find God in the places some people say God isn’t supposed to be,” and that she defines both spirituality and popular culture quite broadly.
Cathleen is a sought-after public speaker having presented lectures and talks at colleges, universities, civic organizations, houses of worship and large faith-based conferences nationwide, including the National Pastors Convention, the Catalyst Conference, the Los Angeles Book Festival, the Festival of Faith and Music, the Festival of Faith and Writing, the Wild Goose Festival, The Buechner Institute, St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago, Westmont College, California Statue University at Sacramento, Dominican University and a number of other universities and houses of worship throughout the country.
Cathleen has been married to the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Maurice Possley, since 1997. After 20 years in Chicago, in the summer of 2009 Cathleen moved with Maury and their son Vasco to Southern California. Vasco, who was born in Malawi in Central Africa, became a permanent part of the Possley family on June 1, 2010 when his adoption was approved by the High Court of Malawi in Blantyre. (Learn more about Vasco’s incredible story HERE and HERE.)
Cathleen is represented by Christopher Ferebee.
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