COMMENTARY: Seeking clarity

NEW YORK (RNS) The “October trifecta'' that touched my life — my father's death, surgery and the unprecedented destruction of Hurricane Sandy — did what traumatic events often do: they left me emotionally fatigued and ready for some fresh clarity, fresh perspective and fresh prioritizing. By Tom Ehrich.

What’s next for religious conservatives?

(RNS) Mitt Romney failed in his bid to win the White House back for Republicans, but the biggest losers in Tuesday’s voting may be Christian conservatives who put everything they had into denying President Obama a second term and battling other threats to their agenda. Does the religious right need to reinvent itself?