Upcoming Events

2I’m excited to have speaking engagements on both coasts scheduled in May! If you are interested in hosting an event while I’m in your area, please contact me.

  • Writers Blok, Santa Monica CA, May 1, 2018

This community of accomplished and engaged writers celebrates a new opening in the Arts District of Santa Monica this month! I’m excited to open a discussion on the ups-and-downs inherent in the writing and publishing process.

  • Harvard Humanist Hub, Cambridge MA, May 13, 2018

A Mother’s Day celebration with secular families! I’ll be sharing the journey that led me to write In Good Faith and hope for a robust discussion on the joys and challenges of raising children outside of religion. See more details here.

  • Bates College Purposeful Work, Lewiston, ME, May 15, 2018

This Q&A with In Good Faith contributor Rebecca Fraser-Thill will focus on the chapter Meaning and Purpose for the Purposeful Work Common Hour Series.

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Booklist Review!

I’m excited about this one:

Polonchek’s expertise doesn’t come from an academic degree or background in divinity or counseling—it stems from her ability to write about her personal spiritual journey. She deftly shares her experience as a parent and reflects on contemporary religious, nonreligious, and moral issues. As a parent, Polonchek has found ways to approach the hope and challenge of teaching morality without religion, awe without it being God inspired, and death without an afterlife. She also focuses on the importance of extended family and community for all, outside of a Christian community. For readers who may find that last part to be a hurdle, there are a number of helpful tips surrounding ways to find common ground and celebrate holiday traditions. There are many books on spirituality for Christian parents but few for secular families—this will fill an important gap. This is not a how-to parenting book. Although the book is written in the style of a memoir, those raising children will find the author’s ideas helpful. In Good Faith is a good addition to public library parenting and religion collections.

First Radio Interview!

I’m so excited (and a little nervous!) about my first radio interview with KUCR 88.3 out of Riverside, CA. The program is “Education Today” and the interview will broadcast on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm, Wednesday the 21stat 8:30pm, and Sunday the 25th at 8pm.

It will also be available on their podcast!