A Merry Feminist Christmas, part three

I first shared this post in December 2012 ... here it is again for your Christmas enjoyment:My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others.Today, "Welcome Our Sister-Brother Creator" (to the tune of "Greensleeves"/"What Child Is This?") which she describes as follows: Recording artist Shannon Kincaid sings … [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part two

I first shared this post in December 2012 ... here it is again for your holiday enjoyment:My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others.Today, "Sound Forth the News That Wisdom Comes" (to the tune of "Joy to the World") which she describes as follows: Recording artist Shannon Kincaid sings “Sound Forth the News T … [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part one

I first shared this post in December 2012 ... here it is again for your Advent pleasure:My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others.Up first, today, "O Holy Darkness, Loving Womb" (to the tune of "O Little Town … [Read More...]

Just Because You Missed the Wave …

In a recent piece on CNN.com, Nina Burleigh reveals that she’s pretty ignorant about the history of feminism:  “Historians could look back on this year as the beginning of feminism’s third wave.”This year – you mean 1995, or something leading up to it, right?No. She means 2014. THIS year.There are several problems with this claim.First, for an accomplished writer, she hasn’t read mu … [Read More...]

Casting Off White Invisibility

In a piece for Salon last week, Brittney Cooper wrote about her ongoing struggle with rage and frustration in the wake of the Ferguson nonindictment: “I woke up in black skin this morning. Frustrated, because for the first time in a long time, I felt the weight, the scourge of this skin. Had visions of being able to unzip myself, climb out of myself, and lay aside this weight, but the woman who c … [Read More...]

“To Welcome The Stranger”

The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released the following statement about President Barack Obama's executive action related to immigration and deportation this week:As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth.The tr … [Read More...]

Band Aid 30: Colonial Christmas Is Back!

That’s right. Your 24/7 Christmas music playlists and stations are likely to have the Band Aid 30 updated version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in full rotation this season, topping sales charts with the charitable intent of raising money to help fight the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.Cathleen Falsani has written over at her Patheos blog about how the original song and Live Aid concert in … [Read More...]

Band Aid 30: Colonial Christmas Is Back!

That’s right. Your 24/7 Christmas music playlists and stations are likely to have the Band Aid 30 updated version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in full rotation this season, topping sales charts with the charitable intent of raising money to help fight the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.Cathleen Falsani has written over at her Patheos blog about how the original song and Live Aid concert in … [Read More...]

Feminist Scholarship & Pedagogies at #NWSA2014

I’ve escaped the cold blast hitting the Midwest this week by heading to the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Today, I am spending time in a workshop for Program Administrators and Developers, as a former chair and founding member of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program at Illinois College.  I’m looking forward to spending time with other collea … [Read More...]

“When Two People Love Each Other, What Right Do I Have…?”

Marriage equality has come to Idaho.  Idaho! Of course the big news is the fact that gay and lesbian Americans now have the right to marry in 32 states, a majority for the first time in U.S. history.But I have a small story to share about one place, one courthouse.My husband grew up in American Falls, Idaho, which is in Power County in the southeastern part of the state.  The population o … [Read More...]

Books, Vocation, & Education

It happens regularly … a student comes into my office, stops and looks around, says:  “So many books!” I usually smile, and say, “of course … it’s my job.” That’s only partially true, of course, since as a college professor, the students are my job. Actually, introducing the students to the books is most precisely my job. If I can make that a long-lasting relationship, I count it a job well done. … [Read More...]

Be Afraid

I’ve never understood the appeal of haunted houses or roller coasters or scary movies. I don’t enjoy being afraid and can’t imagine how it can be a form of entertainment. I vividly remember being terrified at haunted houses as a child, and demanding at one that they let me out before the end because it was not fun. It made me cry. I felt awful. People like this kind of thing?As a grown-up, of c … [Read More...]


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