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At the Intersections: On Being Black and Queer at a Black Baptist Church

Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Brittany Spaulding, a Chicagoan who will graduate from Illinois College this May.  Brittany looks forward to starting work on her MFA in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago in the fall.  She is a Chihuahua enthusiast. When she’s not writing poetry, Brittany spends her free time volunteering at a local animal shelter.  I travelled with Brittany and s … [Read More...]

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Feminist Theology of the Cross and the Eucharist

My first book, Coram Deo: Human Life in the Vision of God (Pickwick 2006), is newly available for Kindle starting this week.  It originated as my dissertation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  Here’s an excerpt: A commitment to feminist theological criticism grounds what I identify to be the problem of atonement as it presumes and presents and understanding of the relationship between God and the human being, and establishes a basis for a theology of the eucharist.  The problem lie … [Read More...]

A Feminist Religion Professor’s Valentine’s Weekend

What’s a great way to spend a heteronormative greeting-card holiday? At conference for gay and lesbian college student activists? Yesss! A couple of years ago, it so happened that I was teaching an essay by bell hooks on the patriarchal construct of romantic love on February 14. A key idea in "Romance: Sweet Love" is that the phrase "falling in love" is a big part of the problem. It seemed pretty a … [Read More...]

Disciplining the Spirit With Jack Levison

One of the richest, most complicated, and ineffable topics in theology is the Spirit. Some Christians call it the Holy Ghost, though I much prefer the Hebrew term ruach. Breath. Wind. Air. When I have the opportunity to do a little Hebrew vocabulary with my students, I have them hold one hand in front of their mouth, and say the word out loud, drawing out the uuuu and the ccchhh sounds.Try it. … [Read More...]

For Damaged Girls

“No matter your age, you have rights to your own body.”“Churches are a community, but your body is not community property.”“You, and only you, have the ability to say yes or no for yourself.”“Your feelings are valid: It’s OK to be who you are.”“You are loved.” Dianna Anderson is crystal clear about who the reader of her new book, Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity, … [Read More...]

Faith Leaders Issue Statement Opposing 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

I have written here before about my involvement in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress, and have written to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in previous years.Today, I am proud to be one of the signers of a public statement opposing legislation in the House of Representatives that would ban abortion at 20 weeks’ gestation. The bi … [Read More...]

Nonconformity, Anger, Hope: A Genealogy of Words for MLK Day 2015

This morning, I participated in a Speak-In on campus during which faculty, staff, and students read and heard the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was an important way to mark the day, and to start a new semester. The complete list of readings is pictured here. I chose to edit the words of Dr. King together with the words of Audre Lorde and Dr. Brittney Cooper (@ProfessorCrunk for those in … [Read More...]

Nonconformity, Anger, Hope: A Genealogy of Words for MLK Day 2015

This morning, I participated in a Speak-In on campus during which faculty, staff, and students read and heard the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was an important way to mark the day, and to start a new semester. The complete list of readings is pictured here. I chose to edit the words of Dr. King together with the words of Audre Lorde and Dr. Brittney Cooper (@ProfessorCrunk for those in … [Read More...]

Feminist or Faithful? Big Eyes and a Woman’s True Awakening

Some people have written about how Tim Burton’s film, Big Eyes, portrays the feminist journey of Margaret Keane, played by Amy Adams. Yet no one is talking much about the role of religion in her tale of eventual empowerment.I certainly think there are feminist critiques of patriarchy embedded in the film. From the voiceover narration of Margaret fleeing her first marriage with nothing more th … [Read More...]

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 … [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 … [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...]


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