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When Religious Freedom Only Protects Heteropatriarchy

It’s not really religious freedom.Conservative politicians have been on a roll for the past couple of years coopting the idea of religious freedom, itself an important element of our pluralistic democracy.  The version they are trumpeting and carving into law, however, is anything but religious, free, pluralistic, or democratic.  Indiana’s new law is only the most recent example of what has been made more possible by the terrible Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United and Hobby Lobby … [Read More...]

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Vocation at the Intersection of Self & World

Today I’m heading to St. Louis for the National Conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, NetVUE.  I’m particularly excited to hear Krista Tippett speak at one of the plenary sessions, she of the On Being podcast, radio show, blog, and general fabulousness.  I have written before about this conference, and my participation over the past two years in a collaborative group of faculty and staff writing a new book that we finally get to talk about in some detail at this confe … [Read More...]

At the Intersections: A Quota of Home, A Colonized Name

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 Nisreen Zaqout, who is a junior at Illinois College majoring in Gender and Women's Studies and Economics. After graduating, she plans to work on a graduate degree in Gender Studies focusing on the Middle East. Nisreen wants to pursue a career that en … [Read More...]

At the Intersections: I Remember

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 Leah Fortner, who is a senior at Illinois College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. She plans to move to Oregon and become a Child & Family Psychologist after graduation and currently spends most of her time … [Read More...]

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, Br … [Read More...]

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 bet … [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...]

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...]


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