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“Christians Get In Jacked-Up Situations, Too”

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and hearing from Dr. Willie Parker as part of my involvement with the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Parker is one of only two physicians providing abortion services in the state of Mississippi, travelling there on a regular basis to provide women with comprehensive healthcare.  He also advocates regularly for laws protecting women’s health in various statehouses and on Cap … [Read More...]

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Heteropatriarchy With A Twist

These are confusing times.How can there be such swift and progressive action state by state (Utah!  Indiana!  Oklahoma!) toward equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans at the same time as the shockingly regressive gender politics around contraception and women’s health care reaching all the way to the Supreme Court?Over at The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson proposed “Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning,” including feminism’s image problem, flawed language about c … [Read More...]

At the Intersections: Home, Hope, & Gaza

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 Fatima Alshantti, who was a student in my Women in Islam class last spring.  She is a sophomore majoring in Biology-Pre Nursing at Illinois College. She is a graduate of  Shohadaa' El Maghazi Secondary School(A) and grew up in Maghazi Camp in Gaza S … [Read More...]

It’s Just Church (with a response)

I wrote the following commentary which was published last week in my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, and picked up the following day by the Alton Telegraph.  A letter to the editor responding to it appeared this week … see it, along with my reply, below.Something new is happening in Jacksonville that is actually quite old.  Something radical is going on that is actually pre … [Read More...]

Vocation Enmeshed

This week I will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the final meeting of a group of scholars with whom I am working on a new volume dedicated to reflection on vocation in higher education.  I've written about this project before.  Here is an adapted piece of the chapter I will contribute, which first appeared on the community blog of the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in U … [Read More...]

Lutheran Theology 101

A few weeks ago, I was asked by blogger Tylor Standley to answer a few basic questions about the Lutheran tradition for a summer series he was planning. “Voices From the Branches” (clever title!) launched last week with a post on the Roman Catholic Tradition, continued this week with my post.  Here is an excerpt:Give us a brief introduction to the Lutheran tradition. How did it begin?For th … [Read More...]

“It Is Time.” Terry Tempest Williams’ Open Letter to LDS Church Leaders

I have written here before about ongoing Mormon feminist activism, including the day of action wherein hundreds of Mormon women stepped up to request admission to the Fall 2013 priesthood session of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I have also written about the work of Terry Tempest Williams.  This past Friday, Williams released this Open Letter to LDS church leaders in response t … [Read More...]

“It Is Time.” Terry Tempest Williams’ Open Letter to LDS Church Leaders

I have written here before about ongoing Mormon feminist activism, including the day of action wherein hundreds of Mormon women stepped up to request admission to the Fall 2013 priesthood session of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I have also written about the work of Terry Tempest Williams.  This past Friday, Williams released this Open Letter to LDS church leaders in response t … [Read More...]

The Fault in Our Religion

From time to time I feature guest posts from thoughtful people.  It seems appropriate that a reflection on the movie about young people, The Fault in Our Stars, come from a young woman who has already written so thoughtfully about love and loss.  Today’s post is from Linnea Peterson who is a 2014 graduate of Central High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota and plans to attend Luther College in Dec … [Read More...]

#YesAllWomen. Just Ask Us.

If we started telling the truth we might never stop.  And then what would happen?You’d know about the leering older men we worked with at our high school jobs.  The burly customers who mocked us for not knowing what “tuna taco” really meant.You’d know about the murky nights in college when we couldn’t really consent to any of it.You’d know about how ludicrous it is when two men should “ … [Read More...]

Summer Shelfie

Last week, I shared a few reflections on two books that started my summer reading list.  I also offered a list of suggestions for a feminist theological summer education.  Here, then, is the rest of one pile of books awaiting my attention.Summer = Reading. … [Read More...]

The Cross & Gendercide: The Problem is Still Patriarchy

Once I determined who the audience of Elizabeth Gerhardt’s The Cross and Gendercide is, I got it.  She’s writing to those Christian churches who have, for whatever reason, eschewed their responsibility for responding to the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.  She provides a deeply theological and cruciform argument requiring their immediate attention.  I hope they pay attent … [Read More...]


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