About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“Blessing Every Love Relation”:: A Pride Month Hymn

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As a conclusion to a remarkable Pride Month, I’m delighted to share “Praise the Source of All Creation,” a hymn written by Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton “in celebration of marriage equality and with the hope that justice and love will keep moving from the courts to the hearts of all people everywhere.”  The hymn was written [Read More...]

#Charleston :: Round-Up of Lutheran Voices & Resources

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On June 18, 2015, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton wrote: “It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this … the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that [Read More...]

“Holy Impatience” : LGBT Pride Month Litany

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The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) regularly publishes rituals written by Diann Neu to honor seasons and events, and this month shares her litany of gratitude in honor of LGBT Pride Month.  I encourage you to use it at events, share with friends, pass on to faithful friends and allies.  Here are some [Read More...]

On Tim Hunt, the Doktorvater & #distractinglysexy Women

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Nobel prize winning biochemist Tim Hunt recently made headlines with his comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.” [Read More...]

The Printing Press is Dead. So Buy My Luther Book on Kindle!

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I’ve written here before about events leading up to Lutherans’ commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the Ninety-Five Theses for debate and discussion in Wittenberg, Germany. In a recent conversation about this anniversary, a colleague pointed out that among the many things we ought to be reflecting on that have (and have [Read More...]

Jesus is Not a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card: Christian Privilege & the Duggars

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In her interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Megyn Kelly encouraged the idea that their Christian beliefs were part of the reason that they were being targeted and persecuted. [Megyn Kelly: ]“Do you think that the backlash against the Duggars has been greater because people object to who you are and what you stand [Read More...]

Bridging Evangelical Christianity & Feminism with #Femmevangelical

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The latest dispatch from a woman emerging out from under evangelical Christianity is now available. It’s another lifeline for women who are trying mightily to hang on to a Christian faith while bumping up against patriarchal limits on their humanity. I’ve written before about Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist and Dianna E. Anderson’s Damaged Goods, and [Read More...]

At the Intersections: #BlackLivesMatter Vigils & the (white) Privilege of Growing Up

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Many good people live and work at the intersections and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Linnea Peterson is a first-year student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she is majoring in Economics and English. She wrote for this blog last summer about the film The Fault in Our [Read More...]

Freedom & Renewal: Lutherans at 500

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In case you aren’t hanging around enough Lutherans and Lutheran institutions, I thought I’d let you know that 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of what is widely noted as a watershed moment of the Reformation … Martin Luther’s posting of his Ninety-Five Theses (actually, his Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences, to [Read More...]

Summer Reading List from a Lutheran Roundtable

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I recently attended a meeting of the Theological Roundtable of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a network of groups of theologians, scholars, activists, and clergy working in various positions around the country.  As part of our introductory session, the chair of the meeting asked each person to recommend a book … something from each [Read More...]


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