It’s Just Church (with a response)

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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 [Read More...]

Vocation Enmeshed

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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 [Read More...]

Lutheran Theology 101

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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: [Read More...]

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

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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 [Read More...]

The Fault in Our Religion

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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 [Read More...]

#YesAllWomen. Just Ask Us.

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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 [Read More...]

Summer Shelfie

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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

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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.  [Read More...]

#ReadingHannah :: A Lutheran-ish Sacramental Novel

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The twinning of life and death starts early in Hannah, Delivered, the new novel by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, and weaves its way throughout the story.  It’s an obvious theme for a novel that begins with the protagonist’s mother’s death and Hannah’s subsequent swim in the comforting waters of a local lake, leading right into a [Read More...]

Your Summer (Feminist) (Theological) Reading List

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I received an email query this weekend that read, in part: I’m looking for some guidance as to what an almost Lutheran pastor with a strong feminist heart should read to grow my understanding of feminism and feminist theology. Here is my response: What a lovely description, “a strong feminist heart.”  Because that is surely [Read More...]


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