Who Are You? On Quizzes, Divergence, & Vocation

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I finished reading Veronica Roth’s dystopian young adult novel Divergent in time for the film’s release later this month, at a time when it seems that those BuzzFeed and Zimbio quizzes are reaching a fevered pitch on my social media feeds:  Which Downton Abbey character are you? Which state should you live in?  What decade [Read More...]

Jesus Feminist: Beyond Patriarchy & Proof-texting

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Sarah Bessey drew me into her book Jesus Feminist with a first page promise of conversation over good red wine around a fire-pit on the beach.  I’m in. I really decided to take it seriously after she said on page 14 that “Patriarchy is not God’s dream for humanity.”  Yes.  Let’s talk about that. And [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Real Spirituality for Real Life

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Several people who I know and like a lot are collaborating on a new project called Real Spirituality for Real Life.  Here’s how they describe it: We have experience as leaders in church ministries and teaching in colleges, universities and seminaries.  We love what we do.  We are committed to sharing a faith and makes [Read More...]

Religious Freedom … For Bosses Only?

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On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear two cases in which the argument will be made that your boss’s beliefs should determine your access to healthcare. Sounds preposterous, right? And yet, that’s what the lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue.  That a boss’ religious freedom trumps an employee’s religious freedom.  That [Read More...]

Of Course Barbie

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Of course Barbie is in the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue and on a promotional cover wrap. Let’s just stop pretending that the male gaze cares at all for the flesh and blood women with brains, hearts, and ambitions it regularly features. They gave up on actually featuring swimsuits years ago. The voyeurs [Read More...]

Dear Feminism, Let’s Talk About Religion

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Gloria Steinem is right.  We have to talk about religion more.  When asked at the MAKERS Conference this week “What do you think the biggest problem with feminism today is?” she responded: Anti-feminism [laughs]. The work that women do is given no economic value whatsoever. We could go on about that. But we all know [Read More...]

Moving Justice Forward: VDay 2014?

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Rehearsals for The Vagina Monologues have begun on my campus again this year and I have a lot of jumbled thoughts and reactions to taking the stage with students once again.  Things I want the students to know, things I want the world to know, things I want to remember. When the brave first group [Read More...]

Black Masculinity & Oscar

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The two movies I wrote about here last year, Fruitvale Station and The Butler, were inexplicably shut out of the Academy Award nominations this year.  The Butler has received some nominations and acknowledgement by other awarding organizations like the Screen Actors Guild, and Michael B. Jordan has received much critical praise for his performance in [Read More...]

Vocation Winter Camp

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“It’s always hard when your parents have one vocation for you and you find that you have another.” I’m pretty sure that the shuttle van driver who took me back to the Grand Rapids airport last summer had no idea how perfectly his comment fit with everything I had been reading, writing, and talking about [Read More...]

“Our Mother …”

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Many arguments for male-exclusive language for God insist that use of female images and names for God is a modern radical feminist plot to overthrow the church.  To the contrary, scripture and the Christian tradition are full of such images that have simply been crowded out by the dominance of patriarchal views of God. Rev. [Read More...]


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