Honorable Mention: The NALT Christians Project

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If you haven’t heard of it yet, check out this video introduction to The NALT Christians Project: I have some thoughts on this that I’ll post soon … appreciative as well as analytical. For now, here it is, what do you think?   [Read more...]

A Random Numbered List of Reasons Why I Hate Those Lists and Haven’t Posted Much Recently

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Starting a semester with three seminar classes full of energetic undergraduates. Including fifteen first-year students adjusting to college. With nineteen students learning about women’s studies via things like the Defined Lines feminist parody.  (It’s a #sexcrime …) The numbers on these lists are arbitrary and meaningless. Coordinating three local agencies hosting said first-year students doing service-learning. [Read More...]

Laboring For Justice

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Jamilah King over at Colorlines has a great post this Labor Day weekend, beginning with a note about struggles for economic justice today: “Across the United States, thousands of fast food workers have walked off the job and staged strikes for higher wages. Service work—one of the fastest growing sectors of the job market—is tough to [Read More...]

“Challenge Our Labor to Set People Free”

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Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Pictured here is Daisy Bates, “the only female organizer who spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.”  The commemoration this year has turned a lot of people’s attention to the ongoing work for justice, jobs, and freedom.  It also [Read More...]

Fall Back Into School ~ Your Reading List

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Fall semester classes start this week, so I thought I’d share the list of books that I’m teaching and using with you.  They are all pictured here.  I’m teaching three classes this fall, a normal load where I work, that include contributions to our college’s first year experience, gender and women’s studies program, and religion [Read More...]

“On the Basis of Sex”

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In another lifetime and in another state, I sat in a meeting with church leaders lamenting the declining number of young people in confirmation classes and other weekday church activities.  The reason for this declining youth participation in church, according to one old white man? Title IX. What? Yes, he said, quite convinced.  “Ever since [Read More...]

At the Intersection of Fruitvale & Clay

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The following is an excerpt of a piece I wrote that was published earlier this month in my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier: I left some flowers at the corner of Morton and Clay … just a few I’d picked from my garden and tied with a ribbon, laid on the corner next to a [Read More...]

On Feminist Pioneers & White People Getting Out of the Way

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made history today by electing the first woman to serve as its Presiding Bishop.  Rev. Elizabeth Eaton has served as bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA since 2006, and was ordained in 1981.  That was eleven years after the church began ordaining women in 1970. It [Read More...]

A Church Assembles

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is in the middle of its biennial (soon to be triennial) churchwide assembly in Pittsburgh this week.  It marks the 25th anniversary of the official formation of the ELCA from predecessor church bodies, and includes 952 voting members representing the more than four million baptized members of the national denomination. [Read More...]

At the Intersections: Response to Need

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Many good people live and work at the intersections … of feminism and Christianity, of ministry and justice, of religion and politics, of gender and society, of race and inequality, of everything and then some.  I’ve invited a few people to tell a story from their intersections, and will be sharing their stories from time [Read More...]


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