Planned Parenthood Would Serve Mary

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After dismissing the edited videos that pretend to catch Planned Parenthood staffers in a compromising position, Jay Michaelson takes on the issue of fetal tissue donation and points out: “Nearly 20 years ago, the Conservative movement, then the largest movement in American Judaism, ruled that not only is organ donation permitted — it is religiously required. The [Read More...]

Some Good News in Religious Higher Ed

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Over at Religion News Service, Eliel Cruz highlights three Christian colleges who have recently taken steps to be more inclusive of LGBT employees: “Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Hope College have amended their policies to include employees in committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships. … These changes affect the schools’ nondiscrimination hiring policies, which now lists sexual orientation and, [Read More...]

With Christian Privilege, You Already Have Religious Freedom

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Deny other people rights to (your concept of) the afterlife all you want. But you can’t deny legally decided rights in this life and get away with it. Now that marriage laws protect everyone in the U.S., regardless of gender, the opposition has shifted the force of its energy to what they call protecting religious [Read More...]

“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...]

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...]


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