“Come Now, O Wisdom”

Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton has shared a new resource for those interested in more inclusive and justice oriented sacred music, this one with new words set to another familiar Christian hymn (“Lord of all hopefulness / Lord of all joy”) written by a woman, Jan Struther, who incidentally is most well-known for creating the character Mrs. [Read More…]

Honorable Mention: “I’m A Mormon Feminist”

Because saying it matters almost as much as being it, cheers to the women and men claiming their religion alongside their feminist commitments over at “I’m A Mormon Feminist.” Here are a few of the great images you’ll find there:   What is a Mormon feminist?  Here’s one answer: “Simply put, feminists want equality for [Read More…]

Open Letter to a Bishop

“If you could have me read one article, what would it be? … Basically, what do you know that I should know?” One article!  One article?  Well, that’s the first challenge.  Ask any college professor for one reading recommendation, and you’re likely to get more than you bargained for.  However, I know that the work [Read More…]

Chastity Brings May Flowers?

Well, that’s not exactly what I learned about how the bright spring blooms take hold. Then again, this isn’t exactly a view of sex and God’s plan that I was taught either: Where to even begin?  There’s so much wrong with this image, and that only begins with casting as evil some of the very [Read More…]

Macklemore’s Theology of “Same Love”

Of course, by the time I got around to watching Macklemore’s Same Love video at the urging of my students, I was informed by others that they were already “over” Macklemore (especially because this thing called Thrift Shop …).  That generation gap just gets bigger every year. As described in a Huffington Post article, the song [Read More…]

Interfaith Action: Faiths Against Hate

The Council that convenes the Parliament of the World’s Religions issued an interfaith call for action on Tuesday, the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, highlighting their Faiths Against Hate initiative: We honor the runners whose beautiful journeys, many in tribute to the slain of Sandy Hook Elementary, were robbed of their triumphant finish. Their [Read More…]

God-talk 101: Shug & Celie

I’m teaching The Color Purple this month in Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies.  Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel reflects and encapsulates so many of the issues we have been learning about and discussing throughout the semester, from the intersection of race, class, and gender, to the pervasiveness of violence against women, to [Read More…]

Sexual Violence & Christianity: Resources for Action

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center describes this as a time “to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.” There are so many ways to do this.  Here are a few things from my small-town world: 1)      [Read More…]

Another Way Forward: Secular Students & a Lutheran College

I’ve written here before about what it might mean to be a person of faith and an atheist ally.  It’s something that not enough Christians talk about.  Growing out of this work, I’ll be part of a panel at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore this coming November talking about negotiating Christian privilege, [Read More…]

Top Three Posts in March

The three most viewed posts here at feminismxianity in March 2013 were: I Don’t Care if Jesus Was a Feminist Failing Easter What Sexual Terrorism Looks Like The first two were substantial feminist theological pieces that even made it to the ‘most viewed’ sidebar here on the blog.  It might be the case, as a [Read More…]