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…]

Feminism & Christianity, ‘Changing Church’

Over at her Changing Church blog, Jann Aldredge-Clanton regularly shares new hymns and profiles leaders in a variety of Christian communities.  I’ve shared recordings of her music as well as her profile of Rev. Alice Martin, and should also note that Jann’s is one of the stories included in Lana Dalberg’s new book Birthing God, [Read More…]

At the Intersections: Renewing Life

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…]

“Christ-Sophia Has Risen”

Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton offers us new words to sing to a familiar Christian tune (I know it best as “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation …”) this Easter morning, here performed by the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Jann describes the inspiration for these new words: “Christ-Sophia” is [Read More…]

Honorable Mention: Resisting Structural Evil

It seems fitting to Good Friday for me to share a bit about a new book by my friend and colleague Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda: Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation.  Good Friday, to me, puts Christians squarely at the intersection of the real power of death and destruction in the world, and the hope [Read More…]

Me & Oz

The following is an excerpt from a piece that my husband, Mark Schelske, wrote over at Fantasy Matters last week.  It’s his take on why I love The Wizard of Oz, and he makes a connection between that love and my second book, Two Reformers. In sum, Caryn’s book compares a 20th century feminist academic, [Read More…]

Midwife Divine

Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton has shared a new recording of her song “Midwife Divine Now Calls Us,” performed by the choir at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.  This, and other wonderful compositions, are available in her book Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians. About the song, Jann writes: “One of the Divine Feminine names [Read More…]


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