Honorable Mention: Justice for Women

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The denomination to which I belong, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has a constitutional mandate informing its Justice for Women program: to work to enable this church to realize the full participation of women, to create equal opportunity for women of all cultures, to foster partnership between men and women, to assist this church [Read More...]

Reproductive Justice & Prayer

  As the election comes closer, and as voting is underway in many places, I continue to provide this resource for all those working for reproductive justice.  This week’s prayers include work on behalf of survivors of violence, attention to gender identity, and support for women in the military. 40 Days of Prayer to Stop [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: The Lilly Fellows Program

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This week, I’m at the Lilly Fellows Program National Network Conference at the University of Indianapolis, and at the meeting of the LFP’s National Network Board, on which I serve. The LFP has been an integral part of my own development as a teacher and scholar, providing resources and community that informed my sense of [Read More...]

Presidential Faith: When Difference Matters

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Does a candidate’s faith matter? Judging from voters in recent years, and in the 2012 election cycle, the answer is yes, especially if you think it’s sufficiently different. Last year, over at TheReligiousLeft.org, I was inspired by a question from a former student: “So I was trying to remember what we talked about in class [Read More...]

The Many Gifts of Faitheist

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Chris Stedman has written the book I didn’t know I needed to read after finishing Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion.  After discussing Sam Harris’s Letter to a Christian Nation.  After considering Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great (still sitting on my living room table … waiting).  After watching Bill Maher’s documentary Religulous. Because when I [Read More...]

When the Personal Becomes Political

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I wrote about the religious element of Joe Biden’s response to Martha Raddatz’s question about abortion last week. In a great post this week over at Feministing, Mimi Arbeit breaks down four possible answers to the question, pointing out that Biden used the first three: (See video, transcript.) Many others have expressed frustration with Raddatz [Read More...]

Race Still Matters. Religion … Maybe.

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Results of the Millennial Values and Voter Engagement survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute in early October indicate at least one thing:  the racial divide remains.  It also indicates that Barack Obama’s support is stronger among younger voters who are Catholic, minority Protestant, and religiously unaffiliated.  For a variety of reasons, I suspect, [Read More...]

Pro-Choice Prayer Is About Justice

This is the third set of prayers for women, men, and families seeking reproductive justice. 40 Days of Prayer to Stop the War on Women is a campaign by Faith Aloud, with a prayer a day beginning September 28 and leading up to the election. “Faith Aloud is a movement to give spiritual support to [Read More...]

Joe Biden, Catholic for Choice

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In the words of Vice President Joe Biden, from the transcript of the 10/11/12 Vice Presidential Debate: My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And it has particularly informed my social doctrine. Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who — who can’t take care [Read More...]

The Myth of Male Religious Power?

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Stephanie Coontz is spot-on in her analysis of “The Myth of Male Decline” in the September 29 New York Times: Several of the authors of [recent] books posit that we are on the verge of a “new majority of female breadwinners,” where middle-class wives lord over their husbands while demoralized single men take refuge in [Read More...]


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