Happy Reformation Day!

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Just for fun, on this day that Protestants (oh who are we kidding, it’s mostly the Lutherans) mark the moment when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, “A Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” on the door at Wittenberg, I share the closing scene from my 2007 book, Two Reformers: Martin Luther and [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Sex, Gender, and Christianity

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Should women be priests? Should women submit to their husbands? Is premarital sex okay? These questions headline the promotional flyer for the new book Sex, Gender, and Christianity, edited by Priscilla Pope-Levison and Jack Levison, and they give you a sense of some of the topics and themes tackled in a set of essays that [Read More...]

Pro-Choice & Pro-Prayer

This resource is provided again this week for all those women and men out there who are pro-choice, pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-prayer.  They do exist. 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. [Read More...]

Just Watch Rachel Held Evans

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   One of my favorite lines from Rachel Held Evans’ interview on The Today Show this week, about her new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, comes toward the end: “As a person of faith, I love the Bible, and I hate seeing [Read More...]

If Only Mourdock Were Rare

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I wish that what Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said this week, that pregnancy as a result of rape is “something that God intended to happen,” was so rare and out of the ordinary that I had to write something new in order to respond thoughtfully to it. It’s not. Here’s some of what [Read More...]

Poverty & Our Shared Humanity

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What are the key issues for people of your tradition to consider as they approach this election? I stand in two traditions – Lutheranism and feminism – and answer this question from that multiplied perspective. First, in terms of key issues for people in the Lutheran (ELCA) tradition, I refer to words from Presiding Bishop [Read More...]

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...]


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