Summer Shelfie

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Last week, I shared a few reflections on two books that started my summer reading list.  I also offered a list of suggestions for a feminist theological summer education.  Here, then, is the rest of one pile of books awaiting my attention. Summer = Reading. [Read more...]

The Cross & Gendercide: The Problem is Still Patriarchy

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Once I determined who the audience of Elizabeth Gerhardt’s The Cross and Gendercide is, I got it.  She’s writing to those Christian churches who have, for whatever reason, eschewed their responsibility for responding to the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.  She provides a deeply theological and cruciform argument requiring their immediate attention.  [Read More...]

#ReadingHannah :: A Lutheran-ish Sacramental Novel

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The twinning of life and death starts early in Hannah, Delivered, the new novel by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, and weaves its way throughout the story.  It’s an obvious theme for a novel that begins with the protagonist’s mother’s death and Hannah’s subsequent swim in the comforting waters of a local lake, leading right into a [Read More...]

Your Summer (Feminist) (Theological) Reading List

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I received an email query this weekend that read, in part: I’m looking for some guidance as to what an almost Lutheran pastor with a strong feminist heart should read to grow my understanding of feminism and feminist theology. Here is my response: What a lovely description, “a strong feminist heart.”  Because that is surely [Read More...]

Religious Freedom … Really (UCC edition)

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I’ve written before about the problems with so many claims of protecting “religious freedom” in recent reproductive justice debates.  On the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom (and against contraception) I noted that: We don’t have to compare apples and oranges to make the point that the religious freedom the USCCB seeks to [Read More...]

This Week in Religious Freedom & Healthcare

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This picture of me shouldn’t be revolutionary.  And yet … Here is a great 90 second summary of what is at stake this week when lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue before the Supreme Court that your boss should get to determine what preventative health care you receive: Here is a round-up [Read More...]

Women, Race, & Ministry: Streams Run Uphill

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“I wonder if people in the church have any idea how much pain we inflict upon people who are guilty of nothing other than answering God’s call to ministry?” This musing from Marvin McMickle’s foreword to Streams Run Uphill could be applied to so many situations today including the ordained ministry of women as well [Read More...]

Who Are You? On Quizzes, Divergence, & Vocation

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I finished reading Veronica Roth’s dystopian young adult novel Divergent in time for the film’s release later this month, at a time when it seems that those BuzzFeed and Zimbio quizzes are reaching a fevered pitch on my social media feeds:  Which Downton Abbey character are you? Which state should you live in?  What decade [Read More...]

Jesus Feminist: Beyond Patriarchy & Proof-texting

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Sarah Bessey drew me into her book Jesus Feminist with a first page promise of conversation over good red wine around a fire-pit on the beach.  I’m in. I really decided to take it seriously after she said on page 14 that “Patriarchy is not God’s dream for humanity.”  Yes.  Let’s talk about that. And [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Real Spirituality for Real Life

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Several people who I know and like a lot are collaborating on a new project called Real Spirituality for Real Life.  Here’s how they describe it: We have experience as leaders in church ministries and teaching in colleges, universities and seminaries.  We love what we do.  We are committed to sharing a faith and makes [Read More...]


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