Pluralism, Marriage, & Religious Freedom

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The following is an excerpt from a commentary I wrote for my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, published last week.  The picture to the right is a historic one of our actual intersection of Church and State streets.  This commentary brings together the ongoing struggles for marriage equality in the state of Illinois with some [Read More...]

Fall Back Into School ~ Your Reading List

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Fall semester classes start this week, so I thought I’d share the list of books that I’m teaching and using with you.  They are all pictured here.  I’m teaching three classes this fall, a normal load where I work, that include contributions to our college’s first year experience, gender and women’s studies program, and religion [Read More...]

Who Are The Women?

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In the middle of a really good piece titled “The Reproductive Injustice and the ‘War on Women’ or, An Ode to the Intersections” Eesha Pandit at the Crunk Feminist Collective writes a stunningly important paragraph: Who, we must ask, are the “women” in the “war on women” that many feminist organizations are decrying? Are they [Read More...]

“We Showed Up” :: Millennials & Reproductive Justice

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Consider the masses of younger women who showed up at the Texas statehouse before and after Wendy Davis’ pink-shoed filibuster against a bill that would effect devastating restrictions to women’s healthcare.  Consider the online organizing carried out by women like Jessica Luther to feed and sustain those orange-shirted activists.  Consider the recent panel on Millennials [Read More...]

“Where is the Motherbody?”

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Many good things can be said about Terry Tempest Williams’ 1991 spiritual memoir, Refuge.  Its subtitle reveals that it is in part about the intimate connection between people and the natural world: “An Unnatural History of Family and Place.”  I’ve heard people talk about and praise this book over the decades since its release, and [Read More...]

Chastity Brings May Flowers?

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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...]

“Our Multiple, Messy, In-Process Selves”

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I first met Darcy Baxter several years ago at a Faith and Feminism conference at Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran in San Francisco, and have had the joy of getting to know more about her and her work through our participation in The Faith & Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. [Read More...]

Christian Is as Christian Does

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My colleague and fellow participant in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress, Rev. Matthew Westfox, has an excellent ‘open letter‘ to conservative Christians opposing the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act over at The Melissa Harris-Perry Show page. Here is an excerpt where he suggests that we all [Read More...]

Conscience & Change

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Mary Hunt makes some fantastic points in her reflection on the resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI. First, conscience is important for all Catholics: Conscience, Benedict reminds us today, is still primary for Catholics. Examination of conscience: that is just the formula millions of us use to explain why we use birth control, enjoy our [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Valentine’s Day

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Ms. Magazine offered this round-up of suggestions if you want to mark Valentine’s Day with feminist activism: As a feminist, how about joining a political campaign in honor of Valentine’s Day? Saint Valentine was arrested for marrying couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, so what better way to honor the day than to continue [Read More...]


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