Interview: The Grace & The Mess


Sally Steenland, Director of the Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, interviewed me recently as part of our work on Faith & Reproductive Justice this year.  The transcript, as well as the audio podcast, are available on the CAP website. Here is a sample: SS: Let me ask you another [Read More...]

Election Day 2012 Round-Up


Finally!  Time to vote (if you aren’t among the very many who have done so already).  I decided to round-up a list of the pieces I’ve written over the past few months that most pertain to the election today. First, responses to the four Patheos Election Month questions.  This was a great series, generating a [Read More...]

Why Women (and anyone who knows them) Must Vote


Mother Jones has a great graphic round-up of reasons that women need to vote November 6.  (If they haven’t already, that is … I’m struck this year at how old-school it sounds to get out the vote on election day itself, with the overwhelming turnout for early voting all around the country!) A few highlights: [Read More...]

Reproductive Justice & Prayer. Just The Beginning

This is the last in my series of posts on prayers centered around reproductive justice issues.  It’s time to vote, to act, to speak, to write, to tell your story, and to make justice real. 40 Days of Prayer to Stop the War on Women is a campaign by Faith Aloud, with a prayer a [Read More...]

David Frum (Surprisingly?) Gets it Right on Abortion


Perhaps because he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, I don’t often expect to agree with David Frum. However, in his latest piece over at, he “gets real” about abortion and I think gets it right.  As most activists for protecting access to safe and legal abortion as an issue of women’s health [Read More...]

Barack Obama, Once More


For whom will you vote for President, and why? I intend to vote for Barack Obama for president because he has done and said many things that matter to me.  His commitments reflect mine, and his accomplishments have improved the lives of millions of Americans. Here is the beginning of a list: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act The [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...]

Poverty & Our Shared Humanity


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...]

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...]

When the Personal Becomes Political


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...]