When Religious Freedom Only Protects Heteropatriarchy

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It’s not really religious freedom. Conservative politicians have been on a roll for the past couple of years coopting the idea of religious freedom, itself an important element of our pluralistic democracy.  The version they are trumpeting and carving into law, however, is anything but religious, free, pluralistic, or democratic.  Indiana’s new law is only [Read More...]

Vocation at the Intersection of Self & World

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Today I’m heading to St. Louis for the National Conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, NetVUE.  I’m particularly excited to hear Krista Tippett speak at one of the plenary sessions, she of the On Being podcast, radio show, blog, and general fabulousness.  I have written before about this conference, and my participation [Read More...]

At the Intersections: I Remember

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Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Leah Fortner, who is a senior at Illinois College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. She plans to move to Oregon and become a Child [Read More...]

Feminist Theology of the Cross and the Eucharist

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My first book, Coram Deo: Human Life in the Vision of God (Pickwick 2006), is newly available for Kindle starting this week.  It originated as my dissertation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  Here’s an excerpt: A commitment to feminist theological criticism grounds what I identify to be the problem of atonement as [Read More...]

For Damaged Girls

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“No matter your age, you have rights to your own body.” “Churches are a community, but your body is not community property.” “You, and only you, have the ability to say yes or no for yourself.” “Your feelings are valid: It’s OK to be who you are.” “You are loved.” Dianna Anderson is crystal clear [Read More...]

Faith Leaders Issue Statement Opposing 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

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I have written here before about my involvement in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress, and have written to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in previous years. Today, I am proud to be one of the signers of a public statement opposing legislation in the House of Representatives [Read More...]

Nonconformity, Anger, Hope: A Genealogy of Words for MLK Day 2015

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This morning, I participated in a Speak-In on campus during which faculty, staff, and students read and heard the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was an important way to mark the day, and to start a new semester. The complete list of readings is pictured here. I chose to edit the words [Read More...]

Feminist or Faithful? Big Eyes and a Woman’s True Awakening

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Some people have written about how Tim Burton’s film, Big Eyes, portrays the feminist journey of Margaret Keane, played by Amy Adams. Yet no one is talking much about the role of religion in her tale of eventual empowerment. I certainly think there are feminist critiques of patriarchy embedded in the film. From the voiceover narration [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part three

I first shared this post in December 2012 … here it is again for your Christmas enjoyment: My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others. Today, “Welcome Our Sister-Brother [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part two

I first shared this post in December 2012 … here it is again for your holiday enjoyment: My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others. Today, “Sound Forth the [Read More...]


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