Pentecost Happened

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This Sunday, Christians celebrate Pentecost.  As a liturgical moment, it marks the arrival of the Spirit and enlivening of the community of gathered Jesus-as-Christ-believers, described in Acts 2.  As a vocabulary word in my introduction to Christianity course, it means “fiftieth” day since Passover.  This is important because that gathered community, still perhaps reeling from [Read More...]

Yes, College is Worth It: Justice, Opportunity, & ‘the practice of freedom’

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The following is a set of remarks I delivered yesterday, graduation day, as part of a campus Celebration of Justice and Opportunity at Illinois College.  The Celebration was organized by students as an alternate to the College’s official baccalaureate. Normally, on a Sunday morning, I am doing one of two things:  going to church, or [Read More...]

Mama’s Day & “The Balance of Justice”

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The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations describes the Mama’s Day movement and it’s connection to Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. This history reminds us that Mother’s Day is more than a day for flowers and pancakes. It’s a time to highlight the aspects [Read More...]

“Come Now, O Wisdom”

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Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton has shared a new resource for those interested in more inclusive and justice oriented sacred music, this one with new words set to another familiar Christian hymn (“Lord of all hopefulness / Lord of all joy”) written by a woman, Jan Struther, who incidentally is most well-known for creating the character Mrs. [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: “I’m A Mormon Feminist”

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Because saying it matters almost as much as being it, cheers to the women and men claiming their religion alongside their feminist commitments over at “I’m A Mormon Feminist.” Here are a few of the great images you’ll find there:   What is a Mormon feminist?  Here’s one answer: “Simply put, feminists want equality for [Read More...]

Open Letter to a Bishop

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“If you could have me read one article, what would it be? … Basically, what do you know that I should know?” One article!  One article?  Well, that’s the first challenge.  Ask any college professor for one reading recommendation, and you’re likely to get more than you bargained for.  However, I know that the work [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...]

“Why Guys Throw Bombs”

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In an interview this week with National Public Radio, Mohamed Elibiary described the kind of young disillusioned Muslims that he encounters in his security consulting work: “I have never seen a female example here in the homegrown sphere here in the United States. There might’ve been a case but I haven’t read any literature or [Read More...]

Who Needs A Day of Silence?

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Today is the National Day of Silence, “a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.”  It is organized and promoted by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) a “leading national [Read More...]

God-talk 101: Shug & Celie

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I’m teaching The Color Purple this month in Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies.  Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel reflects and encapsulates so many of the issues we have been learning about and discussing throughout the semester, from the intersection of race, class, and gender, to the pervasiveness of violence against women, to [Read More...]


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