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…]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part one

I first shared this post in December 2012 … here it is again for your Advent pleasure: 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. Up first, today, “O [Read More…]

Just Because You Missed the Wave …

In a recent piece on CNN.com, Nina Burleigh reveals that she’s pretty ignorant about the history of feminism:  “Historians could look back on this year as the beginning of feminism’s third wave.” This year – you mean 1995, or something leading up to it, right? No. She means 2014. THIS year. There are several problems [Read More…]

Feminist Scholarship & Pedagogies at #NWSA2014

I’ve escaped the cold blast hitting the Midwest this week by heading to the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Today, I am spending time in a workshop for Program Administrators and Developers, as a former chair and founding member of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program at Illinois College.  [Read More…]

At The Intersections: Justice & the Divine Female

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 Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, whose musical work I have shared on this blog from time to time over the years. Jann is an ordained minister, author, teacher, and chaplain. She currently serves [Read More…]

Called to Act for Peace

I read former President Jimmy Carter’s latest book this summer in preparation for today. The 90-year-old is speaking on my campus today alongside Khalaf Al Habtoor, a major benefactor of the college, and former U.S. Representative from Jacksonville, Illinois, Paul Findley. A major campus initiative titled Pathways to Peace is being announced, and the college’s [Read More…]

Honorable Mention: Father Roy Bourgeois

Father Roy Bourgeois is speaking on my campus tonight, and I’m thrilled to be having dinner with him before the event.  The event tonight and one tomorrow in Springfield, Illinois, are being co-sponsored by Call to Action, the college, Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community, a new church in town I [Read More…]

Reproductive (in)Justice in Jacksonville

I wrote this piece in response to events in the Illinois town where I live, and it was first published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier on September 10, 2014: Abandonment used to be a regular form of family planning — leaving a newborn out in the elements where she or he would likely die from exposure [Read More…]

postChristian & the Sin of postFeminism

In his newest book, postChristian, fellow Patheos blogger Christian Piatt takes up some important questions about Christianity in the 21st century:  Because Christianity “is not what it should be, what it claims to be,” Piatt asks:  What’s left?  Can we fix it?  Do we care?  He frames his reflections on these subtitle questions using seven [Read More…]

On (Re)Watching Sex & the City (all of it)

Over the span of six weeks this summer, mostly for fun, I re-watched every episode of the six seasons of Sex & the City (except the one where Miranda is fascinated with the guy in the hot dog suit because my DVD inexplicably won’t play that one!), followed by both movies.   Here are some [Read More…]


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