“… and I Would Like to Listen”

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On Saturday, October 5, 2013, two church bodies faced significant moments in the history of their inclusion of women.  Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was installed as the first woman presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, something I’ve already written about.  And on this same past Saturday in Salt Lake City, Mormon women held [Read More...]

It’s My Birthday! … & Other Awareness Events

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October seems to be full of things of which you should be aware, only one of which is my birthday today.  Here are a few others that you should check out: Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15):  Have you been watching Latino Americans on PBS?  Check it out … I have it DVR’d.  [Read More...]

Apply Now: Faith & Reproductive Justice Institute

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If 2012 taught us anything, it was that the conservative forces seeking to deny women and families access to basic reproductive healthcare are not going away.  It was also that they continue to use their brand of religions to justify their threats to women’s heath. You can be a voice of reason in the mess.  [Read More...]

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...]

Transitioning in Christian Community: H. Adam Ackley & APU

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The story of H. Adam Ackley has caught a significant amount of media attention in recent weeks, as noted over at Theoblogy, and at greater length at the Religion News Service website.  In short, A California Christian university has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy to leave after he [Read More...]

Subservient or Subversive, The Butler Works in a Man’s World

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I resisted seeing The Butler.  After the mess that was The Help, here came yet another movie valorizing the black domestic.  Yes, this time it would have the sweep of history and the he-was-there-for-it-all thing going on, featuring an Oscar-bait cast.  But really, did I have to reward another portrayal of subservient roles that a [Read More...]

Race, Class, & J.K. Rowling

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I finally got a chance to read The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s first published non-Harry Potter book, and I’m trying to remember why it got lackluster reviews.  But I don’t want to go back and read any of them because I found it captivating. Maybe it was too soon on the heels of Hogwarts, or [Read More...]

Sexism & Churches: A Twitterview with Sarah Sentilles

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I happened upon the book, A Church of Her Own, last spring on a colleague’s bookshelf, and immediately decided to add it to the reading list for my seminar on Sex and God.  Specifically, the first week that we spend talking about women’s ordination in Christian traditions.  After working through John Wijngaards’ careful study of [Read More...]

Laboring For Justice

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Jamilah King over at Colorlines has a great post this Labor Day weekend, beginning with a note about struggles for economic justice today: “Across the United States, thousands of fast food workers have walked off the job and staged strikes for higher wages. Service work—one of the fastest growing sectors of the job market—is tough to [Read More...]

“Challenge Our Labor to Set People Free”

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Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Pictured here is Daisy Bates, “the only female organizer who spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.”  The commemoration this year has turned a lot of people’s attention to the ongoing work for justice, jobs, and freedom.  It also [Read More...]


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