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...]

Fall Back Into School ~ Your Reading List

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Fall semester classes start this week, so I thought I’d share the list of books that I’m teaching and using with you.  They are all pictured here.  I’m teaching three classes this fall, a normal load where I work, that include contributions to our college’s first year experience, gender and women’s studies program, and religion [Read More...]

On Feminist Pioneers & White People Getting Out of the Way

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made history today by electing the first woman to serve as its Presiding Bishop.  Rev. Elizabeth Eaton has served as bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA since 2006, and was ordained in 1981.  That was eleven years after the church began ordaining women in 1970. It [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Southern Comfort

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I’m a little delayed in my discovery of this film, but after a friend referred me to it multiple times, I finally got it on my Netflix queue and watched Kate Davis’ multiple award winning 2001 documentary Southern Comfort. Here’s a description: SOUTHERN COMFORT is a 90-minute feature-length documentary about the life of Robert Eads, [Read More...]

“Maybe God is an Angry Feminist”

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Oh, I hope so. I am absolutely in love with this new piece at Sarah Over the Moon on the Spirituality Channel here at Patheos. Last week I shared some lyrics and a video recording of Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s hymn “God Like a Woman Long in Labor Cries,” as well as the text from Isaiah 42 [Read More...]

Learning and Unlearning with Stellarella

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Passing on the faith to the next generation has to involve learning as well as un-learning.  As long as Christian formation takes place in a white racist patriarchal culture, we have to pay attention to those things that children learn that we want to help them unlearn. The dominance of male language and images for [Read More...]

“God Calls Us All to Join Her Labor”

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I have been in two different conversations with leaders in the churches this summer in which the ongoing need for inclusive and expansive language and images for the divine has come up.  I’ve shared stories and resources here on this blog that identify and speak to that need.  But truthfully, I find it hard to [Read More...]


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