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...]

Who Are The Women?

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In the middle of a really good piece titled “The Reproductive Injustice and the ‘War on Women’ or, An Ode to the Intersections” Eesha Pandit at the Crunk Feminist Collective writes a stunningly important paragraph: Who, we must ask, are the “women” in the “war on women” that many feminist organizations are decrying? Are they [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Feminist Conversations in Religion

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In case you’re not aware of this amazing resource and opportunity, let me introduce you to the WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual) series of teleconferences with feminist scholars of religion.  It’s a monthly teleconference featuring a short presentation by a leading feminist scholar as well as ample time for question and conversation.  [Read More...]

“They Think That God is A Tiny Little Conservative Being”

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If you haven’t had a chance, do take the time to watch 16-year old Malala Yousafzai addressing young people at the United Nations last week. Watching her is really remarkable.  Here are a few things that she said not only about educating girls along with boys, but also for the multi-faith inspiration for her nonviolent response [Read More...]

I Am Not Trayvon Martin

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In 1903 they were true.  In 2013 they remain true.  The words of W.E.B. DuBois about what it means to be a black man in the United States, with which Melissa Harris-Perry began her program’s footnote the day after Trayvon Martin’s killer was found not guilty: “Between me and the other world there is ever [Read More...]


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