Honorable Mention: NetVUE

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This weekend, I’m heading to Indianapolis for the biannual conference of the National Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education.  It’s a project of the Council of Independent Colleges, whose purposes include: Deepen our understanding of the intellectual and theological substance of vocational exploration; Examine the role of intellectual and theological reflection and vocational exploration in [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: ‘Who Is the Church?’

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I’m excited to get my hands on a copy of a new book coming out soon by my friend and colleague Rev. Dr. Cheryl M. Peterson.  Cheryl teaches at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and is one of the best connecters-of-people I have ever hung out with.  Really, if you ever get a chance [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Law Students for Reproductive Justice

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One of the many great things about participating in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress this past year has been learning about organizations doing essential work for justice that I didn’t even know existed. One of them, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, invited me to speak on a [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Ordain a Lady!

It does NOT get much better than this: From the Women’s Ordination Conference, working for the inclusion of women in the Catholic priesthood, this fantastic “Call Me Maybe” video … the best one yet? Just a few of the lyrics as I jotted ‘em down: Hey, I was baptized / and this is crazy But [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Maddow Drops Mic

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Just because this is quite possibly the best summary of the mad mad mad mad crazy election year and its results, I am sharing Rachel Maddow’s commentary from the day after.  It’s old news now, surely you have seen it (what? You haven’t? Stop what you’re doing right now and sit down and watch this!) [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Bishop Gene & Hope

The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, was on The Daily Show last night.  In case you missed it, here’s the first part of the interview:   The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook A few of his [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Sex, Gender, and Christianity

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Should women be priests? Should women submit to their husbands? Is premarital sex okay? These questions headline the promotional flyer for the new book Sex, Gender, and Christianity, edited by Priscilla Pope-Levison and Jack Levison, and they give you a sense of some of the topics and themes tackled in a set of essays that [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Justice for Women

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The denomination to which I belong, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has a constitutional mandate informing its Justice for Women program: to work to enable this church to realize the full participation of women, to create equal opportunity for women of all cultures, to foster partnership between men and women, to assist this church [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: The Lilly Fellows Program

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This week, I’m at the Lilly Fellows Program National Network Conference at the University of Indianapolis, and at the meeting of the LFP’s National Network Board, on which I serve. The LFP has been an integral part of my own development as a teacher and scholar, providing resources and community that informed my sense of [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: The Bill of Reproductive Rights

Meryl Streep says it best:  “We’ve got to do something.  Right now.  You and me.” Nancy Northrup from the Center for Reproductive Rights explains: It’s time that a woman’s right to safe and accessible reproductive health care be safeguarded from the political tactics of those who seek to chip it away. It’s time for women [Read More...]


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