Trusting Women

Last night, I delivered the following as part of a series of “Big Tent” speeches at an event hosted by the Morgan County Democratic Central Committee here in Illinois.  It was a fundraiser and a meet-and-greet event featuring the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, with whom I am pictured below. It’s about trusting women. [Read More…]

Quran, Gender, Equality: A Twitterview with Amina Wadud

Earlier this week I wrote about Scott Kugle’s book Homosexuality in Islam, and how it was the work of Amina Wadud that prompted questions leading me and my students to that book.  Here is the Twitter exchange I had with Wadud earlier last month in which she answers the question about whether heteronormativity is established [Read More…]

A Paradox of Religion & Tradition: Homosexuality in Islam

“So, what about gay and lesbian Muslims?” The last time I taught my course on Women in Islam, we were working through Amina Wadud’s argument in Quran and Woman that equality has both cosmological and eschatological grounding in the Quran and in Islam when a student asked this question.  It was in response to Wadud’s [Read More…]

Women, Race, & Ministry: Streams Run Uphill

“I wonder if people in the church have any idea how much pain we inflict upon people who are guilty of nothing other than answering God’s call to ministry?” This musing from Marvin McMickle’s foreword to Streams Run Uphill could be applied to so many situations today including the ordained ministry of women as well [Read More…]

A Spring Semester with feminismxianity

Spring semester classes begin today on my campus, and I’m finalizing the readings and assignments for three courses and getting ready to resume the routine that will carry me through to May.  I’ve injected a new perspective into an old introductory course, updated texts in another, as well as sifted through material for a whole [Read More…]

“Stories with Honesty” :: A Twitterview with Joanna Brooks

Students in my first year seminar read a series of religious autobiographies this fall, including Joanna Brooks’  The Book of Mormon Girl.  I’ve written a bit about the book previously here and here, and shared a bit about Mormon feminist activism here. On the last day of our discussion of the book last month, I [Read More…]

Honorable Mention: Duncan’s Bar Mitzvah

If a 13-year old gets it, and can explain both the problem with adhering to the notion of “biblical marriage” as well as the need for marriage equality this well … … there is no good reason for any state or government to impede justice for all. I especially appreciate that this call for marriage [Read More…]

The Arc Still Bends in Illinois: Governor v. Bishop

Despite the efforts of the leaders of intolerance, Governor Pat Quinn signs marriage equality into Illinois law today: A huge crowd is expected Wednesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago to watch history unfold. After years of struggle and many false starts, Gov. Pat Quinn will sign Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill with great fanfare. [Read More…]

BREAKING: Marriage Equality IS Coming to Illinois!

This just in from Illinois Unites For Marriage: The Illinois House just passed the freedom to marry!  In a vote count of 61:54, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed on the House floor. The marriage bill passed in the Senate in February, and will  now return to the Senate for a procedural vote [Read More…]

Apply Now: Faith & Reproductive Justice Institute

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…]


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