#BlackLivesMatter in Barbershop’s Love Letter to Chicago

I spent five formative years in my mid-twenties living in Hyde Park on the South Side, learning about racial divides and economic stratification in ways that only Chicago can teach. And Barbershop: The Next Cut is above all else a love letter to Chicago. The film finds Calvin’s barbershop sharing space with Angie’s beauty shop [Read More…]

Water, Water, Everywhere: On Death, Flint & “Formation”

Consider images of water flooding recent news and pop culture: Parents holding up baby bottles filled with brown water. Black and brown children with invisible toxins running through their veins, attacking their futures. Families paralyzed, unable to sell houses hooked up to poisonous infrastructure. A police car submerged in water. Ladies in formation dancing in [Read More…]

Fighting Religious Prejudice with Conversation & Information

How often do you have conversations with someone of a different faith than your own? Could you ever convert to a different religion? What would you miss if you did? What are the exclusive truth claims that you hold to in your religion? What’s more important: A book about interfaith dialogue for adults or a [Read More…]

Must Interfaith Solidarity Cost a Woman Her Job?

Apparently, at Wheaton College, a tenured political science professor who decides to wear hijab as an expression of her Christian solidarity with Muslim neighbors and quotes Pope Francis in support of that decision, is failing to “faithfully represent the College’s evangelical Statement of Faith.” In part of a December 10 public post on Facebook, Dr. Larycia [Read More…]

White Conservative Evangelical Heteropatriarchal Terrorism in a Gun Culture Hating Planned Parenthood

I’ve been too unspeakably angry about the terrorist attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs last week to write much about it. Yes, it was a terrorist attack. Any act of violence that is meant primarily to incite fear in the observing public is terrorism. It’s also a particular form of terrorism in the case [Read More…]

No Religious Test for Compassion

“And I think our focus ought to be on the Christians who have no place in Syria anymore.” (Jeb Bush on Sunday’s Meet the Press, with similar comments on CNN’s State of the Union.) “We need to be working to provide a safe haven for those Christians who are being persecuted and facing genocide, and at [Read More…]

If Trump Was My Student: So You Just Don’t Know About Seventh-day Adventist?

Last Saturday, Donald Trump talked about his and Ben Carson’s religions at a rally in Florida: “I’m Presbyterian,” he said. “Boy, that’s down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.” Think Progress has already done a great job debunking the [Read More…]

Of Course There’s a Religious Test for Office

It’s called the voter. And all of the beliefs, values, ignorance, convictions, stereotypes, and knowledge that s/he possesses. When Ben Carson made some news last month asserting that he didn’t think a Muslim could or should be president, rather than turn voters off, it drew more to him. Because plenty of voters agree with him, [Read More…]

Guns, Masculinity, a Culture of Life, & Educators on the Front Line

One day about two years ago I walked into the building where I teach two of my classes and found this picture. The juxtaposition of the “no smoking” and “no guns” decals is appropriate. These are things that will kill you, kids. And our job as an educational institution is to make your life better. [Read More…]

Gender Equality & the #GlobalGoals as a #PrayerforEveryone

This week sees the launch of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of 17 goals that together promise to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and justice, and fix climate change. At the United Nations on Friday, September 25, 193 world leaders will commit to support the goals over the next fifteen years. Gender [Read More…]


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