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...]

Sorry, Carly: Planned Parenthood Edition


Sorry, Carly. You may have won the GOP primary debate last night, by speaking with specifics and often knowing what you were talking about. You may have even elicited a heartfelt cheer from me and women around the nation with that pitch perfect response to Donald Trump’s comments about your face. But that riff on [Read More...]

For Women Who Aren’t Contrite

contrite heart

When I first heard about Pope Francis’ offer of forgiveness for women who had had abortions, provided they were “with contrite heart,” during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy (starting December 8), my first thoughts were: What if a woman isn’t contrite? What if she knows it was the right decision for her? What if she [Read More...]

Why #BlackLivesMatter Has to Exist

Black Lives Matter Black Friday

I wrote the following piece which was first published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, my local newspaper, last week. When I saw a cluster of white police officers marching up to my neighbor’s house in military fatigues and helmets with large guns at the ready, my first instinct was to grab my camera and take a [Read More...]

Why We Need to Teach Interfaith Understanding


Amidst conservative Christian fervor over religious freedom, it’s important to remember what real threats to religious freedom in the U.S. look like. A news item getting little attention is currently unfolding in Texas: “A proposal to bring a Muslim cemetery to a rural North Texas town has stoked fears among residents who are trying to convince community [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood Would Serve Mary


After dismissing the edited videos that pretend to catch Planned Parenthood staffers in a compromising position, Jay Michaelson takes on the issue of fetal tissue donation and points out: “Nearly 20 years ago, the Conservative movement, then the largest movement in American Judaism, ruled that not only is organ donation permitted — it is religiously required. The [Read More...]

Some Good News in Religious Higher Ed


Over at Religion News Service, Eliel Cruz highlights three Christian colleges who have recently taken steps to be more inclusive of LGBT employees: “Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Hope College have amended their policies to include employees in committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships. … These changes affect the schools’ nondiscrimination hiring policies, which now lists sexual orientation and, [Read More...]

#Charleston :: Round-Up of Lutheran Voices & Resources


On June 18, 2015, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton wrote: “It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this … the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that [Read More...]

Jesus is Not a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card: Christian Privilege & the Duggars


In her interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Megyn Kelly encouraged the idea that their Christian beliefs were part of the reason that they were being targeted and persecuted. [Megyn Kelly: ]“Do you think that the backlash against the Duggars has been greater because people object to who you are and what you stand [Read More...]