Conscience & Change


Mary Hunt makes some fantastic points in her reflection on the resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI. First, conscience is important for all Catholics: Conscience, Benedict reminds us today, is still primary for Catholics. Examination of conscience: that is just the formula millions of us use to explain why we use birth control, enjoy our [Read More...]

Interfaithing Lutherans


The headlines refer to Rev. Rob Morris as a Lutheran pastor reprimanded by his denomination for participating in an interfaith prayer service in Newtown, Connecticutt, just after the Sandy Hook massacre. ‘MISSOURI-SYNOD LUTHERAN!’  … I want to holler every time I see it. After I stop hollering, I want to point out that a similar [Read More...]

BREAKING: Fierce Women Freak Out Conservatives


Leave it to Kathryn Jean Lopez at The National Review to lead the slut-shaming of a successful hetero-married mother of a daughter: I don’t want to linger on this, but last night’s Super Bowl half-time show was ridiculous — and gratuitously so. Watching Twitter, it was really no surprise that men made comments about stripper [Read More...]

Top Three Posts in January


The top three most-viewed posts here in January 2013 were: I Am Not A Hostage Honorable Mention: Ordain a Lady! Guns & Religion And tied for third was Seneca Falls. Selma. Stonewall ::  The Basics It was a popular month for intersections it seems … the intersection between feminism and religion (are they compatible or [Read More...]

Guns & Religion, part two: Praying for a Gun?


“Too many children are dying. Too many children,” [Gabrielle] Giffords almost whispered, speaking slowly and with difficulty the eight most important words that anyone would utter during the entire four-hour hearing.” That was in Washington, D.C., at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence, on January 30, 2013. A teenage girl who performed at [Read More...]

Seneca Falls. Selma. Stonewall :: The Basics


Unless you’ve actively studied the gay rights movement in the U.S., it might be possible that you’d never heard of “Stonewall” before President Barack Obama name checked it in his second inaugural address.  You might have had the opportunity to learn about U.S. women’s history at some point, given that we now have such a [Read More...]

Guns & Religion

During the 2008 election, Barack Obama took a lot of criticism for comments he made at a fundraiser while speaking about economically anxious working-class voters in the Midwest:  “it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade [Read More...]

My Story: ‘Growing Up With Roe’


We’re both over 40 now. I got there a little over a year ago.  And forty years ago today, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decision in the Roe v. Wade case legalized abortion nationwide for women in the U.S.  On this anniversary of that landmark decision protecting a woman’s health and ability to [Read More...]

Roe at 40: Racial & Ethnic Inequalities


On January 22, 2013, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that nationally legalized abortion is 40 years old.  Because there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation surrounding one of the most politicized women’s health issues, I am sharing some of the infographics from the Guttmacher Institute in the days leading up to this [Read More...]

Imagining a Different Inaugural Benediction


You may or may not have been following the controversy around President Obama’s first choice to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration next week.  In short, he kept with his own practice of choosing a public opponent to gay and lesbian rights in selecting Louis Giglio to do this time what Rick Warren did [Read More...]