Band Aid 30: Colonial Christmas Is Back!

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That’s right. Your 24/7 Christmas music playlists and stations are likely to have the Band Aid 30 updated version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in full rotation this season, topping sales charts with the charitable intent of raising money to help fight the Ebola pandemic in West Africa. Cathleen Falsani has written over at [Read More...]

Feminist Scholarship & Pedagogies at #NWSA2014

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I’ve escaped the cold blast hitting the Midwest this week by heading to the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Today, I am spending time in a workshop for Program Administrators and Developers, as a former chair and founding member of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program at Illinois College.  [Read More...]

Be Afraid

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I’ve never understood the appeal of haunted houses or roller coasters or scary movies. I don’t enjoy being afraid and can’t imagine how it can be a form of entertainment. I vividly remember being terrified at haunted houses as a child, and demanding at one that they let me out before the end because it [Read More...]

Called to Act for Peace

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I read former President Jimmy Carter’s latest book this summer in preparation for today. The 90-year-old is speaking on my campus today alongside Khalaf Al Habtoor, a major benefactor of the college, and former U.S. Representative from Jacksonville, Illinois, Paul Findley. A major campus initiative titled Pathways to Peace is being announced, and the college’s [Read More...]

Reproductive (in)Justice in Jacksonville

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I wrote this piece in response to events in the Illinois town where I live, and it was first published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier on September 10, 2014: Abandonment used to be a regular form of family planning — leaving a newborn out in the elements where she or he would likely die from exposure [Read More...]

Teaching Ferguson

As many of us head back to school, events are still unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri.  Protests have been expanding since white police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9.  Some young people will know what has been going on, and some will not.  Some will relate to the anger playing [Read More...]

Voices on Ferguson

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In some crisis moments, some of us do well to listen, learn, and read as a precursor to taking action toward justice.  Here, I feature excerpts from a few different places around the web that I think are important to lift up in light of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri. From Christena Cleveland: THE [Read More...]

On (Re)Watching Sex & the City (all of it)

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Over the span of six weeks this summer, mostly for fun, I re-watched every episode of the six seasons of Sex & the City (except the one where Miranda is fascinated with the guy in the hot dog suit because my DVD inexplicably won’t play that one!), followed by both movies.   Here are some [Read More...]

Vocation Enmeshed

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This week I will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the final meeting of a group of scholars with whom I am working on a new volume dedicated to reflection on vocation in higher education.  I’ve written about this project before.  Here is an adapted piece of the chapter I will contribute, which first appeared [Read More...]

Your Summer (Feminist) (Theological) Reading List

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I received an email query this weekend that read, in part: I’m looking for some guidance as to what an almost Lutheran pastor with a strong feminist heart should read to grow my understanding of feminism and feminist theology. Here is my response: What a lovely description, “a strong feminist heart.”  Because that is surely [Read More...]


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