How Gender Studies Transforms Religions

How does one adequately describe ways that gender studies has transformed the study and practice of religion in the U.S. and around the world? … in 8,000 words or less! This is a task I’ve been invited to undertake this summer for a chapter on “Religion” in the forthcoming Companion to Gender Studies to be [Read More…]

Voices on Ferguson

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 the Basis of Sex”

In another lifetime and in another state, I sat in a meeting with church leaders lamenting the declining number of young people in confirmation classes and other weekday church activities.  The reason for this declining youth participation in church, according to one old white man? Title IX. What? Yes, he said, quite convinced.  “Ever since [Read More…]

‘She and He Together Dancing’

Check out this lovely collaborative effort from Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Larry E. Schultz of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.  Jann writes: “This hymn was one of the first in my collaboration with composer and minister of music Larry E. Schultz.  Larry wrote the fresh, vibrant tune for this hymn and named the tune “Spirit Dance.” [Read More…]

Mama’s Day & “The Balance of Justice”

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations describes the Mama’s Day movement and it’s connection to Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. This history reminds us that Mother’s Day is more than a day for flowers and pancakes. It’s a time to highlight the aspects [Read More…]

Women in Combat? ‘When Harry Met Sally’ edition

  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Women’s War Daily – Military Brohesion Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook Kingsley Browne:  “It’s not clear that men can actually bond with women in the way they bond with other men.” Samantha [Read More…]

Your Spring Feminist Reading List (or, why Twitter rocks)

Last Friday, @feministtexican tweeted a simple query: feminist books by women of color that everyone should read – go! And her followers were off and running.  @lizwithhat compiled the responses in Storify, and I thought I’d share some of the listed responses here.  In part this is because I’m starting a new semester teaching Introduction [Read More…]

Progress, Faith & Reproductive Justice as Roe Turns 40

For the past year I have been privileged to be part of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress.  I wrote more about our shared work and activities previously, and shared some of the interview that Sally Steenland did with me as part of that work here.  Now, I [Read More…]

God Everywhere, God Nowhere?

I finally got around to watching the two-part segment about faith and the Newtown school massacre from The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on December 22.  It featured several creative and smart scholars who I’ve followed for some time, including Rev. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Dr. Anthea Butler, professor of religious [Read More…]

Honorable Mention: Lutheran Women in Theological & Religious Studies

Today I’m at the annual meeting of the Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies, an “additional meeting” of the joint American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago.  I’m presenting some new work on gender theory, trans activism, and theology that I’ll share some of here in the coming weeks. I [Read More…]