Black Masculinity & Oscar

The two movies I wrote about here last year, Fruitvale Station and The Butler, were inexplicably shut out of the Academy Award nominations this year.  The Butler has received some nominations and acknowledgement by other awarding organizations like the Screen Actors Guild, and Michael B. Jordan has received much critical praise for his performance in [Read More…]

Vocation Winter Camp

“It’s always hard when your parents have one vocation for you and you find that you have another.” I’m pretty sure that the shuttle van driver who took me back to the Grand Rapids airport last summer had no idea how perfectly his comment fit with everything I had been reading, writing, and talking about [Read More…]

“Our Mother …”

Many arguments for male-exclusive language for God insist that use of female images and names for God is a modern radical feminist plot to overthrow the church.  To the contrary, scripture and the Christian tradition are full of such images that have simply been crowded out by the dominance of patriarchal views of God. Rev. [Read More…]

Talking Interfaith Studies

Note: Due to the winter storm, I wasn’t actually able to travel to this conference! I wanted to share about it anyway: The longer I teach religion, the more intentional I become about teaching religions.  It’s not enough for any of us to know about only one religion. Religious literacy (or illiteracy as the case [Read More…]

“Listen to Those of Us Fighting”

My Women in Islam class meets tonight for the first time this semester.  It’s a class I teach regularly, as a way to bring more students into deeper contact with and understanding of a major world religion that most in my classroom don’t encounter often.  Using the lens of gender analysis helps me find one [Read More…]

A Spring Semester with feminismxianity

Spring semester classes begin today on my campus, and I’m finalizing the readings and assignments for three courses and getting ready to resume the routine that will carry me through to May.  I’ve injected a new perspective into an old introductory course, updated texts in another, as well as sifted through material for a whole [Read More…]

For Feminist Days (After Christmas)

I’ve been sharing some feminist musical resources in the days surrounding Christmas this year, and last year did the same … check out these links if you want more!  Today brings one last offering from Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s work on Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, this time recorded by Vocal Divine at herchurch/Ebenezer Lutheran in [Read More…]

“Sound Forth the News” (of Feminist Christmas Carols!)

Last year, I first shared some seasonal feminist musical resources around Christmas.  They feature the words of my friend Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton from her work on Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians.  I’m sharing some of them here again this year, especially for anyone who is looking for rich, creative, and inclusive words to inhabit comforting and familiar tunes. The version [Read More…]

For a Feminist Winter Solstice

I love and abhor these dark days of winter.  I love lighting candles, using my Himalayan salt crystal lamp, and snuggling up under blankets with cats and husband.  I abhor the 4:20pm sunset, driving in the dark, and I long for sunlit evenings on the back porch to return.  Years ago, a yoga teacher used [Read More…]

For a Feminist Advent

Last year, I first shared some seasonal feminist musical resources around Christmas.  They feature the words of my friend Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton from her work on Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians.  I’m sharing some of them here again this year, especially for anyone who is looking for rich, creative, and inclusive words to inhabit comforting [Read More…]

“Stories with Honesty” :: A Twitterview with Joanna Brooks

Students in my first year seminar read a series of religious autobiographies this fall, including Joanna Brooks’  The Book of Mormon Girl.  I’ve written a bit about the book previously here and here, and shared a bit about Mormon feminist activism here. On the last day of our discussion of the book last month, I [Read More…]

Honorable Mention: Duncan’s Bar Mitzvah

If a 13-year old gets it, and can explain both the problem with adhering to the notion of “biblical marriage” as well as the need for marriage equality this well … … there is no good reason for any state or government to impede justice for all. I especially appreciate that this call for marriage [Read More…]