Doing Something Real: The #ICHairRaiser

I tweet-captioned this photo “At #IllinoisCollege we just might give you the hair off our heads!” This week, faculty, staff, and students where I work are donating hair to Beautiful Lengths, Pantene’s partnership with the American Cancer Society to make real-hair wigs for women battling cancer.  Three of us went under the scissors together yesterday, [Read More…]

Maybe You Shouldn’t Marry Him

I was almost as uncomfortable as Simone Jhingoor this morning.  But I was safe at home on my stationary bike watching The Today Show, while she stood in Rockefeller Plaza live on television having her work undermined by her now-fiancee. Jezebel summarizes: Al Roker was about to do the weather when he took a detour [Read More…]

Oprah, Atheism, & How Not To Be An Ally

Oprah loves teaching us about ourselves.  This month, it’s a great example of exactly what NOT to say to someone who is different than you.  Chris Stedman describes the exchange that took place between the talk-show-host-network-mogul and Diana Nyad: A few days ago Winfrey interviewed long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad on Super Soul Sunday. Nyad identified [Read More…]

Why Affordable Care Matters for Women

Given that the Affordable Care Act remains a political football more than three years after it was signed into law, I thought I’d share easily understandable information about how and why it has been described as “the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation.” I’ve written about why this law is important for [Read More…]

Teaching With Meaning: The LFP Family

I’m travelling to the University of Scranton today to attend a board meeting, administrators workshop, and the national conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.  Last year at this time I described the program and some of my involvement in it over the years, from a postdoctoral teaching fellow to faculty [Read More…]

“Women Breaking Silence”

What follows here is part of a ritual for domestic violence awareness, one of several campaigns ongoing throughout the month of October.  It is written by Diann L. Neu and distributed by for October 2013 by WATER, the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual. Background Information Women and girls of all ages, economic status, [Read More…]

A ChildFull Life

Today is the third anniversary of Owen’s baptism.  In the two previous years, I have written about it in these ways: In 2011: On 10/10/10, he was the fifth child with whom my husband and I stood, alongside his parents, and made promises:  To care for him, to teach and instruct him, and to love [Read More…]

“… and I Would Like to Listen”

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, two church bodies faced significant moments in the history of their inclusion of women.  Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was installed as the first woman presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, something I’ve already written about.  And on this same past Saturday in Salt Lake City, Mormon women held [Read More…]

It’s My Birthday! … & Other Awareness Events

October seems to be full of things of which you should be aware, only one of which is my birthday today.  Here are a few others that you should check out: Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15):  Have you been watching Latino Americans on PBS?  Check it out … I have it DVR’d.  [Read More…]

Apply Now: Faith & Reproductive Justice Institute

If 2012 taught us anything, it was that the conservative forces seeking to deny women and families access to basic reproductive healthcare are not going away.  It was also that they continue to use their brand of religions to justify their threats to women’s heath. You can be a voice of reason in the mess.  [Read More…]

Pluralism, Marriage, & Religious Freedom

The following is an excerpt from a commentary I wrote for my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, published last week.  The picture to the right is a historic one of our actual intersection of Church and State streets.  This commentary brings together the ongoing struggles for marriage equality in the state of Illinois with some [Read More…]

Transitioning in Christian Community: H. Adam Ackley & APU

The story of H. Adam Ackley has caught a significant amount of media attention in recent weeks, as noted over at Theoblogy, and at greater length at the Religion News Service website.  In short, A California Christian university has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy to leave after he [Read More…]