Our Voices: “Speaking ‘He’”

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This summer, I’ll be sharing a series of short personal stories from the Our Voices, Our Stories booklet published by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Justice for Women program.  It is available in full on the program’s website, and is described thus: “Rooted in the gospel, truth-telling is a part of all social change, [Read More...]

Leaning In Since 1960

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Not me, that is. I was more than a decade away from being born when Valerie Saiving published her pivotal article, “The Human Situation: A Feminine View,” in the Journal of Religion, critiquing the traditional Christian idea of sin as pride.  In a more academic, theological, and less press-savvy way, Saiving was in fact telling [Read More...]

Vocation Summer Camp

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This week I’m spending time in Holland, Michigan, working as part of the Scholarly Resources Project.  It’s an initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) focused on developing new resources for those of us working in higher education. Here’s some description of the project: “Despite the increasing interest [Read More...]

Papa’s Day 2013

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Check out the great series of e-cards for Papa’s Day 2013 from Strong Families.  Some of the images are embedded here. This builds on the success of the Mama’s Day campaign in recent years, which I talked about last month.  It all comes from the organization whose motto simply is:  “All Families Matter.” Strong Families is [Read More...]

“Where is the Motherbody?”

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Many good things can be said about Terry Tempest Williams’ 1991 spiritual memoir, Refuge.  Its subtitle reveals that it is in part about the intimate connection between people and the natural world: “An Unnatural History of Family and Place.”  I’ve heard people talk about and praise this book over the decades since its release, and [Read More...]

Our Voices: “Little Lady”

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This summer, I’ll be sharing a series of short personal stories from the Our Voices, Our Stories booklet published by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Justice for Women program.  It is available in full on the program’s website, and is described thus: “Rooted in the gospel, truth-telling is a part of all social change, [Read More...]

Top Three Posts in May

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The top three most viewed posts here at feminismxianity in May 2013 were: Macklemore’s Theology of Same Love Pentecost Happened A Blog of Our Own I wondered if the immense popularity of the Macklemore piece had to do with what I called “the Minnesota effect,” with the upper-midwestern state’s vote to approve same-sex marriage in [Read More...]

‘She and He Together Dancing’

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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...]

Are We Still Having This Conversation?

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I keep collecting what I think I should call “whiplash stories.” Here’s the most recent example. A couple of weeks ago I participated in my town’s third annual Downtown Celebration – kind of a Main Street festival, complete with live music, food and other vendors, pony rides for kids, and a pint-sized train circling the [Read More...]

Lutheran Pride

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June is LGBT Pride Month and so it’s a particularly good time to celebrate the fact that Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected by the Southwest California Synod to be the first openly gay bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. President Barack Obama’s 2013 proclamation about Pride Month reads in part: Lesbian, [Read More...]

The Women Who Stayed

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The stabbing of British soldier Lee Rigby in the middle of the afternoon on a London street last week is a terrible horrible no good very bad story.  To me, one aspect of the story is striking: They [the attackers] dragged the almost beheaded body of their victim into the road and walked up and [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: spiritchatter

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If you haven’t found it yet, head on over to a new blog here on the Progressive Christian Channel, written by Jack Levison.  I first met Jack three years ago when he and his wife Priscilla hosted me along with a dozen other teacher-scholars for a summer seminar on gender and Christianity in Seattle.  Not [Read More...]


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