Interfaithing Round-Up

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This weekend I’m travelling to Washington, D.C., to attend The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, along with the preceding convening of the Vanguard Interfaith Campus Network.  The Interfaith Youth Core is the connection point here, working with colleges and universities around the country on integrating interreligious cooperation, interfaith dialogue, community service, and work [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Father Roy Bourgeois

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Father Roy Bourgeois is speaking on my campus tonight, and I’m thrilled to be having dinner with him before the event.  The event tonight and one tomorrow in Springfield, Illinois, are being co-sponsored by Call to Action, the college, Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community, a new church in town I [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...]

postChristian & the Sin of postFeminism

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In his newest book, postChristian, fellow Patheos blogger Christian Piatt takes up some important questions about Christianity in the 21st century:  Because Christianity “is not what it should be, what it claims to be,” Piatt asks:  What’s left?  Can we fix it?  Do we care?  He frames his reflections on these subtitle questions using seven [Read More...]

Because Religion?

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Consider this: George Fox University decided that references to sex in Title IX don’t include gender identity.  The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education says it does. Hobby Lobby owners decided that IUD’s are abortifacients.  The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says they are not. On what basis did the private [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...]

“Christians Get In Jacked-Up Situations, Too”

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“My belief in God tells me that the most important thing you can do for another human being is help them in their time of need.” [Read more...]

Heteropatriarchy With A Twist

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These are confusing times. How can there be such swift and progressive action state by state (Utah!  Indiana!  Oklahoma!) toward equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans at the same time as the shockingly regressive gender politics around contraception and women’s health care reaching all the way to the Supreme Court? Over at The [Read More...]

At the Intersections: Home, Hope, & Gaza

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Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand.  Today’s piece comes from Fatima Alshantti, who was a student in my Women in Islam class last spring.  She is a sophomore majoring in Biology-Pre Nursing at Illinois College. She is a graduate of [Read More...]

It’s Just Church (with a response)

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I wrote the following commentary which was published last week in my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, and picked up the following day by the Alton Telegraph.  A letter to the editor responding to it appeared this week … see it, along with my reply, below. Something new is happening in Jacksonville that is actually [Read More...]


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