For Women Who Aren’t Contrite

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When I first heard about Pope Francis’ offer of forgiveness for women who had had abortions, provided they were “with contrite heart,” during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy (starting December 8), my first thoughts were: What if a woman isn’t contrite? What if she knows it was the right decision for her? What if she [Read More...]

Let’s Do Justice

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We have a new voice joining the work of writing and moving toward justice at Patheos. Rebecca Todd Peters is now blogging over at To Do Justice. She’s a feminist Christian social ethicist who says “it is my fervent hope to think with you about what it means to live faithfully as a Progressive Christian in the [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Equality Illinois

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Today I’m speaking on the Faith and Equality Issues Panel at the Equality Institute, hosted by Equality Illinois in partnership with several other justice-oriented organizations in the state. The mission of Equality Illinois is to “build a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of [Read More...]

Why #BlackLivesMatter Has to Exist

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I wrote the following piece which was first published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, my local newspaper, last week. When I saw a cluster of white police officers marching up to my neighbor’s house in military fatigues and helmets with large guns at the ready, my first instinct was to grab my camera and take a [Read More...]

Words for Justice, Songs for Worship

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My friend and colleague Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton has just published a new book titled Earth Transformed with Music! Inclusive Songs for Worship. I’ve written about and shared some of her work here on this blog before. I asked Jann a few questions about her new book. 1. Tell us why you put together this collection [Read More...]

Back to School With Purpose

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This will be the first fall since I was three years old that I will not be a student or be starting school. I have the great gift of being on sabbatical from teaching this coming academic year, with time for writing, reading, speaking, travelling, and so many other things. Because of that, I spent [Read More...]

4 Women & a Train Station: Reflection on an Interfaith Moment

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Four women outside the entrance to Union Station, lingering in the cool breeze on a sunny summer day. Two women perched behind displays of brochures: “Do You Know Jesus?” and “What About Your Afterlife?” query passersby. One women in hijab, her religiosity also on display, watching the same crowd of travelers coming and going from [Read More...]

Why We Need to Teach Interfaith Understanding

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Amidst conservative Christian fervor over religious freedom, it’s important to remember what real threats to religious freedom in the U.S. look like. A news item getting little attention is currently unfolding in Texas: “A proposal to bring a Muslim cemetery to a rural North Texas town has stoked fears among residents who are trying to convince community [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood Would Serve Mary

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After dismissing the edited videos that pretend to catch Planned Parenthood staffers in a compromising position, Jay Michaelson takes on the issue of fetal tissue donation and points out: “Nearly 20 years ago, the Conservative movement, then the largest movement in American Judaism, ruled that not only is organ donation permitted — it is religiously required. The [Read More...]

Some Good News in Religious Higher Ed

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Over at Religion News Service, Eliel Cruz highlights three Christian colleges who have recently taken steps to be more inclusive of LGBT employees: “Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Hope College have amended their policies to include employees in committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships. … These changes affect the schools’ nondiscrimination hiring policies, which now lists sexual orientation and, [Read More...]

With Christian Privilege, You Already Have Religious Freedom

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Deny other people rights to (your concept of) the afterlife all you want. But you can’t deny legally decided rights in this life and get away with it. Now that marriage laws protect everyone in the U.S., regardless of gender, the opposition has shifted the force of its energy to what they call protecting religious [Read More...]

Who Are You Reading? Paying Attention to Race & Gender

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To some fanfare, Mark Zuckerberg announced in January that in 2015 he was going to read 26 books. I admit that this news elicited some snark in our house, because we read a lot. And, it didn’t seem to me that 26 books was a lot to read in twelve months. But, I actually don’t [Read More...]


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