Truth, Generosity, & Gratitude

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In a longer piece at Feminism and Religion last year, Carol Christ shared this story about celebrating Thanksgiving at her home in Greece: Before we shared the meal, my friends, Greek, Australian, and British, asked me to explain what Thanksgiving is.  Here is what I said: “When we were young, we learned in school that [Read More...]

Surviving the Academic Industrial Complex

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Today I’m on my way to Baltimore for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  I wrote about my visit to this national conference here last year, and look forward to making new and renewing old connections this year.  Those of us in academia, regardless of field, come to be acquainted with these [Read More...]

The Arc Still Bends in Illinois: Governor v. Bishop

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Despite the efforts of the leaders of intolerance, Governor Pat Quinn signs marriage equality into Illinois law today: A huge crowd is expected Wednesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago to watch history unfold. After years of struggle and many false starts, Gov. Pat Quinn will sign Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill with great fanfare. [Read More...]

Speaking Her Story

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A whole lot of people read my post last month in response to Simone Jhingoor’s on-air proposal.  Even Yahoo! picked it up.  On Friday, Jhingoor wrote a great piece over at The Aerogram reflecting on the media frenzy that ensued her Today Show moment, and how it affected her experience of getting engaged. In particular, [Read More...]

Food & Faith, Diversity & Service: All in A Semester’s Work

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Last week I attended the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and presented with a colleague about some of our work teaching a first year learning community as part of our institution’s general education program.  Here are excerpts from my part, focusing on food and faith, diversity and service: While teaching a religion & literature course last [Read More...]

Learning (and Teaching) in Community

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This weekend, I’m heading to Miami University of Ohio for the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies annual conference.  I’ll be co-presenting with a colleague about our first year learning community, some of which I have written about already here and here.  (The two of us are pictured here with our student affairs teaching partner on the [Read More...]

BREAKING: Marriage Equality IS Coming to Illinois!

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This just in from Illinois Unites For Marriage: The Illinois House just passed the freedom to marry!  In a vote count of 61:54, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed on the House floor. The marriage bill passed in the Senate in February, and will  now return to the Senate for a procedural vote [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Lutheran Heritage Chair Kit Kleinhans

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Today is Reformation Day, when Lutherans mark a moment when the good Dr. Martin Luther himself posted his Ninety-Five Theses, “A Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” on the door at Wittenberg in 1517.  At Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, they are marking a new era in Lutheran studies and the college’s commitment [Read More...]

Doing Something Real: The #ICHairRaiser

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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

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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

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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

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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...]


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