Pluralism, Marriage, & Religious Freedom

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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

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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...]

Are Mormons Christian? Who Gets to Decide?

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Chris Henrichsen over at Approaching Justice kicked off a Patheos bloggers roundtable this week on the question: Are Mormons Christian?  Here’s how he introduced the conversation: For most Mormons, the answer to this question is obvious. Yes, yes they are. They believe in Jesus Christ. This settles it for them. For people from other religious [Read More...]

Subservient or Subversive, The Butler Works in a Man’s World

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I resisted seeing The Butler.  After the mess that was The Help, here came yet another movie valorizing the black domestic.  Yes, this time it would have the sweep of history and the he-was-there-for-it-all thing going on, featuring an Oscar-bait cast.  But really, did I have to reward another portrayal of subservient roles that a [Read More...]

Race, Class, & J.K. Rowling

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I finally got a chance to read The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s first published non-Harry Potter book, and I’m trying to remember why it got lackluster reviews.  But I don’t want to go back and read any of them because I found it captivating. Maybe it was too soon on the heels of Hogwarts, or [Read More...]

Sexism & Churches: A Twitterview with Sarah Sentilles

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I happened upon the book, A Church of Her Own, last spring on a colleague’s bookshelf, and immediately decided to add it to the reading list for my seminar on Sex and God.  Specifically, the first week that we spend talking about women’s ordination in Christian traditions.  After working through John Wijngaards’ careful study of [Read More...]

Justice for Chelsea? Lutheran Theology and Trans*Activism

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As the trial of Private Manning concluded this August, the convictions on more than 20 counts turned out not to be the big story for many.  Through lawyers, she issued a statement about her gender identity along with a request for the media to use her preferred name, Chelsea: “As I transition into this next [Read More...]

Yes, NALT, but SSA, and WAY?

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I appreciate and affirm the NALT Christians project, the idea of stating over and over again in public that not all Christians are “like that” … homophobes and sexists to be precise.  A big part of why I started writing and speaking more about issues like marriage equality and reproductive justice in recent years was [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: The NALT Christians Project

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If you haven’t heard of it yet, check out this video introduction to The NALT Christians Project: I have some thoughts on this that I’ll post soon … appreciative as well as analytical. For now, here it is, what do you think?   [Read more...]

A Random Numbered List of Reasons Why I Hate Those Lists and Haven’t Posted Much Recently

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Starting a semester with three seminar classes full of energetic undergraduates. Including fifteen first-year students adjusting to college. With nineteen students learning about women’s studies via things like the Defined Lines feminist parody.  (It’s a #sexcrime …) The numbers on these lists are arbitrary and meaningless. Coordinating three local agencies hosting said first-year students doing service-learning. [Read More...]

Laboring For Justice

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Jamilah King over at Colorlines has a great post this Labor Day weekend, beginning with a note about struggles for economic justice today: “Across the United States, thousands of fast food workers have walked off the job and staged strikes for higher wages. Service work—one of the fastest growing sectors of the job market—is tough to [Read More...]

“Challenge Our Labor to Set People Free”

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Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Pictured here is Daisy Bates, “the only female organizer who spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.”  The commemoration this year has turned a lot of people’s attention to the ongoing work for justice, jobs, and freedom.  It also [Read More...]


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