“Maybe God is an Angry Feminist”

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Oh, I hope so. I am absolutely in love with this new piece at Sarah Over the Moon on the Spirituality Channel here at Patheos. Last week I shared some lyrics and a video recording of Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s hymn “God Like a Woman Long in Labor Cries,” as well as the text from Isaiah 42 [Read More...]

Learning and Unlearning with Stellarella

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Passing on the faith to the next generation has to involve learning as well as un-learning.  As long as Christian formation takes place in a white racist patriarchal culture, we have to pay attention to those things that children learn that we want to help them unlearn. The dominance of male language and images for [Read More...]

“God Calls Us All to Join Her Labor”

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I have been in two different conversations with leaders in the churches this summer in which the ongoing need for inclusive and expansive language and images for the divine has come up.  I’ve shared stories and resources here on this blog that identify and speak to that need.  But truthfully, I find it hard to [Read More...]

Reza Aslan Is Not A Zealot, Jesus Was

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You might have already seen Reza Aslan interviewed via any number of media outlets in recent weeks to talk about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus.  It was the interview on Fox News, though, that catapulted the book to the number one spot on Amazon.com.  Specifically, when host Lauren Green asked: [Read More...]

Who Are The Women?

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In the middle of a really good piece titled “The Reproductive Injustice and the ‘War on Women’ or, An Ode to the Intersections” Eesha Pandit at the Crunk Feminist Collective writes a stunningly important paragraph: Who, we must ask, are the “women” in the “war on women” that many feminist organizations are decrying? Are they [Read More...]

Our Voices: “My Painful Visitations”

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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...]

The Vocation of a Lutheran College

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What does it mean to be a Lutheran college?  What does it mean to teach, study, work, live at a Lutheran college?  How might it be distinctive from other colleges or universities?  Does the Lutheran tradition offer anything distinctive to address contemporary challenges in higher education? This week I’m heading to Minneapolis for the Vocation [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Feminist Conversations in Religion

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In case you’re not aware of this amazing resource and opportunity, let me introduce you to the WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual) series of teleconferences with feminist scholars of religion.  It’s a monthly teleconference featuring a short presentation by a leading feminist scholar as well as ample time for question and conversation.  [Read More...]

“They Think That God is A Tiny Little Conservative Being”

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If you haven’t had a chance, do take the time to watch 16-year old Malala Yousafzai addressing young people at the United Nations last week. Watching her is really remarkable.  Here are a few things that she said not only about educating girls along with boys, but also for the multi-faith inspiration for her nonviolent response [Read More...]

I Am Not Trayvon Martin

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In 1903 they were true.  In 2013 they remain true.  The words of W.E.B. DuBois about what it means to be a black man in the United States, with which Melissa Harris-Perry began her program’s footnote the day after Trayvon Martin’s killer was found not guilty: “Between me and the other world there is ever [Read More...]

“We Showed Up” :: Millennials & Reproductive Justice

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Consider the masses of younger women who showed up at the Texas statehouse before and after Wendy Davis’ pink-shoed filibuster against a bill that would effect devastating restrictions to women’s healthcare.  Consider the online organizing carried out by women like Jessica Luther to feed and sustain those orange-shirted activists.  Consider the recent panel on Millennials [Read More...]

Myth Heads Overrun Blogger!

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Fellow Patheos blogger Kimberly Knight has penned an awesomely creative response to “bible drive-bys” that we progressive Christian bloggers have become all to accustomed to.  Check out the comments section in my recent post on the SCOTUS marriage equality rulings for an example of bible drive-bys along with a great series of substantive responses. Here’s [Read More...]


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