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...]

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...]

Fall Back Into School ~ Your Reading List

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Fall semester classes start this week, so I thought I’d share the list of books that I’m teaching and using with you.  They are all pictured here.  I’m teaching three classes this fall, a normal load where I work, that include contributions to our college’s first year experience, gender and women’s studies program, and religion [Read More...]

Summer. Reading.

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The next time someone asks me what I’m doing this summer (because, you know, professors have that “summer off” thing … ahem) I’m going to start by showing them this picture.  I’ve read some of every one of these books in the past week alone. Some are for fun (The Marriage Plot, Shadow of Night, [Read More...]

Another Way Forward: Secular Students & a Lutheran College

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I’ve written here before about what it might mean to be a person of faith and an atheist ally.  It’s something that not enough Christians talk about.  Growing out of this work, I’ll be part of a panel at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore this coming November talking about negotiating Christian privilege, [Read More...]

God Everywhere, God Nowhere?

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I finally got around to watching the two-part segment about faith and the Newtown school massacre from The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on December 22.  It featured several creative and smart scholars who I’ve followed for some time, including Rev. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Dr. Anthea Butler, professor of religious [Read More...]

Get Your Faitheist Now!

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A few weeks ago I wrote a longer review of Chris Stedman’s captivating new book, Faitheist: How An Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious.  To celebrate  it’s official release this week, I wanted to re-post some of what I said: Chris Stedman has written the book I didn’t know I needed to read.  … [Read More...]


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