Lutheran Theology 101

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A few weeks ago, I was asked by blogger Tylor Standley to answer a few basic questions about the Lutheran tradition for a summer series he was planning. “Voices From the Branches” (clever title!) launched last week with a post on the Roman Catholic Tradition, continued this week with my post.  Here is an excerpt: [Read More...]

Your Summer (Feminist) (Theological) Reading List

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I received an email query this weekend that read, in part: I’m looking for some guidance as to what an almost Lutheran pastor with a strong feminist heart should read to grow my understanding of feminism and feminist theology. Here is my response: What a lovely description, “a strong feminist heart.”  Because that is surely [Read More...]

Women, Race, & Ministry: Streams Run Uphill

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“I wonder if people in the church have any idea how much pain we inflict upon people who are guilty of nothing other than answering God’s call to ministry?” This musing from Marvin McMickle’s foreword to Streams Run Uphill could be applied to so many situations today including the ordained ministry of women as well [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...]

It’s My Birthday! … & Other Awareness Events

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October seems to be full of things of which you should be aware, only one of which is my birthday today.  Here are a few others that you should check out: Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15):  Have you been watching Latino Americans on PBS?  Check it out … I have it DVR’d.  [Read More...]

On Feminist Pioneers & White People Getting Out of the Way

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made history today by electing the first woman to serve as its Presiding Bishop.  Rev. Elizabeth Eaton has served as bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA since 2006, and was ordained in 1981.  That was eleven years after the church began ordaining women in 1970. It [Read More...]

A Church Assembles

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is in the middle of its biennial (soon to be triennial) churchwide assembly in Pittsburgh this week.  It marks the 25th anniversary of the official formation of the ELCA from predecessor church bodies, and includes 952 voting members representing the more than four million baptized members of the national denomination. [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...]

Our Voices: “Who Says?”

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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...]


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