#Charleston :: Round-Up of Lutheran Voices & Resources


On June 18, 2015, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton wrote: “It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this … the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that [Read More...]

Freedom & Renewal: Lutherans at 500

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In case you aren’t hanging around enough Lutherans and Lutheran institutions, I thought I’d let you know that 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of what is widely noted as a watershed moment of the Reformation … Martin Luther’s posting of his Ninety-Five Theses (actually, his Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences, to [Read More...]

Summer Reading List from a Lutheran Roundtable


I recently attended a meeting of the Theological Roundtable of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a network of groups of theologians, scholars, activists, and clergy working in various positions around the country.  As part of our introductory session, the chair of the meeting asked each person to recommend a book … something from each [Read More...]

“To Welcome The Stranger”


The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released the following statement about President Barack Obama’s executive action related to immigration and deportation this week: As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth. [Read More...]

Voices on Ferguson


In some crisis moments, some of us do well to listen, learn, and read as a precursor to taking action toward justice.  Here, I feature excerpts from a few different places around the web that I think are important to lift up in light of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri. From Christena Cleveland: THE [Read More...]

Lutheran Theology 101


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


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


“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


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


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...]