Back to School With Purpose

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This will be the first fall since I was three years old that I will not be a student or be starting school. I have the great gift of being on sabbatical from teaching this coming academic year, with time for writing, reading, speaking, travelling, and so many other things. Because of that, I spent [Read More...]

Writing the Sabbath: Plans and Invitations

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about anticipating my upcoming sabbatical.  If you haven’t read that, I invite you go back to it and do so.  Today, it’s officially one week and three days away!  (But, who’s counting…) As I said at the end of that reflection on the seasonal and theological purpose of [Read More...]

Rites of Passage: Sabbatical as Sabbath

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The first spring I spent in Chicago after two years of living in southern California was magical. Do you know how brilliant the first green grass is after a long snowy winter? Having grown up in South Dakota I was and am intimately familiar with dramatic season changes.  But something about having been out of [Read More...]

Vocation at the Intersection of Self & World

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Today I’m heading to St. Louis for the National Conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, NetVUE.  I’m particularly excited to hear Krista Tippett speak at one of the plenary sessions, she of the On Being podcast, radio show, blog, and general fabulousness.  I have written before about this conference, and my participation [Read More...]

Vocation Winter Camp

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“It’s always hard when your parents have one vocation for you and you find that you have another.” I’m pretty sure that the shuttle van driver who took me back to the Grand Rapids airport last summer had no idea how perfectly his comment fit with everything I had been reading, writing, and talking about [Read More...]

A Spring Semester with feminismxianity

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Spring semester classes begin today on my campus, and I’m finalizing the readings and assignments for three courses and getting ready to resume the routine that will carry me through to May.  I’ve injected a new perspective into an old introductory course, updated texts in another, as well as sifted through material for a whole [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...]

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...]

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...]

Vocation Summer Camp

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This week I’m spending time in Holland, Michigan, working as part of the Scholarly Resources Project.  It’s an initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) focused on developing new resources for those of us working in higher education. Here’s some description of the project: “Despite the increasing interest [Read More...]


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