At the Intersections: The Public Body of Christ

Many good people live and work at the intersections and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. I first encountered Samantha Nichols via Twitter and our common engagement with the Interfaith Youth Core. I met her this fall when she was on a #BlackLivesMatter panel at a meeting of the ELCA Theological [Read More…]

The Arc Still Bends in Illinois: Governor v. Bishop

Despite the efforts of the leaders of intolerance, Governor Pat Quinn signs marriage equality into Illinois law today: A huge crowd is expected Wednesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago to watch history unfold. After years of struggle and many false starts, Gov. Pat Quinn will sign Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill with great fanfare. [Read More…]

Lutheran Pride

June is LGBT Pride Month and so it’s a particularly good time to celebrate the fact that Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected by the Southwest California Synod to be the first openly gay bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. President Barack Obama’s 2013 proclamation about Pride Month reads in part: Lesbian, [Read More…]

What Sexual Terrorism Looks Like

This is part of an opinion piece I wrote for my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, published last Thursday, March 14: As I drove south out of Jacksonville on U.S. 67 to pick my husband up at the St. Louis airport, I thought of her.  The 16-year old girl who punched the cop impersonator in [Read More…]

An Open Letter to Illinois Pharmacists

Who do you think you are? Your religion does not trump mine.  If you have a moral or religious objection to dispensing medication that a woman has a legal right to, then maybe you should get another job. In your lawsuit, you said that you “believe life begins at conception, emergency contraception may act as [Read More…]