“Stories with Honesty” :: A Twitterview with Joanna Brooks

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Students in my first year seminar read a series of religious autobiographies this fall, including Joanna Brooks’  The Book of Mormon Girl.  I’ve written a bit about the book previously here and here, and shared a bit about Mormon feminist activism here. On the last day of our discussion of the book last month, I [Read More...]

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...]

“… and I Would Like to Listen”

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On Saturday, October 5, 2013, two church bodies faced significant moments in the history of their inclusion of women.  Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was installed as the first woman presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, something I’ve already written about.  And on this same past Saturday in Salt Lake City, Mormon women held [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...]

When Pants Are Political

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Did you miss the Mormon feminist day of action in December?  It was a small and significant moment for women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wearing pants.  To church.  On a Sunday. Joanna Brooks explained in a piece at The Huffington Post on December 14: Mind you, wearing pants to church [Read More...]

Imagining a Different Inaugural Benediction

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You may or may not have been following the controversy around President Obama’s first choice to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration next week.  In short, he kept with his own practice of choosing a public opponent to gay and lesbian rights in selecting Louis Giglio to do this time what Rick Warren did [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Mormon Girl Part Two – Daily Show Edition!

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I posted last week about Joanna Brooks’ newly expanded The Book of Mormon Girl.  Here she is on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last Thursday, with more exclusive to the web.  I especially enjoyed her “behind the scenes” narrative of what her first visit to THE. DAILY. SHOW! was like.  Here’s a bit: “The [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: The Book of Mormon Girl

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If you haven’t yet read The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of An American Faith by Joanna Brooks, you really should.  A new edition is being published today with The Free Press/Simon and Schuster, slightly expanding the beautiful book that was issued last year.  I was drawn to read it last year in part [Read More...]


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