Be Afraid

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I’ve never understood the appeal of haunted houses or roller coasters or scary movies. I don’t enjoy being afraid and can’t imagine how it can be a form of entertainment. I vividly remember being terrified at haunted houses as a child, and demanding at one that they let me out before the end because it [Read More...]

Voices on Ferguson

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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...]

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...]

Racism, Sexism, & The Holiday Classics

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I just ruined “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for my husband this year.  He’s endlessly irritated that I made him read this Salon article pointing out how the 1940s winter tune is a date rape anthem.  She says no.  He plies her with drink.  Hey … did he put something in the drink?  Isn’t it sweet? [Read More...]

Truth, Generosity, & Gratitude

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In a longer piece at Feminism and Religion last year, Carol Christ shared this story about celebrating Thanksgiving at her home in Greece: Before we shared the meal, my friends, Greek, Australian, and British, asked me to explain what Thanksgiving is.  Here is what I said: “When we were young, we learned in school that [Read More...]

Subservient or Subversive, The Butler Works in a Man’s World

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I resisted seeing The Butler.  After the mess that was The Help, here came yet another movie valorizing the black domestic.  Yes, this time it would have the sweep of history and the he-was-there-for-it-all thing going on, featuring an Oscar-bait cast.  But really, did I have to reward another portrayal of subservient roles that a [Read More...]

Race, Class, & J.K. Rowling

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I finally got a chance to read The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s first published non-Harry Potter book, and I’m trying to remember why it got lackluster reviews.  But I don’t want to go back and read any of them because I found it captivating. Maybe it was too soon on the heels of Hogwarts, or [Read More...]

At the Intersection of Fruitvale & Clay

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The following is an excerpt of a piece I wrote that was published earlier this month in my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier: I left some flowers at the corner of Morton and Clay … just a few I’d picked from my garden and tied with a ribbon, laid on the corner next to a [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...]

“Maybe God is an Angry Feminist”

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Oh, I hope so. I am absolutely in love with this new piece at Sarah Over the Moon on the Spirituality Channel here at Patheos. Last week I shared some lyrics and a video recording of Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s hymn “God Like a Woman Long in Labor Cries,” as well as the text from Isaiah 42 [Read More...]


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