Prince Was My Third Tween Love (the naughty one)

After memorizing every word of every song on my Rick Springfield cassette tape of Living in Oz, and mooning over my poster of Michael Jackson in his yellow sweater-vest, I came of a certain-age knowing that there was something dangerous and the right amount of naughty about Prince. I knew that he was a different kind [Read More…]

Unapologetically Madonna: Sex & Religion Through the Decades

In the category of News of the Obvious, Madonna declared that her Rebel Heart tour, which kicks off in Canada on September 9, will focus on sexuality and religion: “I’m very immersed in deconstructing the concept of sexuality and religion and how it’s not supposed to go together, but in my world it goes together.” [Read More…]

4 Women & a Train Station: Reflection on an Interfaith Moment

Four women outside the entrance to Union Station, lingering in the cool breeze on a sunny summer day. Two women perched behind displays of brochures: “Do You Know Jesus?” and “What About Your Afterlife?” query passersby. One women in hijab, her religiosity also on display, watching the same crowd of travelers coming and going from [Read More…]

Dear Feminism, Let’s Talk About Religion

Gloria Steinem is right.  We have to talk about religion more.  When asked at the MAKERS Conference this week “What do you think the biggest problem with feminism today is?” she responded: Anti-feminism [laughs]. The work that women do is given no economic value whatsoever. We could go on about that. But we all know [Read More…]

Honorable Mention: Feminist Conversations in Religion

In case you’re not aware of this amazing resource and opportunity, let me introduce you to the WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual) series of teleconferences with feminist scholars of religion.  It’s a monthly teleconference featuring a short presentation by a leading feminist scholar as well as ample time for question and conversation.  [Read More…]

Meet the NotReligions: Christianity, Islam, and …?

So, apparently, we’ve been doing it all wrong.  Christianity isn’t a religion!  It’s a philosophy.  Here’s how Bill O’Reilly explains it to us: Also you heard an atheist on this program last night say the federal holiday of Christmas imposes religion on him. What religion would that be? He says Christianity. But Christianity is not [Read More…]

Can a Story Make You Believe in God?

So, can a story make you believe in God? Note:  In this post, I take up a central question posed by the framing of Life of Pi.  If you don’t want to know how it ends yet, read this post after you read the book or see the movie. “So tell me, since it makes [Read More…]

Race Still Matters. Religion … Maybe.

Results of the Millennial Values and Voter Engagement survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute in early October indicate at least one thing:  the racial divide remains.  It also indicates that Barack Obama’s support is stronger among younger voters who are Catholic, minority Protestant, and religiously unaffiliated.  For a variety of reasons, I suspect, [Read More…]


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