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Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering...

As she acknowledges both their poverty and their richness, she writes, “And only when I recognize how poor I really am do I start to understand that I am right where I need to be” (p. 116). It is in the poverty wrought by her life of privilege that she comprehends what she is being taught by the poorest of the poor.

The Truth about Christopher Columbus

October 10, 2017 With a push to change Columbus Day into a day that honors indigenous people, it's important to know the truth about who...

Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity

Perhaps a result of the author’s rhetorical-critical methodology, every effort is made throughout the monograph to recognize the agency and personhood of enslaved persons. In addition to the very premise of the book, which seeks to liberate enslaved persons in antiquity from oblivion, labels are used with careful intention.

The Intersectional Pulpit

September 11, 2017 So much to like in this post by Marcia Mount Shoop on her Peace-ing Together blog. As a pastor and a sexual assault...

Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World

Clergy or laity, Christian or otherwise, all of us carry a vital responsibility of providing hope for our rapidly changing world. Intercultural Ministry will help every reader discern diversities that had previously seemed invisible. And it will provide incentive and techniques to transcend those challenges. What a brave undertaking!

Borderline: Reflections on War, Sex, and Church

"Women in male-dominated societies are left with fewer reasonable choice in the face of structured male power. [And many] men fail to recognize that women are born into a system of scarcity [because of] male supremacy that leads them to see other women as antagonists…”

Black History Month — 28 Black Women You Should Know

February 6, 2017 February is Black History Month and that's a perfect time to spotlight some amazing women. Read about more than two dozen courageous black women...

McKenzie Brown’s Reflection on Protest— How We Prevail

I don’t want to have to protest again. I don’t want to be in a position where I must exercise my civic responsibility to stand and defend other human beings from a political leadership who would oppress them. That said, as an individual who has inherited the freedoms and privileges of American citizenship, it is a responsibility I cannot choose to ignore right now.

An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Although Junior’s book offers a basic introduction to womanist biblical interpretation, it is extensive in the amount of material it covers. One aspect of the author’s intent is to show how feminist biblical interpretation relates to African American women’s interpretation.

A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends: From Fear to Faith...

I was nervous at first reading, as I am among those anxious Christians not worried about how our country is going to go forward. And I admit I was worried that I would have trouble with the conservative-sounding opening (conservative-sounding to me, at least – proving his point about polarization). However, he mostly comes out rather progressive in his view of various issues in light of the Scriptures...

Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community

As a theology professor, Gunning Francis approaches this subject through the framework of faith in action. That spoke strongly to me. I also saw, however, that what she wrote could be helpful to those who approach the work from a more secular stance.

Christian Feminism for the 21st Century

I’m grateful that in today’s world, we can “have it all”; we can have careers and families—but this also worries me. Are we as feminists not simply buying into another of our culture’s lies, the promise of ever-more, of consumption and waste, of degradation and disposal?"

Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love

"Kim deftly weaves together Asian American theology, feminist theologies, postcolonial theory, biblical interpretation, and pneumatology to speak prophetically of the transformative and connecting power of the Spirit-Chi, energizing faith communities toward justice and care."

A Charleston Lament – #BlackLivesMatter

I am convinced that this is the lesson of Gethsemane Not Jesus crying humanly about his own impending suffering and death But rather Jesus's awareness of the depth of the intractable ruin of us The universal suffering of the other who threatens the status of the entitled just by being

Pontifical Council for Culture: Women’s (In)equality and Difference

The ridiculous assumption is that the entire culture of female identity can be explored in four days and a few tweets. It strikes me that the church may be operating under the misconception that there is only one female cultural experience, and not a myriad of individual women’s experiences across innumerable cultures.

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

She wrote this book for people like me, the unchurched, those who are too damaged, scarred, scared or pissed to return to a pew — people who are not traditionally religious, who, as she says, maybe listen to “This American Life,” who have more education than money, who for all our preciousness still want some kind of transcendent moment in our lives.

Wild Goose – She Is Here

So here's what happened on another level. Five women, sitting on a plywood platform in the woods, sang, and prayed, and beckoned Sophia to join them. And She answered by filling their hearts and bodies so full that they couldn't hold it all. So She spilled out of them, disguised as tears, and dispersed into the bark of the trees, the green of the leaves, and the sound of the river.

Truth With a Capital T and Most Christians

When most Christians see their faith being portrayed as something so fragile that it is threatened by other spiritual practices and belief systems, when most Christians see their faith being used as a hammer to bash the souls of LGBTQ people, maybe it's time for most Christians to get off their butts and do something about it.

Wild Goose Festival 2013 – Teresa B. Pasquale Interview

I would say I think in that amorphous space of the divine every tradition, every mystic, every person who has touched upon that divinity in themselves and everything else speaks of it with a very similar paradoxical vocabulary. I think in the space of inner quiet we are all full of the same holy intentions.

What Does Family Therapy Have to Do with the XL Pipeline,...

The question facing all of us is whether the unbridled dependence on oil and gas that marks our North American economies and lifestyles, or the creation-care vision articulated by environmental and Aboriginal groups, will determine our future.

Appreciating the Richness of Diverse Relationships

The goal of Mix It Up Day or any similar effort is to bring together people whose background is different from ours in some way--racially, ethnically, religiously, in sexual orientation, or any other way. Getting to know each other can be one of the richest experiences imaginable.

Fear, Fairness, and Feminism: Does It Have to Be So Lonely?

Over time I became convinced! Jesus did not condone treating any group of people as secondary and in fact demonstrated how going against societal norms was often necessary to extend grace, love, and genuine hospitality especially to the least and the last. And yet, living in this boundary where only a small number of people have chosen to put down roots at the intersection of feminism and Christianity can be lonesome.

Jann Aldredge-Clanton Interview

In Changing Church I tried to reflect not only racial and ethnic diversity, but also diversity in sexual orientation and Christian denominations. To pursue their calling some of these ministers have overcome obstacles not only of sexism but also of racism and/or heterosexism.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

I was personally impacted by Nickel and Dimed, because Ehrenreich, in part, was telling my story! For the past four years, I have been a sales associate in a large department store; and in many respects, Ehrenreich's experience parallels mine.

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism

Aronowitz and Bernstein encounter a number of young women who have already denied a feminist identity, either because the word seems connotatively loaded, or because they find the word too exclusive—a term unable to fully capture the complexity of human nature.

Matthew and Empire: Initial Explorations

This book can be extremely helpful to Christian feminists who care both about properly interpreting the Bible and who oppose all kinds of private and public oppression. There are many parallels between the ancient Roman Empire and the "American Empire" of the 21st century.

Another Blind Spot Exposed

Yet much of the history of the church -- since it became Roman under Constantine -- reflects domination of other peoples and suppression of their religious traditions and beliefs, often at the point of a sword. And today "Christian" America is fueled in part by such triumphalist theology of the Christian religious right.

Gender, Ethnicity, and Religion: Views from the Other Side

Rosemary Radford Ruether's anthology is promoting exciting new research that challenges dominant theological identities, especially S. Sue Horner's work on who we of EEWC were during each stage of the organization's development, and how that history shapes who we are today.

Feminine Mystique–Revisited

Hi Letha, I appreciated so much your discussion of the many forms of violence–especially verbal violence. I know a lot of women (and men) have...

Connections Between Feminism, Religion, and the Greek System

Dear Letha, I hope you are enjoying the festivities of the holidays. I finished up a rather grueling semester (120 pages written just the last...

Think Critically, Question Constantly, Learn Continuously, See Connections

Dear Kimberly, I was moved by your March 30 post as you continued our discussion of empathy and othering.  Our conversation seems especially timely in...

More Thoughts on Othering and Empathy

Letha, Your last post, in which you illustrated so well the harm of “othering,” named a topic that is more and more becoming a core...

Normative Restrictions: From 19th Century Victorian “Ideals” to Twilight

Dear Letha, I appreciated how in your last letter you nuanced the different patterns through which cultures control women. In this letter, I’d like to...

Dreams without Boundaries

Dear Kimberly, Last weekend, the film discussion group that I attend regularly viewed an advance screening of Amelia, the story of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, who...

What is the Role of Religious Feminists?

Dear Letha, In your last letter, you discussed the sad reality that the oppression of women has been intimately interwoven with religious dogma. I would like...

Religion, Women’s Status, and Self-image

Dear Kimberly, As you pointed out so well in your last letter, girls and women have had access to education for a relatively short time...

From Images of Women in Western Pop Culture to the State...

Dear Letha, I loved your last letter, especially how you juxtaposed the situation in Swat Valley, Pakistan with the situation of Susan Boyle in the...

More Thoughts on Women and Pride, also the Interplay of Lookism...

Dear Letha, Now it is my turn to apologize for my slow reply to your last letter! As you know, this past month has been...

Some Thoughts on Fundamentalism and Feminism

Dear Kimberly, I appreciated your honest sharing in your last letter.  Your struggles during your teenage and college years are struggles that many of us...

Faith, Rebellion, and a Larger Story

As a college sophomore I went into the office of my professor of Christian Doctrine, breaking down in tears and telling him why I was going to give up my faith. I could not submit to these expectations of submission and subservience placed on my femininity within the church circles I knew, and I could only assume there was therefore no place for me within Christianity. I was either committed to women’s rights or I was a “Bible-believing” Christian. I could not, surely, be both. (It seems that my black- and-white, either/or thinking, so trained in me by fundamentalism itself, was even at work in my recanting!)

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