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Gaia, Sallie McFague, and You Walk into a Bar. . . Christian Ecofeminist Theology Today
by Erica Lea
Celebrate Earth Day by learning more about Christian Ecofeminist Theology. “It is not enough to talk about creation care and preservation—or even enough to make meaningful changes, big and small, for positive creation stewardship. “


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Blind Spots and New Vision: Virginia Mollenkott’s The Divine Feminine

Reviewed by JoMae Spoelhof


Latest Reta’s Reflections blog post “Sheep Parables and Temple Festivals—John 10:1-42″ Studies in John’s Gospel—Lesson 24
Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.


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Carrie Newcomer’s “A Permeable Life”
Reviewed by Rev. Deb Vaughn
A great new CD by one of our favorite musicians!


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“Mom, I’m Gay”: Loving Your LGBTQ Child without Sacrificing Your Faith

by Susan Cottrell
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


New ViewPoint - World Vision: Treating Gay Christians with “Dignity and Respect”? by Criselda Marquez.  Criselda Marquez writes about World Vision’s decision to rescind their policy change regarding married lesbian and gay Christians’ eligibility for employment.


Latest Reta’s Reflections blog post “What Really Happened?”: Story Becomes History— John 9:1-41 Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.


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Fred Phelps is dead. And I’m glad for him.  Marg writes about Fred Phelps on the Where She Is blog. “‘If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see in the dark’ (1 John 2:11, CEV). Perhaps Fred Phelps is no longer walking in the dark.”


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Eternity’s Sunrise: William Blake’s Vision of Christ

by Lloyd C. Welling
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


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Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future

by Elizabeth Esther
Reviewed by Casey O’Leary


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Who Is Blind and Who Can See? A One-Act Comedy in Six Scenes— John 9:1-41″ Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.


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The Invention of Wings: A Novel
by Sue Monk Kidd
Reviewed by Kenetha Stanton


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Stones of Humiliation for Adulterers—John 7:53-8:11″ Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.

 


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The Oriented to Love Dialog  Marg shares a week-long series of posts inspired by her participation in the Oriented to Love dialog, a program sponsored by Evangelicals for Social Action. Over the course of three days thirteen people with different opinions explored the issue of “sexual diversity and the church.”
Posts inspired by the Oriented to Love dialog:
Introduction to the Series
Of the Mystery and Miracles
Questions and Consequences
All these Words
What Am I Really Afraid Of?
The Huge Knot of Misunderstanding
The Unbelievable Bottom Line (on the Evangelicals for Social Action website)


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Living Water and Eternal Light—John 8:12-59″ - Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.


New ViewPoint - “On Christian Femininity and Bragging Rights “  by Esther Emery.  Maybe women need to be “a little less quick to slap down a compliment with, “Oh, isn’t God great? God did it. I didn’t do it. It wasn’t me.”


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“Artist Shawna Khalily and the Strength of the Feminine”  Marg introduces readers to the hand-colored woodcut prints of artist Shawna Khalily and discusses what her work illuminates about God’s strength.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “The Trial before the Trial—John 7:1-52″ - Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.

 


New ViewPoint - “The Little Sisters of the Poor And The Health Care Mandate”  “I have no problem with devout Catholics following the teachings of the Church. But when I am required to live by those teachings, even if I do not agree with them, I am annoyed. ” - Rev. Deb Vaughn


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Rabboni, My Love: A memoir of Jesus’ Wife, Mary Magdalene

by June Kerr
Reviewed by Mark Mattison


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Sister Wives, Prostitution, and a Biblical Role for Government
by Julia Stronks
Julia Stronks examines recent court rulings about the role of government in regulating intimate behavior, including polygamy and prostitution.


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The Adventures of a Small Town Female Pastor
by Ann Steiner Lantz
Ann Steiner Lantz, with grace and humor, writes about the unanticipated challenges she faced when assigned to pastor a small town church.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Turning Back and Dropping Out—John 6:59-71″ - Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.

 


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“Gay Christian Network Conference Coverage”  Check out the Gay Christian Network’s Conference coverage on Where She Is.  Latest posts from the conference:
There Will Be Some Tears (Thursday)
We are Broken (Friday)
Rachel Held Evans’ Presentation Summary (Saturday)
And There Was Singing (Sunday)


New ViewPoint - “Why Doesn’t Church Work Anymore?”  Esther Emery does have an answer.  “I wonder, sometimes, if our disenchantment with flesh-and-blood church is simply a matter of having access to a profoundly effective and spiritually satisfying alternative.”  She’s talking about the Internet.


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When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

By Addie Zierman
Reviewed by Kenetha J. Stanton


Reta’s Reflections blog post “The Bread that Comes Down from Heaven – John 6:30-58″ - Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.


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Women and Transitions: A New Year’s Reflection
by Diane Marshall
Family therapist Diane Marshall writes about the transitions women face throughout life and how endings can open the door to new beginnings.


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

By Nadia Bolz-Weber
Reviewed by Susan Campbell


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My First Encounter with Religious Doubt: The Day I Stopped Believing in Santa Claus
Letha Dawson Scanzoni sees her thought processes in giving up her childhood belief in Santa Claus as an example of how religious doubt works.


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Prayers, Santa, and a Nativity:  Government Support of Worldviews
Political science professor Julia Stronks explains the legal reasoning behind Supreme Court cases about religion in the public square in a pluralistic society.


New ViewPoint - “Reflections from South Africa Upon Nelson Mandela’s Death”  EEWC-Christian Feminism Today member Xana McCauley, a resident of South Africa. shares her thoughts and experience as a nation mourns Nelson Mandala.


New ViewPoint - “Are Women Broads? The Power of Words”  Reverend Deb Vaughn reminds readers that language matters.  The words we use to describe ourselves and others can motivate or destroy.


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Contraception, Religious Freedom, and the Supreme Court
Political science professor Julia Stronks explains the history, legal arguments, and principles behind the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case before the Supreme Court.


New ViewPoint - “More Than One Way to Do Money God’s Way?”  Alena Amato Ruggerio addresses the online disagreement between Rachel Held Evans and Dave Ramsey about Tom Corley’s  “20 Things the Rich Do Every Day.”


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“Dave Ramsey’s Missed Opportunity”  Casey O’Leary guest posts on Where She Is, responding to the Dave Ramsey controversy.  “Had Ramsey responded differently to his critics the resulting discussion might have served to lessen the stigma of being poor in one of the richest countries in the world.”


New ViewPoint - “Sex-Positive Marital Fidelity and the Feminine Face of God”  Ester Emery writes, “Where the problem is objectification of the female, restoration comes in knowing the divinity of the female. Where the problem is profanity and commodification of our sexual selves, restoration comes in knowing sex as a sacred union: a mystical union between two expressions of God’s presence in the world.”


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“Equality as a Multiple Choice Test”  In this Thanksgiving week post Marg discusses how we might deal with the frustration of knowing that some of the people we love just can’t seem to support LGBT equality to the extent we wish they could.


Old Treasures

New Old Treasures Article – “Becoming” An Old Treasure is one of our favorite articles from the print version of Christian Feminism Today which has been republished on the website.  Our latest Old Treasure feature is a 2001 article written by Letha Dawson Scanzoni, “Becoming.”


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Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
by Sarah Bessey
A Review Essay by Marg Herder


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“What we might learn about what comes next, from those who came before”  Marg Herder wonders why Christian feminists continue to address those opposed to our views using the same methods and arguments we’ve used for 40 years. She suggests it might be time to try something different.


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The Gospel of Mary: An Inclusive Gospel
by Mark M. Mattison
Mark M. Mattison, author of The Gospel of Mary: A Fresh Translation and Holistic Approach, provides an engaging introduction to the Gospel of Mary.


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Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation

by Reta Halteman Finger and George D. McClain
Reviewed by Becky Kiser


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Maggie Anton’s Historical Fiction Novels

by Maggie Anton
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


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A Christian University, a Transgender Professor, and Employment Justice:  Conflict in the Law
Political science professor Julia Stronks explores the legal aspects of Azusa Pacific University’s dismissal of a transgender theology professor.


New ViewPoint To Revere the Image of God in Every Person
by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. Virginia reminds us that all people, including the transgendered and intersexed among us, are created in the image of God.


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“The God We Serve – Adam Ackley, Azusa Pacific University, and EEWC”
In asking transgender professor Adam Ackley to resign, Marg Herder says Azusa Pacific University illuminates what god they serve.
On the Where She Is blog.


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Disappearing Bees, Disappearing Believers
Karen Kidd sees the baffling disappearance of honeybees (“colony collapse disorder”) as a metaphor for what is happening in today’s churches.


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mending broken: a personal journey through the stages of trauma + recovery

by Teresa B. Pasquale
Reviewed by Casey O’Leary


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Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships 

by James V. Brownson
Reviewed by Kenetha J. Stanton


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Two Books on Violence in Scripture 

by Eric A. Seibert
Reviewed by Reta Halteman Finger


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Ordered Order—Conservative Christians’ Love Affair with Hierarchy
by Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha discusses conservative Christians’ view of social order based on hierarchy, with assigned roles for husbands and wives.


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Wounded by God’s People

by by Anne Graham Lotz
Reviewed by Kathy Vestal


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When Christians Contemplate Suicide
by Cliff Williams
Philosophy professor Cliff Williams explains why some Christians have attempted suicide and how others could have helped them feel cared about.


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From Kingdom to Kin-dom—and Beyond
by Reta Halteman Finger
Learn about the origin and meaning of the term “kin-dom” and why some Christians use it instead of the word “kingdom.”


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Enticed by Eden: How Western Culture Uses, Confuses, (and Sometimes Abuses) Adam and Eve

by Linda S. Schearing and Valarie H. Ziegler
Reviewed by Kendra Weddle Irons


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Princeton, Demons, and Fundamentalists (a review essay)

The Accursed: A Novel
by Joyce Carol Oates
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


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There Is More than One Christian View on Homosexuality
by Letha Dawson Scanzoni
After the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and Prop 8 it seemed there was only one Christian view presented in the media, one of intolerance.  Letha Dawson Scanzoni makes it clear that is certainly not the only Christian view.


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Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism
by David R. Swartz
Reviewed by Mark William Olson


New ViewPoint “God is Not a Guy, and Neither Am I!” by Jann-Aldredge Clanton  ViewPoint is a blog in which different writers express their personal perspectives on various topics of current interest. It’s a blog of many voices.


Old Treasures

New Old Treasures Article – “The ‘She’ in My Pocket” An Old Treasure is one of our favorite articles from the print version of Christian Feminism Today which has been republished on the website.  Our latest Old Treasure feature is a 2009 article written by Marg Herder, “The ‘She’ in My Pocket.”


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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”  
by Rachel Held Evans
Reviewed by Alena Amato Ruggerio


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The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith  
by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


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My Path to Christian Feminism
by Gary L. Tandy
Professor Gary Tandy tells how experience, relationships, and Jesus’ example caused him to reject restrictive church teachings on women.

 

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