A FemFaith Farewell

“But yet, it’s not really an end. Those of you who are just now discovering the FemFaith discussions can be assured its archives will remain, and the topics of our posts are as relevant today as when we wrote them. We enjoyed taking turns in picking the topics and then writing the lead essays to which the other two of us responded. All in all, we produced 22 posts. Continue reading

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It’s Not All About Millennials!

“As I witness all this hand-wringing about the millennials and their place in the church, the explanations and apologies and deconstructions, I can’t help but wonder why we assume that middle-aged folks attend church for the inauthentic worship experiences, seeking only an artifice to carry them through Sunday morning. And that the elderly are more intrigued by style than by substance.” Continue reading


The Female Breast: Our Culture’s Obsession and Ambivalence

“It seems we humans can’t make up our minds about whether to think of women’s breasts as natural physical structures designed to provide nourishment for infants, or as distracting and exciting erotic appendages, or as just something else about the human body to be ashamed of—or dissatisfied with.” Continue reading


Fearing the Feminine or Embracing Our Mother

“Multiplied over the course of a lifetime, it is easy to see how our culture reinforces male preference at the same time it methodically undermines any sense of well-being and confidence a woman works to cultivate. Our exclusive language continues to make women invisible and in some cases our derogatory language aimed at women reinforces an insidious sexism that is more difficult to expunge than the more easily located, explicit variety. Adding to this difficulty is our deep resistance to embrace feminine language and images for the divine.” Continue reading


A Christian at the “Final Feminist Frontier”—Housework

“As a Christian, a spouse, and a mother who longs for her family to be happy, healthy, and comfortable, I suppose I should see the house tasks I complete as a servant’s work, part of the way I express love to those I care about most. At least I think this is what I should do, which makes me feel extra doses of guilt each time I begrudgingly shove another load of clothes into the wash, or pick up shoes from the hallway for the zillionth time—shoes my husband and my boys have walked right over without really seeing or caring that they are a potential stumbling hazard.” Continue reading


“Having it all” or “Being it all”?

“Much of the media buzz about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,’ has focused less on what I consider the book’s intended message and more on the unending debates about whether women can combine marriage and children with pursuing a career outside the home—often boiled down to the overly simplistic question, “Can women have it all?” Apart from the fact that the question isn’t asked of men—nor is it even acknowledged that no one can possibly “have it all” (a point Sandberg herself makes)—I think it’s the wrong question and the wrong goal. Rather, I think life is not about “having it all” but about “being it all”—all that we can possibly be. . . .” Continue reading


A Message to the Boy Scouts

“On the other hand, the values described on the BSA website as undergirding the organization clearly call for inclusiveness, perhaps a blind spot for those who have never felt themselves to be on the outside. Among the twelve values each scout is to uphold, being friendly, the website claims, entails learning to understand those who are different from oneself, respecting others’ customs and ideas. Being kind, the scouts are told, involves treating others as you would like to be treated while being reverent includes respecting the beliefs of those of various faith traditions.” Continue reading

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