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Posted by Jennifer Harvey on Aug 22, 2014

This post is mostly for other white Christians.

It’s not about what we should all be doing today in response to what's happening in #ferguson and dozens of other cities today. Nearly two weeks into this spreading eruption there's so much powerful and precise writing out there now on that, that not a one among us can possibly say again, “I’m so upset and outraged, but I just don’t know what a white person’s to do.”

Find something. Do it. Right now.

But this post is about the longer haul when the tear gas canisters are finally empty. It's for those of us who love to talk about "racial reconciliation." About “welcome” and “inclusion.”

I'd bet a lot of money that if you’re a liberal white... more

Posted by Guest Author on Aug 19, 2014

This past weekend, Michael Brown – another young and unarmed black man, was murdered.

By the police.

In response, his community of #ferguson, Missouri responded en masse. The predominantly African American community has taken to the streets and given voice and body to the shared grief, indescribable outrage, and deep wounds suffered by African American communities across America.

The demonstrations evoke for me the tales and visuals of the African American civil rights movement in the 60’s. We have seen Michael Brown’s mother laying rose petals in the place where her son’s body lay for hours in the street; We have seen neighbors and friends gathered at candle light vigils, and we have seen stoic confrontations with police where members of the Ferguson community line up and face law enforcement wearing sophisticated and militarized riot gear. We have also seen something different. The police response has been especially disproportionate- characterized by local police roaming the streets in riot gear, a scene more reminiscent of an invasion of Iraq than of engaging communities wracked with grief and outrage.

Shock and Awe.

Posted by Kate Ott on Aug 18, 2014

A version of this blog was posted previously on Gathering Voices a blog of TheThoughtfulChristian.com.

Consider the following two experiments.  First, if you are on Facebook, have you probably noticed that many of your friends are missing from your newsfeed.  It isn’t because they don’t post updates.  It’s because their updates don’t fit with your preferences.  For example, if you tend to favorite and forward news stories that come from sources like FoxNews or The O’Reilly Factor, chances are you will no longer see friends’ posts that highlight sources like MSN or Rachel Madow.  Facebook’s filter decides you won’t “like” these posts and thus you don’t need to see them.   Go ahead, look up a few of your friends who you know have different viewpoints from your own and see how recently they have posted and what you have missed.

Second, google something like “draught in California” and then ask a friend to do the same thing on a different device. Chances are you will both see very different search results... more

Posted by Guest Author on Aug 8, 2014

By Christy Cobb

Theater has been one of my passions since childhood.  I acted in my first play (Alice in Alice in Wonderland) when I was in 5th grade and following that performance, theater became an important part of my life. In high school I performed in several productions and in college I pursued a double major – theater and religion.  I participated in at least one play each year before I entered academia.  A number of these productions intersected with my interest in religious studies (Godspell, The Crucible, etc.), but for the most part those aspects of my life stay separate.  Since I began graduate school I have been satisfying my desire for theater through my support of local productions.  I now live in New York City, and choices of plays and musicals abound.  While every play can be analyzed from a feminist angle and many plays also include religious themes, it is not often that I come across a play that deals directly with the feminism and religion.  Recently, though, I saw a play that did just that.

Posted by FiR on Aug 5, 2014

Job Posting: Open Rank Tenure-Track or Tenured Appointment in Arab and Muslim American Studies

Beginning Date: 1 September 2015

Institution: University of Michigan (Department of American Culture and Women's Studies)

Application Deadline: 7 October 2014

Official Posting:(https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=49180)

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, American Culture, and Women's Studies


The University of Michigan’s Departments of American Culture and Women’s Studies seek qualified applications for an open rank tenure-track or tenured appointment in Arab and Muslim American studies. Candidates with scholarly expertise and teaching interests using feminist approaches to Arab and Muslim American studies (such as frameworks of race, gender, religion and sexuality) will be considered. The search will consider candidates who focus on the U.S.... more

Posted by FiR on Jul 29, 2014

Job Posting: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Beginning Date: Fall 2015

Institution: Scripps College

Application Deadline: 1 October 2014

Official Posting: (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3984)

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Scripps College Position ID: Scripps-FGSS-TTFGSS [#3984] Position Title:  Tenure-Track Position Type: Tenure-track faculty Position Location: Claremont, California 91711, United States [map] Subject Area:  Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Appl Deadline: 2014/10/01 (posted 2014/04/02, listed until 2014/10/02) Position Description:   Apply    


Posted by Mary E. Hunt on Jul 23, 2014

If I were a member of Congress (now there’s an idea for a second career) I would hire a religion major on my staff. Actually, I would hire someone trained in feminist studies in religion because I think such people have a strong handle on what is happening around the globe.

Consider recent world events, admittedly refracted through an inside-the-Beltway lens. Who better than a student of religion to sort out the difference between Shias and Sunnis to make sense of Iraq? What econ major could understand the depths of the Hobby Lobby case in all of its evangelical complexity, much less see how the Conestoga part reflects certain Mennonite views? Gaza is a conundrum with deep religious roots that are so tangled not even the most sophisticated scholars can pull them apart. The struggle between Russia and the Ukraine has some religious dimensions as well. And what about President Obama’s Executive Order that protects gender identity as well as sexual orientation when it comes to federal contractors? With the predictable religious exemptions crowd breathing heavily, it takes someone with knowledge of what constitutes a religious organization and what does not to see how... more

Posted by FiR on Jul 21, 2014

Call for Papers: Digital Diversity 2015: Writing/Feminism/Culture

Organization/Host: University of Alberta and MacEwan University

Contact: digdiv2015@gmail.com

Deadline: 15 September 2014

Official Posting (via http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/57587): 

How have new technologies transformed literary and cultural histories? How do they enable critical practices of scholars working in and outside of digital humanities? Have decades of digital studies enhanced, altered, or muted the project to recover and represent more diverse histories of writers, thinkers, and artists positioned differently by gender, race, ethnicity, sexualities, social class and/or global location?

This conference examines the trajectory of feminist digital studies, observing the ways in which varied projects have opened up the objects and methods of literary history and cultural studies. It marks the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Orlando Project, an ongoing experiment in digital methods that produces... more

Posted by Guest Author on Jul 18, 2014

By Jacqueline Small

The Church of England’s decision this week to permit women to become bishops is a welcome change from recent news stories about the contentious relationship between Christian hierarchies and women of faith. With the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints excommunicating Kate Kelly last month because she has advocated for the ordination of Mormon women, and Pope Francis’ joking suggestion that Catholic women have all the power they need as priests’ housekeepers, the Church of England comes across as nearly progressive. Of course this decision is commendable, of course women are called to act as influential leaders in their communities, of course we who are feminists with religious convictions celebrate with our Anglican sisters. But this move, and the centuries that it has taken for the Church to approve it, highlights why it is not enough for Catholic or Mormon women to work simply for the ordination of people of all genders.... more

Posted by Guest Author on Jul 15, 2014

By Patricia Miller

The best part working on my book Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church was learning about the “foremothers” of the Catholic reproductive rights movement. Some of these women, like Rosemary Radford Ruether and Mary Daly, are well known. Others less so. One of these women, Elizabeth “Betty” Farians (1923–2013), passed away recently, leading me to reflect on the contributions of this pioneering woman.

Farians’ commitment to social justice was the thread that ran through her life. Her family knew poverty during the Depression and she was deeply influenced by the Catholic Worker Movement, with its call for reaching out to the marginalized. A talented athlete as well as a gifted student, she became a physical education teacher after college, determined to use sports to help boost girls’ self-confidence in a world that told them not to play or think too hard. She founded the first community sports league for girls in Cincinnati and insisted that it be racially integrated, a first for the area. She also took part in some of... more