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Posted by Susanne Scholz on Sep 16, 2014

Ever since I saw the photo of the kneeling James Foley, dressed in orange clothes in the desert sand, with the black-clothed and veiled executioner standing with a knife in his left hand behind him, I feel again haunted by the fundamentalist Islamic sense of primal drama.  This newest image, too, captures the imagination of apocalyptic horror movies, just like the 9/11 moments of the two planes flying into the twin towers.  These are archetypical scenes, static and unchanging depictions of good versus evil and life versus death.  They communicate so vividly to the twenty-first century Western audience the Freudian death drive in the patriarchal-militaristic psyche that does not often find such immediately accessible visuals although flying drones bombing children and people from the air, without a pilot in sight, also capture this deep-seated human fear of murderers without a face.  These contemporary war scenes seem to teach us that today's forces of death are strong, relentless, and apparently anonymous.    

Posted by FiR on Sep 15, 2014

Call for Papers: 'At the Cutting Edge’: New Postgraduate Writing on Gender, Religion and Theology in the Asia Pacific Region

Journal: Seachanges Journal, Special Issue, 2015

Deadline (abstracts): 29 September 2014

Official Posting:

Seachanges is the journal of the Women Scholars in Religion and Theology (WSRT) network, which was established in 1993 as a way of our continual commitment to networking with women scholars across the Asia Pacific region, and encouraging the scholarship of women in the fields of religion and theology. Seachanges is a fully referred scholarly journal with 6 Issues published to date, and with free access at http://wsrt.asn.au/

This special issue is designed to showcase current research being undertaken by postgraduate students across the Asia Pacific region. Postgraduate research is typically at the forefront of cutting edge theory, praxis and argument and contributes substantially to our understandings of the location of gendered groups in relation to practices and theories of religion and theology. Papers are invited in interdisciplinary and disciplinary... more

Posted by Grace Ji Sun Kim on Sep 8, 2014

Asian American woman have lived and suffered in a problematic cycle of racism from the wider community and patriarchy from within the Asian American community.

I attended my first Feminist Studies in Religion (FSR) Leadership meeting in June 2014 and learned a lot about its history and its organization. Through this meeting, I came to appreciate the long historical development, as well as the goals and achievements of the FSR.

During a casual lunch conversation, a few of us were brainstorming on what the next roundtable topic might be for the next FSR journal publication. I suggested that we focus a roundtable around Asian American Feminist Theology. I wondered if there had already been a journal edition that already covered such an issue.

While going through the archives of the journal publication, we discovered that there has never been a roundtable on Asian American Feminist Theology during the past thirty years. This reality hit me hard. It reinforced my own understanding of how Asian American women and their role have become invisible within the dominant culture and society. This is another example of how woman are pushed to the margins and left there... more

Posted by FiR on Sep 8, 2014

Job Posting: The Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) - Communications and Knowledge Building Program Coordinator

Institution: AWID (Association For Women's Rights in Development)

Application Deadline: 21 September 2014

Official Posting: (http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-at-AWID/Challenging-Religious-Fund...)

The Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) - Communications and Knowledge Building Program Coordinator is a full-time position reporting to the CF Manager, who will support the strategic objectives of CF with an emphasis in the area of knowledge building and communications.

Deadline:           September 21, 2014

Location:           Work location is open

Organization:     AWID

Overview of the Program

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international feminist organization working to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of women's rights advocates, organizations and movements internationally.... more

Posted by Guest Author on Sep 4, 2014

By Carolyn Davis

From Capitol Hill to the student union, sexual violence on college campuses has recently received a wave of much-needed attention. Institutions across the nation have commissioned special task forces to address rising reports of sexual assault, prompted by national efforts from state and federal lawmakers. Despite this new emphasis, an old assumption persists—student life and administrative officials consider handling sexual assault to be largely their problem. This perception creates a missed opportunity for faculty to consider their role in addressing sexual violence on campus.

As Simona Sharoni, Faculty Against Rape co-founder and Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh notes in a recent FAR press release, “Faculty must play a role in addressing the growing epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses because good teaching begins with compassion for students. Moreover, faculty are on the frontlines since survivors of rape or sexual assault tend approach a professor to share their experiences.” (Check out FAR’s 7 Things You Can Do to Prevent Campus Rape... more

Posted by Emilie Townes on Sep 3, 2014

The third event that changed my attitude [of moving from the realm of privacy to my involvement in the peace movement] was my study of the prophets of ancient Israel, a study on which I worked for several years until its publication in 1962. From them I learned the niggardliness of our moral comprehension, the incapacity to sense the depth of misery caused by our own failures. It became quite clear to me that while our eyes are witness to the callousness and cruelty of man, our heart tries to obliterate the memories, to calm the nerves, and to silence our conscience.

There is immense silent agony in the world, and the task of man is to be a voice for the plundered poor, to prevent the desecration of the soul and the violation of our dream of honesty.

The more deeply immersed I became in the thinking of the prophets, the more powerfully it became clear to me what the lives of the prophets sought to convey: that morally speaking there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings. It also became clear to me that in regard to cruelties committed in the... more

Posted by Grace Ji Sun Kim on Sep 2, 2014

A version of this blog was posted previously at The Huffington Post.  This post is about women of color clergywomen and ending discrimination. 

The Women of Color will hold a Launch Event on October 17 and 18, 2014, at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, in Harlem, NY.  All are welcome to attend. Please share this post with your church and friends.

At last, the lens of fairness and justice are about to be nationally focused on the discrimination, prejudice, and sexism suffered by women of color in ministry. Women of color are entering every phase of ministry in large numbers. Yet, they are still being met with closed doors and glass ceilings. Change is way overdue! Now, women of color in ministry are finally organizing and systematically moving to end that discrimination.

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