In a recent sermon to my congregation in Greenwich, CT, I said the following: “You could have it all, the serpent whispered, the possibilities are endless. That was the first lie ever told, and we have believed it ever since.” The sermon topic was anxiety—the need to control more, know more, and be more than […]
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Question: “What impact can feminist theologies have domestically in the political realm in regards with US foreign policy, war and global dominance? How can feminist theologies and women’s work in the church and society influence a real change of paradigm to move effectively from the “necrophilia of patriarchy” (Mary Daly) -militarism and resource pillaging- to […]
This is the second in a series of blogs expanding the covnersation from the JFSR Roundtable to honor the 50th anniversary of Valerie Saiving’s article, “The Human Situation: A feminine View.” A newspaper clipping from the New York Times has been taped to my office door since December 2006. The heading on the page […]
Harvard Professor Karen King’s recent discovery of a Coptic papyrus that mentions Jesus’ wife and speaks of a female disciple is simply the latest contribution to a long line of discoveries about early Christian women. In stressing that hers is the first word on this papyrus, but not the last, she sets a model for […]
Dear Americans: In 1945, French philosopher Jean Paul-Sartre reflected on his visit to America and wrote, “In this land of freedom and equality there live thirteen million untouchables. They wait on your table, they polish your shoes, they operate your elevator, they carry your suitcases into your compartment, but they have nothing to do with […]
The recent Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 28.1 features a roundtable discussion on Fifty Years of Reflection on Valerie Saiving. Contributors to the Roundtable will bring the conversation to the Feminism in Religion forum to open the discussion to an interactive audience. Throughout the next few months, contributors will feature a selection from their […]
The following lines of poetry, first breathed by Sufi mystic Rumi and later masterfully translated into English by Coleman Barks, inspire both my theological locus and the way in which I make art. Rumi writes: Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. […]