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Gender Identity in Youth Ministry

I’m excited to share a new resource on gender identity for youth ministers.  Check out the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry Engage blog. In this issue of Engage,  I join with other scholars, ministers, parents, and advocates to consider the impact of gender on the faith lives of youth.  The series...

Animating Children: Dialogue on the Queer Art of Failure

Join a theological conversation related to childhood, queerness, and media studies via the Syndicate Theology blog. Here I respond to Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s book The Queer Art of Failure and the use of children and childhood as subjects and objects of ethical inquiry....

From Thanksgiving Tables to Ferguson Streets

As a white parent, I struggle with how to talk about the racialized history of our society with my white children. From the history of Thanksgiving to the events in Ferguson (and so many other cities), I wonder what I can say to my children that won’t be yet...

Using Sex + Faith as a Parent and Teen Sunday School Curriculum

Recently a colleague contacted me with some delightful news.  New to her congregation and in her first call, she had met with the parents and youth and proposed that they use my Sex + Faith book as a springboard for Sunday School conversations.  To her surprise (and I will...

Internet, Endless Memory and the Practice of Forgiveness

When the Internet never forgets, the practice of forgiveness is all the more important. In response to the ubiquity of the Internet and its incomparable ability to remember, a recent European Union Court ruled in favor of a man who requested that Google remove references to a financial issue he had...

What about boys?

As a sexuality education and feminist ethicist, I am often asked why I spend so much time talking about girls empowerment.  First, I think that is a false statement.  When parents, students, Christian educators, and so on hear me talking about gender equity, they often assume it is only...

Technology is More Than a Tool

Originally posted at Gathering Voices, TheThoughtfulChristian.com Technology is often described as a “tool” – a means by which to accomplish a task more efficiently. Telephones reach people (almost) anywhere, and they help us send messages faster than other available forms of communication (ie. handwritten letters.) Machines assemble cars, knit clothes, and...

Men Do Laundry Too!

When it comes to advertising, it’s difficult to know whether the content is reflecting society or shaping it.  In many ways, I think it is a delicate balance of both.  A Tide commercial which many of you may have already seen has caught my attention time and again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCYwAOCLiTA...

TV that’s good for kids . . . has to be good for adults!

I struggle with the perennial debate of how much and what kind of TV to let my children watch.  There are of course numerous research studies that name the negative consequences of excessive TV for children’s learning, eyesight, and attention, not to mention the ways it might socially shape...

Mother’s Day Makes Me Grateful

As yet another Mother’s day is upon us, I am reminded that even Hallmark Holidays can be a moment to reflect gratitude. In our house, we probably don’t celebrate in a traditional mother’s day manner. What I mean by that is, it isn’t a day for me, “the mom”...