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Rape culture is #notokay »

When my husband and I discovered that we were expecting a girl, we were elated. And then I started to think about what it means to be a girl growing up in America’s rape culture. I shared with my husband about the subtle and not so subtle ways I have been sexually mistreated

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What are we talking about? »

Yesterday, October 16, was Dictionary Day. Giving a dictionary to a college-bound high school graduate was once my go-to graduation gift. With all kinds of online dictionaries available these days, even the Oxford English Dictionary (!), I’ve had to come up with a new idea.

But Dictionary Day gives us a chance to define some

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Kickin’ it at boot camp »

I have attended two Women of the ELCA boot camps this year. Each one was slightly different but the main focus of the camp was the same: to share how we are redefining women’s ministry through our mission and purpose. The boot camps were designed to deliver the most updated Women of the ELCA

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Columbus Day cringe »

Every year on Columbus Day I cringe. I am grateful the churchwide ELCA does not honor it as a holiday, but I continue to be frustrated that anyone does. Celebrating Columbus reinforces myth where there was bloody, brutal violence. Celebrating Christopher Columbus supports lies and encourages people of good will to remain ignorant of the

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Hankering for connection »

I had a hankering for my Aunt Betty’s potato salad the other day.

This dish was served in the backyard when we went to her house to celebrate the July 4th holiday. Her salad, with sour cream, sans mustard, ruined me for store bought potato salad since.

It’s interesting how the memory of eating a

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Declaring war on a phrase »

The other day I overheard someone talking about her daughter, a pastor, who presided at a funeral recently and later pitched in to help the “little old ladies” clean up the kitchen after the funeral luncheon. The point she wanted to make was about how great her daughter is (which I’m sure she is),

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Curating our attention »

Recently, while killing a couple of hours in an outlet mall, I stumbled into a massive discount bookstore. I am a bit of a book snob, so an outlet mall certainly isn’t my first choice when looking for a new book to savor. But I had nowhere better to be, so I gave it a

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Fall elections must address hunger and poverty »

About this time last year, on the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, I joined with other leaders of denominations and religious organizations in pledging to end hunger at home and abroad. Read more about that here. My actions, on behalf of Women of the ELCA, stood in a long

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