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The “proper” observation of Advent and gender and class roles

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes has written an insightful blog post on the kerfuffle over the “proper” observation of Advent. While Advent is supposed to be a season of fasting and introspection, “Christmas creep” has taken it over, with luxury Advent calendars and office parties crowding out the quiet. There have been discussions of this phenomenon, and calls to resist, to focus on meditation and contemplation. Threfall-Holmes points out though, that in order to have the feasting season of Christmas, someone must prepare […]

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Feminists and feminist thought in the Mormon Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a surprisingly deep history of feminist thought, which Dr. Joanna Brooks talks about in an interview with The Huffington Post’s Spirituality and Religion editor. Dr. Brooks and her co-editors have an upcoming anthology, Mormon Feminism Essential Writings, exploring the history of feminism in the Mormon Church.

Sadly, there is no transcript available, but Dr. Brooks has recently written an article for HuffPo covering much of the same

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‘Ex Machina’ … robotic humanity or misogyny?

By Bonnie Anderson and Dan Webster

The title comes from a Latin phrase, deus ex machina, that referred to god from a machine and originated in Greek drama.

A computer search engine mogul (Oscar Isaac) is a computer whiz. He’s invited his top programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) to his secretive hideaway to evaluate a robot (Alicia Vikander) he’s created and how advanced its artificial intelligence is. It seems simple enough. Star Trek Next Generation fans will recall an episode (The Measure of a […]

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Benefits of having women in leadership

Although science has never found a link between biology and leadership qualities, women in leadership is often treated as an open question. Perhaps because women have been barred from leadership roles for so long, both by custom and law, many people publicly question the quality of candidates in a pool made up exclusively of women.

The question is rarely handled directly, but is usually tacked on to other issues as a kind of ‘rider issue’. In the aftermath of the tragic […]

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We need the real Mary

Feast Day of St. Mary the Virgin

It is astounding the distortion that surrounds the figure of Jesus’ mother. She has, through the centuries, been touted as a model of submissive subservience. She has been worshipped as a pure and perfect sinless maiden. Sexless, devoid of all negative emotion – the mythology that surrounds her is so daunting that even feminists exploring with new eyes the women who figure in the stories of our faith tradition have […]

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