Call Me Mara: The Strength & Courage to Admit We are Not ‘Fine’


In the book of Ruth in the bible, we have a story of love, but this is a love story of women who live out true sisterhood. It is a story of the relationship between two widowed women: Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. The book of Ruth is special for many reasons. First, women are … Continue reading Call Me Mara: The Strength & Courage to Admit We are Not ‘Fine’

Holy Saturday: Waiting, Weeping, Wondering


Today is Holy Saturday, a day of waiting, weeping and wondering. Many of us know what it is like to sit in silence and wait for an unknown future. We have sat in hospital waiting rooms while a loved one is in surgery, we have waited for a call from the doctor with test results … Continue reading Holy Saturday: Waiting, Weeping, Wondering

Favorite reads of 2021


Well, it is that time of year again. I've reviewed the list of books I read this past year, and these were my favorites (in no particular order): Feminist Approaches to the Bible by Phyllis Trible Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks Reading the Bible from the Margins by Miguel A. de … Continue reading Favorite reads of 2021

Jephthah’s Daughter: The Dangers of Patriarchy


After her death, Jephthah’s daughter is remembered by the daughters of Israel, but does the biblical narrative of her death attempt to praise her for simply being an obedient daughter? If so, should one be satisfied with celebrating adherence to patriarchal values, especially when it had disastrous results? Is justice served to this daughter of … Continue reading Jephthah’s Daughter: The Dangers of Patriarchy

The Woman of Thebez and a Stone of Remembrance


While we may not remember the heroic woman of Thebez, she was remembered in Israelite history, particularly by those engaged in battle. In the story of David and Bathsheba, David commanded Joab to send Uriah to the front of the battle so that he was sure to be killed. After the battle, Joab sends a … Continue reading The Woman of Thebez and a Stone of Remembrance