Why do sports matter so much to so many people? And why should we care? Far from a distraction or a trivial past time, sports tell us deep truths about ourselves. Big-time sports are a particularly potent mirror for humanity—reflecting both our promising possibilities and our demonic distortions.
Race and privilege are issues that cry out for new kinds of attention and healing in American society.
More specifically we are being called to surface the dynamics of whiteness especially in contexts where whites have had the most power in America. The church is one of those contexts—particularly churches that have been traditionally been seen as the stalwarts of the American religious landscape— Mainline Protestant churches.
What does it mean to have a body? And how do our bodies and their created nature connect to what it means to be a Christian? These questions require a new attentiveness to the language of the body for us to truly engage the answers. Even though Christianity is, at its core, an incarnational faith, bodies have been neglected and even rejected as a life-giving part of the human spiritual journey in much of the Christian tradition. Sin has been the central theological category used to describe and understand embodied existence. Let the Bones Dance explores the spiritual and theological promise of bodies by listening to the stories, poetics, and metaphors of embodied experience. Making space for body language to be honored invites the church as the Body of Christ to breathe in new vitality. Let the Bones Dance is an incarnational theology with healing at its heart.
How does God call us? The answers are as different as we are.
Sometimes God summons us through the Church and sometimes in spite of the Church. In the depths of loss and confusion God speaks to us, beckoning us to follow an unexplored path. While we are heading in one direction, God surprises us with an undeniable invitation to go another way.
In this collection, twelve constructive theologians investigate the conditions under which women enter a written theological tradition.
How have women historically justified their writing practices? What constraints, both internal and external, shape their capacity to write theology? While much work has been done by feminists in recovering the lives and voices of women from the history of Christianity—and even more constructive and creative progress has been made in the areas of feminist, womanist, mujerista, Asian, and postcolonial theologies—these essays take a step back to ask about the conditions of our writing. What allows and what inhibits women’s writing practices? And, moreover, what does it mean for women to enter a written theological tradition that has been based on their exclusion? Through historical accounts, theoretical analyses, and contemporary constructions, the essays in this volume take up these questions.
Marcia Mount Shoop is the author of “Thy Presence is My Stay”, a chapter in the anthology, Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay, edited by Gina Messina-Dysert, Jennifer Zobair, and Amy Levin, with a foreword by Judith Plaskow, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Amina Wadud. From White Cloud Press
Marcia Mount Shoop is the author of the chapter “Consider Silence” in the forthcoming Anthology Erotic Faith: Desire, Suffering, and Transformation in the Incarnational Faith of Wendy Farley, Mari Kim, Editor
Forthcoming from Sopher Press.
“A Conversation about Ethnography and Poetics in the Theological Method” With Susan Dunlap, Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and Marcia Mount Shoop
Video: “A Conversation about Ethnography and Poetics in the Theological Method”
With Susan Dunlap, Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and Marcia Mount Shoop
From the Spring 2013 issue of Practical Matters Journal