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Karen Torjesen
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Karen Jo Torjesen is Margo L. Goldsmith Professor of Women’s Studies in Religion at Claremont Graduate University where she has helped establish graduate programs in Women’s Studies in Religion and Applied Women’s Studies. For ten years she served as Dean of the School of Religion, partnering with religious communities to create programs in comparative religion. She has published extensively on women, gender and sexuality within Christianity.

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Catholics and Mormons: A New Sisterhood in the Struggle for Women's Ordination

(10) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 12:33 PM

They had never met each other and had little idea beyond fragments of stereotypes of each other's faith. A panel sponsored by the Claremont Graduate University, "Catholic/Mormon Dialogue on Women's Ordination," brought them together. There were seven panelists -- Catholic: Victoria Rue (Catholic priest), Christine Haider-Winnet (Women's Ordination Conference), Jennifer...

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Christianity and Homosexuality: Conversations in Africa

(137) Comments | Posted July 7, 2012 | 10:38 AM

The night I landed in Botswana there was a dinner party. Such good luck! A lively, warm gathering of Africans from Zimbabwe, Togo, Kenya, Zambia and Botswana -- university professors of theology, Pentecostal pastors, and NGO workers dealing with HIV and AIDS. Good conversation, great Botswana beef and South African...

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Feminist Theology in the 21st Century

(16) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 11:27 AM

The lobby floor is polished porphyry gleaming a rust red hue. The walls are brushed chrome cut into blocks by slivers of light. The grand chandelier descends in tiers of red glass crystals casting a rosy glow. The ballroom, now a conference hall, is filled with religion scholars, each of...

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The Egyptian Revolution: Women, Islam And Social Change

(22) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 7:09 PM

Traffic inches through the narrow streets. Sidewalks are peppered with chairs, men in gallabiyas (tunic-like garment reaching the ankles) chatting, drinking tea or smoking the hookah. Women in hijabs threading the traffic, children in tow. Shops bustle; vendors call. Normal life -- but there is something in the air. What...

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Women Created in the Image of God

(169) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 9:06 AM

Last month I preached -- in South Africa -- in Johannesburg -- in a township -- in a Pentecostal church. In Pentecostal worship, preaching is giving your testimony. So how do I translate my life into a testimony, find the threads that connect to their experience, speak in a spiritual...

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