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Karen Torjesen

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

(10) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:33 AM

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 | 9:38 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 | 10:27 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 | 6:09 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 | 8:06 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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