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Rebecca Todd Peters is Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University. Her work as a feminist Christian social ethicist is focused on globalization, economic, environmental, and reproductive justice. Her book, In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization (Continuum, 2004), won the 2003 Trinity Book Prize. She has co-edited four books and numerous articles and book chapters. Her latest book Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World was published in 2014 with Fortress Books. She blogs at

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Celebrating Birth Control

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 5:15 PM


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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of contraceptive forms of birth control. As a 40-something woman who grew up in the wake of the sexual revolution - it's hard for me to fathom...

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Why Christians Fight About What the Bible Says

(244) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:50 PM


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Last week I wrote a blog post about the Supreme Court's deliberations regarding marriage equality. The point of the piece was to highlight that the term "biblical marriage" is largely used by conservative and...

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Biblical Marriage is Not What You Think

(720) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:17 PM

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This week's Supreme Court debates about the definition of marriage echo the same debates that have been dominant in communities and states across the country for the past several years. Justice Kennedy, who appears conflicted about where he stands...

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NC Republican Legislators Reject Facts, Embrace Emotion

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 2:17 PM


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There's no doubt that the topic of abortion is emotionally loaded. Thursday's (April 23) debate in the NC Senate over House Bill 465 revealed this in spades.

From Rep. Tricia Cotham's

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'You Can Hang 'Em From a Tree...'

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:22 AM


When I first watched the racist videos of young, white fraternity brothers casually singing their song of racism and lynching, I was transported back to my own college days in the mid-80s. I can't be absolutely sure I heard that song...

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Celebrating Feminism for International Women's Day

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 3:59 PM


March 8 is International Women's Day.

It is a day set aside to speak out for issues of justice for women -- specifically issues related to women's economic, political, and social freedom and equality around the world. Its origins lie...

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Fighting Poverty and Politics in North Carolina

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:30 PM

North Carolina has the dubious honor of leading the nation in the increase of people living in high-poverty areas. We are one of the most food insecure states in the country with over 650,000 people (17 percent) struggling to find enough food to eat and more...

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Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:45 PM


My third grader is a white child in a Title I school in our town. She's writing a report on Harriet Tubman for her Black History month project and has spent the week devouring information about Tubman and proudly sharing stories and facts...

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Finding Justice in the "Giving Season"

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Tis the season of giving. Right? From "Giving Tuesday" to Salvation Army bell ringers to frantic online donations or checks postmarked by Dec. 31, charitable giving spikes in December. The Network for Good estimates that 30 percent of annual giving occurs in December and 10 percent in the...

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Pernicious Moms Threaten Capitalism

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Mashed carrots, pureed pumpkin, roasted butternut squash. These are not the ingredients for a fabulous new fusion gourmet recipe that I'm about to share with you but a top-three list of my daughters' favorite foods when they were infants. I made the majority of their baby food, largely because it...

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