EuroSlayage or “Sometimes Being a Nerd With Your Friend Results in a PhD”

July 18th, 2016

In 2009 I attended and presented at my first ever academic conference. My very good friend and co-bartender Ian Klein had suggested we co-write a paper about Firefly’s Shepherd Book and issues of fundamentalism, atonement and atheism for an academic conference on popular culture. When I said yes, I had no idea it would become […]

The Daisy Chain or Trial by Tractarian Fiction

April 8th, 2014

The Daisy Chain, Or, Aspirations: A Family Chronicle by Charlotte Mary Yonge My rating: 2 of 5 stars I only got half way through, but that was both as far as I could handle and as far as I needed. My two reasons for finally sitting down with a Charlotte Yonge text were 1) she’s […]

The Sadness of Reading an Old Book That Isn’t Old-Enough

September 11th, 2013

Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion by Carol P. Christ My rating: 4 of 5 stars This text had been low on my Feminist Theology To-Reads simply because it was so often quoted since that I thought it might be redundant to read. But I kept feeling nudged to sit down with it on […]

Easter Haiku

March 31st, 2013

That rolled-away stone and empty grave just remind her, He’s still leaving.

Holy Saturday Haiku

March 30th, 2013

Hope met with silence. Bury your heart in that grave or believe it was true?

Palm Sunday Haiku

March 24th, 2013

Take off your cloak and lay it in the road and hope he hears your welcome


February 14th, 2013

Without our touching there is no God. Without our relation there is no God. Without our crying, our raging, our yearning, there is no God. For in the beginning is the relation, and in the relation is the power that creates the world through us, and with us, and by us, you and I, you […]

Almost Ready To Start

September 21st, 2012

I won’t really be starting work till next week, but I started moving into my research office tonight. The Roundel is the research base for Divinity Postgrads (St Mary’s is the Divinity school within the University of St Andrews). The building dates from the 1500’s, and is named for the tower that juts out onto […]

Pop Culture & The Kingdom of God

July 22nd, 2012

I never dreamed I would end my two years as an Assistant Instructor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and my four preceding years as a student, by co-teaching a new course I co-created on a topic I love, with twenty-plus amazing graduate students. But I did. A few weeks ago we celebrated […]

You Can Have My Heart: Fixing the end of the nearly-perfect ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’

June 28th, 2012

I accidentally ended up at the almost-midnight opening of Snow White & the Hunstman. I knew from the trailers that it would be visually intriguiging and was curious how the whole Snow White-as-warrior thing would work out, but I kept my expectations safely low. Within 30 seconds of the film’s opening, I was rapt and […]