Thursday, August 1, 2013

ESWTR Colloquy at the Annual Meeting of the AAR in November 2013

A Compendium of Critical Commentary on the Books of the Bible and Related Literature (Eerdmans, 2012)

The North American Chapter of the European Society of Women in Theological Research (NAESWTR) is proud to sponsor yet another Colloquy at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in November 2013 (

Here are the details:


European Society of Women in Theological Research

Theme: Colloquy

Sheila Briggs, University of Southern California, Presiding

Sunday - 4:00 PM-6:00 PM (November 24, 2013)

Room Assignments Available Only to Members. Login here and then click the Program Book link at the top of the page to return.

Everyone is welcome to this panel discussion based on the translated feminist Bible commentary, edited by Luise Schottroff and Marie-Theres Wacker, entitled Feminist Biblical Interpretation: A Compendium of Critical Commentary on the Books of the Bible and Related Literature (Eerdmans, 2012). For additional information, please contact Susanne Scholz at


Caroline Vander Stichele, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Deborah Rooke, University of Oxford

Helen Leneman, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Johanna Erzberger, Institut Catholique de Paris

Dora Rudo Mbuwayesango, Hood Theological Seminary


Marie-Theres Wacker, University of Münster


God Loves Diversity and Justice

Just to make sure that you all know about this most recent book, I am adding a little advertisement about it. 

It's a fun book with a serious theological theme and I am so delighted to have gathered some of my very wonderful colleagues in this volume.  They discuss the title from their various perspectives and it is one unbelievably interesting, illuminating, and challenging discussion. 

The publisher, Lexington Books (An Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield), did a great job in producing this beautiful volume. 

Here is the beautiful cover image with the art from Dyana Jean:

You can purchase a copy of the book here:
And, of course, also here and elsewhere:

Here is an additional description of the book:

"Both personal and scholarly in tone, this book encourages readers to think theologically, ethically, and politically about the statement that declares: “God loves diversity and justice.” The multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-disciplinary, and multi-gendered identities of the eleven contributors and two respondents deepen the conversation. It considers questions such as: Do we affirm or challenge this theological statement? Do we concentrate on “God” in our response or do we interrogate what diversity and justice mean in light of God’s love for diversity and justice? Alternatively, do we prefer to ponder the verb, to love, and consider what it might mean for society if people really believed in a divinity loving diversity and justice? Of course, there are no easy and simple answers whether we consult the Sikh scriptures, the Bible, the Qur’an, the movies, the Declaration of Human Rights, or the transgender movement, but the effort is worthwhile. The result is a serious historical, literary, cultural, and religious discourse that fends against intellectually rigid thought and simplistic belief systems across the religious spectrum. In our world in which so much military unrest and violence, economic inequities, and religious strife prevail, such a conversation nurtures theological, ethical, and political possibilities of inclusion and justice."

Edited by Susanne Scholz
Contributions by Pat Davis; Maria A. Dixon; Marc H. Ellis; Victoria Fontan; Serge Frolov; Susanne Johnson; Gordene MacKenzie; Pamela J. Milne; Qudsia Mirza; Nancy Nangeroni; Joerg Rieger; Isam M. Shihada; Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh and Sze-kar Wan

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May 2013 • $60.00 • (£37.95)
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978-0-7391-7319-0 • eBook
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Here is the Table of Contents:

Introduction: From Progressive Theological Discourse to Changing the World
Susanne Scholz

Chapter 1: God Is Diversity and Justice: A Feminist Sikh Perspective
Nikky-Guninder K. Singh
Chapter 2: As Long As You Are Doing Something: A Secular Feminist Perspective from Canada
Pamela J. Milne
Chapter 3: I AM, Who Loves the Prophets, Loves You: Meditations on the Progressive/Prophetic at the End of Jewish History
Marc H. Ellis

Chapter 4: A World without Tags: A Progressive Palestinian Muslim Scholar Speaks
Isam Shihada
Chapter 5: Class Matters in an Age of Empire: A White Feminist Working-Class American Speaks
Susanne Johnson

Chapter 6: Celebrating Diversity Is Not What It’s All About: A Progressive White Male German-American Theologian Speaks
Joerg Rieger
Chapter 7: Does God Really Love Diversity? Biblical Counter-Examples from a Chinese-American Perspective
Sze-Kar Wan

Chapter 8: Diversity, Justice, and the Bible for Grown-Ups: A Jewish Russian-Israeli-American Hebrew Bible Scholar Speaks
Serge Frolov
Chapter 9: The Exiled Native: The Paradox of the Black Scholar
Maria Dixon
Chapter 10: Justice Is at the Core: The Law, Justice, and Gender Equality in Islamic Feminism
Qudsia Mirza
Chapter 11: Transgender Spirituality: Finding Justice through Activism and Love
Gordene McKenzie and Nancy Nangeroni

Chapter 12: Reflections on “God Loves Diversity and Justice”: A (Modern) Human Rights Perspective
Pat Davis
Chapter 13: Should God Remain? A Response from the Perspective of Peace and Conflict Studies
Victoria Fontan

Fourteen scholars from a diversity of backgrounds, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh, white, African-American, Asian, believers and non-believers, struggle with this affirmation about God, love, diversity and justice and all agree that together we must work for a world that affirms diversity with justice. A book well worth pondering.
Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont School of Theology and Graduate University

The title of this collection of provocative essays makes a bold statement, which most of the authors support with arguments from religious texts and skillful critical analysis, while others dispute or regard as beside the point. An underlying question here is the role religion plays in upholding justice and celebrating diversity, toward healing the wounds of our fragmented and ailing global community. Religious believer or not, the reader is challenged to think, and to take a stand for oneself.
Ruben L.F. Habito, Southern Methodist University and author of Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World (2006)

Women, Yoga, and maya

 "Women, Yoga, and maya: Reflections on Iyengar Yoga in Pune, India"

This is my most recent blog entry posted at last week. 

You can access it right here: