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into the paradox, toni mcnaronInto the Paradox: Feminist Politics, Conservative Spirit

As a practicing Catholic and feminist scholar, Toni McNaron embraces the seemingly unresolvable and accepts the inherent paradox arising from her preference for conservative spiritual practices while remaining committed to radical politics.

Residing patiently in this  “uncomfortable mystery” has allowed her to plunge into the deeper spaces of her spirit—not insisting on consistency or certainty or even agreement as she strives to deepen her connection with the God of her understanding in today’s post-modern and post-Christendom world.

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Toni McNaron is an educator, memoirist and lesbian feminist critic. She taught literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Minnesota for thirty-seven years, and was founder and chair of the Women’s Studies Program, the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, and the GLBT Studies Program.
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My Irish Mail

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Summon out what I shall be

As we in the congregation at my church leave our pews to process up to take communion, we sing a simple set of words about what we hope will happen as we receive the host and (if chosen) wine.  Recently, those words were these:  “Take, oh take me as I am,/Summon... read more

Racist Snafu at the Oscars

Think about it! You have been tasked with making the final in a long list of star-studded presentations.  You open the envelope and read a name of the woman who was just awarded “best actress,” not the title of the picture to be named “best... read more