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Reforming a Girls' Reformatory

Oct 30 2009
A Kansas facility's shuttering reveals the successes and pitfalls of 19th-century moral reform.

In August, Beloit Juvenile Correctional Facility in northern Kansas closed its doors. Heather Hollingsworth's coverage for the Associated Press highlights the triumphs and downfalls of one of the country's longest-running girls' reformatories.

Beloit was started ...

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In the Loop: Down syndrome abortions on the rise

Oct 29 2009
What the women's blog editors are reading today.

In Britain, Down syndrome abortions are on the rise

According to a recent study, around nine in ten British women who are told they are going to have a baby with Down syndrome decide to terminate the pregnancy, resulting in 1,100 abortions each year. Diagnoses ...

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It's a Not-So-Happy But Wonderful Life

Oct 28 2009
God doesn't call us to be happy.

A couple weekends ago, I took my kids to an historic farm run by our local forest preserve. The buildings there have been authentically restored, and the staff and volunteers roam the property in costume and in character to give visitors a pretty-close encounter ...

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Are You Happy Now?

Oct 27 2009
How to think about the inverse trend of women's rights and women's happiness.

It's been said before: Today woman have more than they have ever had but they are more unhappy than they have ever been. In a recent Time article, Nancy Gibbs, using the newest statistics, enumerates the significant progress women have made in just one generation. ...

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What Christian Women Want Now

Oct 27 2009
How do we respond to recent reports of women's declining happiness?

Get excited, because Her.meneutics brings two perspectives on Time magazine's recent cover report, "The State of the American Woman." Author Nancy Gibbs explores the questions, "Is the battle of the sexes really over, and if so, did anyone win?" Time, in collaboration ...

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Penny Pinching as a Christian Virtue?

Oct 26 2009
The spiritual dimensions of frugal living.

Recently, my child who was home-schooled for six years attended a conference called Gathering Around the Un-hewn Stone. I make note of his educational history because I feel responsible for inspiring alternative ideas that catalyzed more alternatives than I imagined ...

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The Goal in Mind

Oct 23 2009
Should athletes openly express faith in action, or is it distracting?

The University of Minnesota apologized on behalf of its Goldy Gopher mascot for making fun of a prayerful opposing player last weekend.

A YouTube video shows the Penn State defensive end Jerome Hayes kneeling in prayer and the mascot taking a knee in front of him. ...

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Where Someone Loves Us Most of All

Oct 23 2009
Is 'Where the Wild Things Are' too wild for children?

Every night while I was growing up ended just the same. "Mommy loves you, Daddy loves you, and Jesus loves you most of all," my mom would say as she tucked me into bed. The ritual was a reminder, enforced through years of repetition, that no matter how far I ventured ...

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Addicted ... to Facebook

Oct 22 2009
A new study suggests negative consequences from the rising social media use on Christian college campuses.

Updating their status. Posting pictures. Checking out the news feeds of their friends. It's all in a day's work for today's college students.

One-third of Christian college students spend 1-2 hours a day on Facebook, according to a new study from Gordon College ...

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Cancer's Mercies

Oct 21 2009
October is breast cancer awareness month, and I'm so aware I might as well be pink.

435 days ago there were meteor showers over Cincinnati. My world was rocked that night, but it had nothing to do with the meteors that my teenage son, Mikey, and I were watching in the wee hours of a sleepy summer night.

Right before I joined Mikey for Perseus's ...

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Trouble with Online Love

Oct 20 2009
Australian police found that two out of three victims of "romance fraud" are women.

More Australians are being duped by "romance fraud" or "love scam," particularly Christian women, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Through dating or social networking sites and Christian chat rooms, online scammers posing as love interests have convinced ...

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'Mazel tov' for Jewish Women

Oct 16 2009
Orthodox Judaism gets in touch with its feminine side.

Orthodox Jewish women have a reason to celebrate this month.

Ten years ago, Nishmat, an advanced Torah study center for women in Israel, was founded as part of a larger experiment. The center sought to certify female students as experts in rabbinic law without ...

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Mixed Reports on Abortion

Oct 15 2009
The media reports on a new abortion study while "The Gray Lady" shows a different side of the debate.

A new report by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice reproductive think tank, suggests that while abortion is safe and legal in most developed countries, it is risky and restricted in the developing world. The Associated Press and USA Today both emphasized ...

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In the Loop: Matters of Life and Death

Oct 14 2009
What the women's blog editors are reading today.

The New York Times tackles pro-life issues

The New York Times featured a report on pro-life street protesters explores the role of faith, particularly evangelical Christianity, as a motivation to action, and describes not just the controversy surrounding the practice ...

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Top 10 Posts of the Last 30 Days

Oct 13 2009
What you may have missed on Her.meneutics in September.

The editors here at the CT women's blog are taking deep breaths after what has been a whirlwind month for the blog—and one that's seen plenty of thoughtful commentary from you, our readers. A quick glance at the most-read posts of the last 30 days reveals ...

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