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Allison Vander Broek

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Reading for the Civic Mind

One of my favorite things about the last two years has been a new tradition started with my best friend from back home in Iowa--our weekly long-distance book club. I don’t even remember whose idea it was but at some…
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Out of the Bubble

It’s not an infrequent occurrence that my friends will reference a song from the 1990s or early 2000s and I have no idea what they’re talking about. My response is usually along the lines of “No, I’ve never heard that…
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Religious Categories Reimagined

As a scholar of American religion, one of my favorite things to do is to think about the ways we sort Americans based on religion. Is it by self-identified religious affiliation? The church or synagogue or mosque one attends? A…
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Faith’s Shifting Landscape

Conversations on Spiritual Deconstruction and the Shifting Landscape of Faith by Allison Vander Broek I’ve been doing a lot of listening this last year, spending a significant portion of my time listening to other people talk about their changing views…
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God, our Mother

by Allison Vander Broek A few weeks ago I attended The Liturgists Gathering here in Boston with a good friend of mine. I have a minor obsession with the Liturgists and their accompanying podcast—as in all my friends (and even…
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Won’t you be my neighbor?

by Allison Vander Broek It’s the start of August—nearing the end of summer. We’ve still got a month till the school year starts up and I’m already feeling nostalgic and sad, wishing time would slow down or we might add…