Melanie Weldon-Soiset

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Letters: Fostering Conversation

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 02-03-2015

Thank you for David Gushee’s thoughts about sexuality in January 2015’s “Tackling the Hard Questions” and “Disputable Matters.” His articles are refreshingly honest and humble, even while speaking truth. I appreciate the references to authors writing about the conversation between pastoral reality and scriptural interpretation. Both need to be taken seriously, and these articles do that.

Teachable Moments

Seminary graduates share what they learned about God's call to social justice.

What's in a Name?

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 07-14-2011

Our current practice in the U.S. actually reflects the earlier legal reality of coverture: In the process of the "two becoming one flesh," the wife lost her rights to property, legal representation in court, and even her public identity as her husband became the sole representative for the family. This combination of identities (or, rather, the wife becoming lost in her husband's identity) led to wives taking their husbands' last names. For me, losing my surname would have represented silent assent to this oppressive practice.

How I've Learned to Talk About Race

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 01-17-2011
I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word.

The Truth of Tax Transparency Will Set Us Free

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 01-04-2011
It's started. I saw my first ad for a tax help company on TV yesterday, and I received an email recently about using an online service to settle my bill with the government.

Balancing Stillness and Action

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 08-16-2010
Like many others who are currently unemployed or partially employed, this seminary graduate finds herself with unexpected time on her hands.

Ahead of Sudan Vote, Concern over Interference by Lord's Resistance Army

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 04-06-2010

The murderous regime in Khartoum is showing its true colors again. While they parade and pretend to be preparing for fair elections next week, they are simultaneously giving the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) safe haven in Darfur.

Clear Benchmarks for Sudan

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 01-22-2010

As many of us know with New Year's resolutions, the ones that will most likely lead to success are the ones that come with a detailed plan: stepping stones, goals, and -- most of all -- concrete deadlines.

TIAA-Cref Divests from Sudan Oil Interests

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 01-08-2010
While the situation in Sudan remains dire (and could worsen as the country faces volatile elections this spring), Christians can celebrate a recent story of hope: the first major U.S.

Advent, Mary, and Sudan

by Melanie Weldon-Soiset 12-02-2009

The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope. While important in all times and places, each of these themes can especially speak this year to the current situation in Sudan.