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Gordene MacKenzie reports on the recent Women's Studies conference in New Orleans

Michelle Blake, novelist whose clerical mystery series explores challenges to the Episcopal priesthood being mounted by the issues of female and gay priests.

" The American church recognizes that there are many ordained gay and lesbian priests. "
- Michelle Blake

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Gordene reports on the National Women's Studies Association conference in New Orleans:
    - Flooding
    - Classism and racism
    - Minnie Bruce Pratt
    - Southern Discomforts (and Comfort)
    - Lesbian caucus and trans-opposing views
    - Trans panels
• Team play vs. collaboration
• Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action
• Diversity in organizations
• Racism in New Orleans
32:19 Question of the Week
" Is there any organization like Alcoholics Anonymous which give help to cross dressers who do not want to cross dress? Are there any books or other help for men like me who do not want to be addicted to this behavior? I know the prevailing thought is that one cannot change or be free of this addiction. I have gone as long as eight years without doing it and then it returns and causes me havoc. "
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47:38 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
65:40 Boston area (and national) announcements
69:44 Special Message
70:48 The Episcopalian church is undergoing some dramatic changes, as its priesthood opens to women and gays. Author Michelle Blake once attended seminary thinking she might become a minister, but now writes fiction dealing with some of the problems she saw from the inside. She talks with us about the church and challenges to it's traditional ways.

• Learn more about (or buy) The Book of Light
• Learn more about Michelle Blake's other books: The Tentmaker, Earth Has No Sorrow
89:44 End
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