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ClawsonFamily-122Mom, Writer, Activist, Dreamer…

I’m a follower of the way of Christ, stumbling through my faith journey and simply trying to seek justice in this world.  I live in the fabulous Austin, TX with my two kids, Emma and Aidan. I’m a huge sci-fi/fantasy geek, wannabe foodie, Ren-Faire addict, and bookworm. I am the author of Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices (IVP, 2009) and The Hunger Games and the Gospel: Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God (Patheos Press, 2012).

I love thinking out loud here on the blog – its my personal way of shoring fragments against my ruin so to speak.  So this is a blog about what matters to me – faith, justice, the emerging church, history, politics, gender equality, good books, geek stuff and whatever else I feel like writing about.  Read it, agree or disagree as you will, and join in on the conversation.

And since everyone asks about the name… It is of course inspired by the Zen question “what is the sound of one hand clapping?” It’s one of those questions that has no right answer, but simply exists to be meditated upon. Of course answers range from “meaningless nothingness” to “the same as two hands clapping” to “sound and truth unable to be perceived by traditional means.” All of which could metaphorically apply to this blog. But the name is also personal in a very literal sense. I was born missing my left arm below the elbow, so I simply just have one hand. So what you get here truly is the sound of one hand clapping.

If you would like to connect with me elsewhere online –

Email – julieclawson (at) gmail (dot) com

22 Responses leave one →
  1. John Harris permalink
    January 9, 2010

    You are speaking truth about this.
    The power rests in relationship, not in the mention of a name.
    There has to be the “greater is He in you and he who is in the world”.
    I too get so tired of Christians (many well-meaning) who try to quote scripture
    as magic incantations to get God to do thier will
    It has never been about that: Prayers are best answered when we ask for God’s will
    to be done in our life….not our will to be done in his name.

    Thanks for a good article. :) John H.

  2. February 17, 2010

    Just discovered your blog. Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

  3. June 7, 2010

    I, too, just discovered your blog. LOL. Anyways, you may remember my brother and me (I’m sure Mike would); we used to come to – I think it was called ‘Shine’ – the youth group at Wheaton, IL. Anyways, I’ve bookmarked your blog and would read it from time to time.

  4. Asif Sheriff permalink
    August 8, 2010

    I read your article in support of the Cordoba House on their website. Can you please provide one example of a muslim institution in the US that is modeled around the YMCA?Will this institution permit women to pray beside men? What will be the dress code for girls in the swimming pool? Around which muslim country’s culture will this House model its own? Can you provide some examples of mosques in the US where non-Muslims routinely visit for jobs, shelter or recreation like the YMCA? Will the prayer room allow a Hindi to pray to an idol God? How will this institution reach out to gays and lesbians?

  5. August 22, 2010

    I read your post on Sojourners about the hate mail you’ve received, and I am just sick about it. I wanted to tell you that I am a huge fan of Sojo and always skim through the articles in my reader, but I always read posts by you. I love your boldness and courageousness. Way to be a lover, a warrior for the ignored, a loud voice against evil. There are so many in the church who are nothing like Jesus, but I think your posts often sound just like the Jesus I know. Don’t be discouraged!

  6. March 31, 2011

    Hi Julie, Are you familiar with MOPS ( Mothers of Preschoolers)International? I will be stepping into the role of board chair in July and I am eager for thoughts on how MOPS fits within the emerging church world. I notice you write about the emerging church and you are a young mother, so you seem an ideal person to provide such thoughts. Thank you.

    You are a great writer. You can count me as a new loyal reader.

    My blog is Generous Matters at rbbasinger@word

  7. Andy Rhodes permalink
    December 17, 2011

    Hi Julie.

    I just read an old 2007 post of yours here:

    The original blog by Scot McKnight addressed a real problem in American protestant Christianity: arrogance among many Calvinists. I experienced this many years ago. Although I was impressed with the intellectual vigor of reformed theology, I was offended that many of their leading thinkers implied that any rational person would automatically agree with them. In fact, I found many of their arguments to ignore (at least) half of the biblical evidence that supports free will and “cooperate election” (instead of individualistic election).

    You offered encouragement to “those of us who have had our Christianity questioned because we don’t follow one guy’s theological ideas or who have been ridiculed by the reformed thought police” and who “wish there was a better way forward.” I appreciated your insight and boldness to say this.


    • Andy Rhodes permalink
      December 17, 2011

      I meant, “corporate election”.

  8. January 20, 2012

    Didn’t see any contact info/links. Just wondering if you would be interested in reviewing a book on a topic with which most American Christians are only superficially familiar I’d be glad to email the word document.

  9. May 3, 2013


    I’ve come across the concept of “Fair Trade” periodically. It took me a long while to actually begin to study it since I come at actions that are meant to be “just” with a massive dose of skepticism. I abhor band-aid solutions to the problems of poverty, homelessness, etc., so, the idea that we could begin to reverse the course of global economic injustice simply by the choices we make is very appealing (when I’m not skeptical of it, that is).

    I am thinking of suggesting that we study this at our church as a means of “doing justice every day.” Thanks for your voice. -Daniel

  10. July 19, 2013

    I read your piece on Justice Bras and am curious about the UK company that makes the conscious lingerie — do you know the name of that company? Thank you! and thank you for not only being in the constant search goodness and justice but for finding ways to practice and promotnig others who practice as well.

  11. Patricia Cockrell Wood permalink
    July 28, 2013

    I was just reading “I’m Not that Kind of Feminist again.” I thought it an excellent piece. I was wondering if you had ever read Letty Russell’s Human Liberation in a Feminst Perspective: A Thology. It’s an oldie, 1974, but a goodie. It;s one of the “reference books” on my desk. I would highly recommend it to you.

    Thank you for your “good work(s).”

    The Rev. Patricia Cockrell Wood, Ph.D.

  12. October 10, 2013

    I came to your blog by way of The Femonite, and gasped in happy surprise when I saw your Eowen quote! Then I read your post about Caputo’s chapter on prayer, and now I am a follower of your blog. I too am a book lover who is a scifi/fantasy fan, of both books and movies.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts and spending time (when a tiny part of me feels I should be doing something more “useful”) exploring the thoughts, links, and theology they lead to.

  13. February 21, 2014

    Hi, Julie!

    I hope this finds you well.

    I love your blog!

    My wife and I run a small Christian site as well. In fact, we recently created some really beautiful bible verse pictures. (If I do say so myself :)

    I know how tough it can be to find good images for blog posts, so I wanted to pay it forward and let you know that you can feel free to use them on your blog posts if you ever need a good picture…

    You can find them here:

    Feel free to create your own collection, or just use them individually on blog posts… We’d love it if you cited us as the source, but that is totally up to you.

    But yeah… thanks for doing what you do! Also, let me know if you’d like another bible verse made into a picture. We’ll be making some more, and we can make a specific one if you need it for a post.

    And if you do end up using one, let me know and I’ll share your article on our facebook page (56,000 fans)…

    Blessings to you. And make sure to pay it forward!

    Serving Him,
    Michael B
    Prayers for Special Help

  14. July 9, 2014

    Hello, its good article about media print, we all be familiar with media
    is a great source of information.

  15. February 21, 2015


    Hi, I have a quick question for you. I read your Everyday Justice book a few years ago, so I know you are well researched.

    I blog about serving others where you are, buying ethically, adoption and general awareness about social justice issues. My audience is middle class women (esp moms) who want to be a part of making the change but dont know how and dont have time to figure it out. As far as you know, is there a blogger out there already covering this base well? I dont want to duplicate efforts. Thanks so much for your time! Heather


  16. Amanda Briner permalink
    April 6, 2015

    Hi Julie,
    I stumbled across your blog while doing research. I read your post about being disabled and I enjoyed reading your viewpoint on being born with one hand. I don’t refer to myself as being disabled but I too was born missing my left arm just below my elbow. Your success is an inspiration to me and I am a mother as well.

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