Coming to Evangelical Feminism: Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Jann Aldredge-Clanton In...

A 2013 conversation between Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Jann Aldredge-Clanton discussing how they came to identify as biblical feminists. A 50th Anniversary Celebration post.

Nice Churchy Patriarchy: Reclaiming Women’s Humanity from Evangelicalism

This book, Jenkins’s first, exposes how patriarchy and misogyny may saturate even a church or seminary that considers itself essentially egalitarian. I wish this book could be placed into the hands of every American Christian...

How Do You Get Rid of a God

February 2024 Poetry Selection
I heard you are supposed to
make an offering to the gods
so they come to you and
begin to fix what is left.

Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean

"Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean" is a singularly valuable resource for any reader curious about the status of women during an important period of history.

Celebrating Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935 – 2024)

A graphic with a photo of Alena Ruggerio, Letha Dawson Scanzoni, and Linda Bieze and text that reads "Letha Dawson Scanzoni: The Person Behind the Theologian by Linda Bieze and Alena Ruggerio" and "The two remaining members of the Trigenerational Transnational Telephone Trio remember their friendship with Letha Dawson Scanzoni."
The two remaining members of the Trigenerational Transnational Telephone Trio, Linda Bieze and Alena Ruggerio, remember their decades-long weekly Bible study and friendship with Letha Dawson Scanzoni.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni: A Christian Feminist Voice

Letha Dawson Scanzoni died January 9, 2024, at White Oak Manor in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her legacy of building bridges and changing lives will continue to unfold for years to come.

Remembering Letha Dawson Scanzoni (October 9, 1935 – January 9, 2024)

During her fifty years with the Christian Feminism Today organization, Letha served in several capacities, including coordinating conferences and filling several roles in the organization’s leadership.

50 Years of Biblical Feminism: As Told by Letha Dawson Scanzoni

This is a lightly edited transcript of Letha Dawson Scanzoni’s Saturday, June 28, 2014, afternoon plenary presentation during the 2014 CFT Gathering, “Let Justice Roll on Like a River,” held in St. Louis, Missouri. A 50th Anniversary Celebration post.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni Reflects on Receiving the 2011 Carrier Pigeon Award

Letha Dawson Scanzoni reflects on her trip to accept the 2011 Peggy Campolo Carrier Pigeon Award from the Open Door Community Church in 2011. A 50th Anniversary Celebration post.

Our recommended reading this month features articles by and about Letha Dawson Scanzoni. Click any of the links below to learn more about the work of this prolific Christian feminist author.

Becoming

"But something happens as she nears adolescence and her 'self-ownership is negated,' writes Hancock. “Suddenly, well before puberty, along comes the culture with the pruning shears, ruthlessly trimming back her spirit” (p. 18). Then, according to Hancock, “instead of crystallizing an identity during adolescence, women as adults reach back to girlhood to retrieve the original sense of self” (p.232).

Rachel Held Evans — Reaching Across Generations

Rachel Held Evans "had doubts and questions that many in that religious subculture appeared not to think about or wouldn’t admit because of where such thinking might lead and how others would regard them."

A Christian Feminist Remembers Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015)

"During those years, I purchased every book Elisabeth Elliot wrote, and each time I looked forward to the next one. Like many women of my generation, I considered her a role model, an example of what a strong, intelligent, confident, courageous Christian woman could be. "

Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution

"So what is this revolution that’s happening before our eyes? It’s a movement away from top-down, pre-packaged religion toward a spirituality centered in an awareness of God’s presence as encountered in daily life—often in places and people where traditionally we have failed to recognize that holy presence."

Contemporaneity: “The quality of belonging to the same period of time.”

EEWC, with its mix of young and old and every age in between, and its sense of contemporaneity -- we're all in this together at the same time and place in history and each of us has something to contribute -- provides countless opportunities for demonstrating what it means to be a feminist and Christian at any age.

Reflections of a Christian Feminist: On Being All We’re Meant to...

So when I think about or talk about feminism, it means I’m convinced that the church needs women and men to be working together in full and equal partnership and applying all the principles listed above.

When Evangelicals Were Open to Differing Views on Abortion

"There was a time in the not too distant past when the majority of Protestant Christians, including those who called themselves evangelical, did not consider the point at which a fertilized ovum or developing embryo or fetus becomes a human being to be clearly defined, indisputable, and settled for all time."

When #MeToo and #TimesUp Came to Church

By January, 2018, #TimesUp, a related movement for empowerment was gaining ground, led in part by celebrities in the entertainment industries who wanted to call attention to lesser known grassroots activists who were doing amazing work for social justice

Christian Feminism and LGBT Advocacy: Let’s Move Away from Slippery Slope...

"The call for change is about acknowledging and honoring the dignity of whole categories of people who have been regarded as 'less than' or 'lower than' or 'unequal to' the privileged groups that determine who benefits from a society’s social arrangements and rewards. In other words, justice movements form in order to challenge the hierarchies that have been set up to keep whole groups of people 'in their place.'"

There Is More than One Christian View on Homosexuality

"But when it comes to homosexuality, many people have the impression that there is only one religious or biblical view – only one way to consider the question of equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. That view, in the minds of many, is that any and every same-sex sexual expression is sinful in the sight of God."
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Diners, Authenticity, and Why I Journeyed to Wild Goose

When you don't know me, but you stop and meet my heart right where we are standing, I know we are all made of the same stuff— holy stuff that simply must connect, even for just a few minutes, with more of that holy stuff. And I desperately need to be reminded— every single day— that we are made of that holy stuff.

Feminist Bible Studies and Related Material

1 Timothy 6:1-2—The Crushing Yoke of Slavery, Part 1

Lesson 15: "With no concept of democracy, the functioning of Roman society could be diagrammed as a pyramid, with the emperor at the top and everyone else below in descending and unequal patron-client relationships, down to the lowliest slave. People retained their social status by doing favors, or benefactions, for their socially inferior clients, who in turn affirmed their patron’s status by publicly showing their devotion to him or her. Clients in turn were patrons to clients beneath them."

There Is More than One Christian View on Homosexuality

"But when it comes to homosexuality, many people have the impression that there is only one religious or biblical view – only one way to consider the question of equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. That view, in the minds of many, is that any and every same-sex sexual expression is sinful in the sight of God."

To Revere the Image of God in Every Person

It is my prayer that all of us will eventually learn to recognize and revere the image of God in every person of every conceivable gender identity, along with the many other diversities of appearance, belief systems, preferences, and whatsoever differences may occur to us.

Equality as a Multiple Choice Test

I'd like it if everyone was very well aware that equal is equal, that anything else is greater than or less than. Because I want to believe that in my life I will experience at least a little time in which I am equal, not less than. But actually, how things are? Equality is more like a multiple choice test. And some people will circle every single answer, and some people will, miraculously, manage to circle one or two.

An Analysis of Systemic Oppression in Film

"These women deserve to be at the very top of their organization due to their intelligence, fortitude, brilliance, and internal power. But instead, they live in a world that forces them to fight for their positions in a place stained with institutional racism."

The Invention of Wings: A Novel

The combination of engaging fictional narrative with the outlines of the historical record provide an enjoyable means of learning more about the Grimké sisters, the early abolitionist movement, and the early women’s rights movements during this period.

Immortal Moral Reminders of Henrietta Lacks

One might ask how differently Lack’s story would have gone if the social injustices that disregarded her as a person with agency had long ago been undone. The science and healthcare industries must help address unjust socioeconomic structures that deny the basic humanity and rights of disempowered groups of people before any lasting changes in care can be expected.

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