1986 EWC Conference: Free Indeed…Empowered for Action

The seventh EWCI conference was held in Fresno, CA, was held July 6–10, 1986, at the Fresno Conference Center. The conference was produced by the San Joaquin Valley EWCI chapter, and coordinated by Kathryn Klassen Neufeld.

Go into All the World

June 2024 Poetry Selection
She watches from her kitchen window
whenever the mesas hide themselves
behind a gray summer mantle,
its hem caught on the desert...

Merits and Demerits of An Inclusive Language Lectionary

"We did it out of love for our task, and love for the Gospel. And I must say that as an ex-fundamentalist it was a great thing for me." Read about Virginia Mollenkott's experience on the Inclusive Language Lectionary committee. Newly transcribed. Hasn't been available anywhere since 1986!

1984 EWC Conference: Free Indeed, The Fulfillment of Our Faith

The sixth EWC conference was held at Wellsley College, near Boston, MA, June 19-23. The conference was produced by the Boston EWC chapter, and Dorothy Meyer was the Conference Coordinator.

And Zion Shall Be Called a Mother

We, of course, are not the first of God’s people to have experienced and recognized the pull toward exclusion. From the beginning, with our first parents, our self-imposed alienation from God has resulted in our seeing human beings as the other.

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...

Happy Pride Month, everyone! Enjoy reading some of the LGBTQIA-related posts you may have missed on Christian Feminism Today.

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."

Pride Month Interviews with LGBTQ+ Clergy

"Pride is a time when I actively work to amplify the perspectives of my LGBTQ kin loudest because lack of access, lack of resources, and systemic harm still persist today."

“Strenuous Tolerance”:  Can we get along when we don’t agree?

Lesson 21 "According to Romans 14:1–15:6, what really matters ethically is how we treat other people and how consistent we are in living by our own consciences without condemning others who differ from us. The challenge—especially in matters relating to sexuality—is deciding which actions are intrinsically hurtful to others and which are not."

Bathroom Legislation: Unconstitutionality Is Only Part of the Story

In this article, I explain why HB2 is clearly unconstitutional. But I will also stress that constitutionality is always only one small part of understanding why legislators do what they do. A hostile feeling (or animus) toward transgender people becomes an important part of the legal discussion.

Precious God, Forgive Them, Because They KNOW What They’re Doing

With all the LGBTQ people courageously coming out in conservative Christian settings, with all the information available freely on the internet and through print and broadcast media, with our new host of educators and speakers (both LGBTQ people and allies) reaching out to conservative and evangelical Christians, it would be impossible for someone to miss the obvious wounding of our people.

When Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Met Harvey Milk

... the story of how two Christian feminist leaders, my friends Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, co-authors of Is the Homosexual My Neighbor: Another Christian View, met and shook hands with Harvey Milk.

An Interview with Susan Cottrell

“When you walk in love—and that includes self-love, which we don’t do as well as we need to—when you walk in love, then you are an open place for people to be with you.”

The Bible and Same-Sex Relationships: Some Resources

Lesson 8 "My concern in this series of lessons is this: how do we discuss this issue with people who hold a traditional view and see that view as more biblically-based than ours? Can we adequately interact with the so-called “clobber-texts” used to condemn same-sex sexual expression (i.e., Genesis 19:1-11; Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13; Romans 1: 24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10)?"

Trauma and the LGBTQ Christian

When someone involved in conservative or evangelical Christianity experiences the trauma and wounding associated with coming out, generally they do not have access to sympathetic witnesses or good support systems. Often nearly everyone around them believes that to be lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, queer, or questioning is sinful and shameful.

Backlash Against What?: RFRAs and Bathroom Bills

[The LGBTQ backlash is] "about outdated concepts like spiritual hierarchies and binaries, as in 'this group is saved, but this group is damned.' Outdated concepts like a magical book in which every inerrant word is completely applicable to the present time, even though is was written thousands of years ago in a very different cultural context."
Christian Feminism Today 50th Anniversary Gathering Logo on a colorful background. Also says June 21-23, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A graphic image with a headshot of Mallory Challis, the 2024 NAHMS recipient with text that says, "NAHMS, Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship, 2024 Recipient Mallory A. Challis"
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Celebrating Title IX As God’s Good Gift

by Melanie Springer Mock This October, in Oregon’s chilly pre-dawn, I will line up with nearly 10,000 other runners for the start of the Portland...

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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.

My First Gay Pride Parade— #ResistMarch

My Episcopal church participated, as did many other churches. Quite a few signs were carried by people coming from a specifically Christian perspective. “This is the gay that the Lord hath made” was my favorite, carried by a young man.

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.

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.

A Charleston Lament – #BlackLivesMatter

I am convinced that this is the lesson of Gethsemane / Not Jesus crying humanly about his own impending suffering and death / But rather Jesus's awareness of the depth of the intractable ruin of us / The universal suffering of the other who threatens the status of the entitled just by being

There Is No Justice for Philando Castile

June 17, 2017 Police officer Jeronimo Yanez "was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention...

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The Life and Ministry of Nancy A. Hardesty

This past spring, EEWC-Christian Feminism Today was deeply saddened by the passing of one of our organization's founders, Dr. Nancy A. Hardesty, who died on April 8, 2011. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years earlier and was 69 years old at the time of her death. We want to share with you some of the highlights of her life and career.