Antiracism as Daily Practice

"I learned a lot from Harvey’s book. I didn’t learn about white supremacy; I already knew about that. I’ve had some understanding of structural racism for many years now... What was more helpful, frankly, was a book about what to do with such knowledge. Antiracism as Daily Practice provides just that.

First Tomato

July 2024 Poetry Selection
The first tomato ripened
over the weekend
I was too busy to notice.

2024 Christian Feminism Today Gathering

June 21-23, 2024 Indianapolis, Indiana “Although She is one, She does all things. Without leaving Herself She renews all things. Generation after generation She slips into...

A Conversation Between Two Poets: The Authors of Tobit Detours and...

"My hope is for people to be able to take their time with my books and have many ways to interact with them." Joann Renee Boswell and Elisabeth Mehl Greene discuss their new books of poetry.

Buoyancy and Splash: The Legacy of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

"True mutuality is not possible in patriarchy. So either you’re going after the whole ball of wax, all the injustices, as one common front–not dividing off justice for just us–but justice for the whole of everybody. Otherwise, you’re not really doing anything.”

Batabas: Communicating the Language of Christian Feminism’s Past and Future

Oppression is baked into vocabulary and our grammar. Marginalized groups are not given vocabulary in the common discourse to name our experiences. And that makes our experiences harder to recognize, harder to value, and harder to act upon.

Current Problems Signal the Coming Messianic Age

A ViewPoint by Rabbi Allen S. Maller An incredibly rare white bison calf has been photographed in Yellowstone National Park, exciting Native American tribes who...

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...

This month we’re spotlighting some great books, perhaps you could even consider these books “essential” Christian feminist reading. We hope you’ll put at least a couple of them on your summer reading list. Enjoy!

Gender, Ethnicity, and Religion: Views from the Other Side

Rosemary Radford Ruether's anthology is promoting exciting new research that challenges dominant theological identities, especially S. Sue Horner's work on who we of EEWC were during each stage of the organization's development, and how that history shapes who we are today.

Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology

"Pamela Lightsey... correctly asserts that despite oppressive Sunday morning sermons, Black and queer Christians can nevertheless be confident that our wellbeing is 'not dependent on human hands but the providential care of God our Creator' (p. 60)."

Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

Leaving Church is a memoir of finding, losing, and keeping—although with none of the preachiness that sometimes accompanies such narratives and with an ever-present consciousness of doubt and uncertainty. Taylor’s honesty on these points pervades the narrative and makes it one not to miss.

Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice

“Yet, humbling though parts of the story may be, this is a history that needs to be heard. It isn’t wholly a story of stumbles. It’s also a story of honorable words and courageous actions, often undertaken in the face of great hostility."

An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Although Junior’s book offers a basic introduction to womanist biblical interpretation, it is extensive in the amount of material it covers. One aspect of the author’s intent is to show how feminist biblical interpretation relates to African American women’s interpretation.

Borderline: Reflections on War, Sex, and Church

"Women in male-dominated societies are left with fewer reasonable choice in the face of structured male power. [And many] men fail to recognize that women are born into a system of scarcity [because of] male supremacy that leads them to see other women as antagonists…”

Blind Spots and New Vision: Virginia Mollenkott’s The Divine Feminine

If you are grappling with lifelong patriarchal teachings about God and Christianity, pick up this gentle book! It is packed with information that will help. It will enrich your life. It has truly enriched mine. Through these pages, I see that my precious God and Savior not only is reflected in my father, but is also a God who “looks” like my mother —and me!

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Searching for Sunday describes Rachel’s struggles as a millennial (coming of age about 2000) to find a satisfactory community in the church. She organizes this churchly memoir around the seven sacraments: Baptism, Confession, Holy Orders, Communion, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, and Marriage.

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

Much that Sue Monk Kidd writes about her journey from complicity as a "good daughter" of patriarchal Christianity to her rebirth as a daughter of the Feminine Divine resonates with me. I have traveled much of the same path as she.

New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views

Women in the ministry and students at seminary surely should read New Feminist Christianity, but also women’s studies classes and religious studies classes, feminist book clubs, and spiritual practice groups. Just give a copy to all your friends. Tell them that this is who we are.

Love Wins

As soon as I finished Love Wins I went out and bought a hard copy to give to my neighbor down the street. It's the kind of book you want to share. I'll give Love Wins to my friends who are dissatisfied with the Common Christian message, but who are not dissatisfied with Jesus.

The Red Tent and Good Harbor by Anita Diamant

In addition to the theme of women's friendships, both novels deal with the theme of choosing a religion... Clearly, the God that women worship and the communities in which women worship their God are unique and bind women, ancient and modern, together in Diamant's world.
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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"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.'"

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.

Biblical Interpretation: Can We Get It Right?

Lesson 1 "This new series of lessons in Reta’s Reflections will not be a book study, as earlier studies have been. Rather, it will deal with the broader issue of hermeneutics, the science of interpretation as it relates to how we understand our Scriptures. The question of how we interpret authoritative texts becomes acute when current social, economic, or political issues divide believers who look to these texts for answers."

A Year of Anti-Racism Work

"We lose our zeal for justice as (our) lives return to normal, and we get busy with jobs, families, and our own (real) problems. But anti-racism work needs to be ongoing if it is to be effective. We must be in this for the long haul, even when the issues don’t dominate our newsfeeds, and for that, we must pace ourselves, educate ourselves, work on ourselves, and take concrete action."

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."

Was Esther a Post-Colonial Feminist?

Esther was in the same situation that many women in the postcolonial world are in; and in the end, like her, they do what they need to do in order to survive.

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