Friday, December 6, 2019

Christian Feminism Today PodcastsMission and Purpose | Who We Are | Our Origin

CFT is a community faithful to Christ’s example, pursuing social justice and offering radical welcome to all.

We believe God created each of us in the divine image for relationship with God and one another.

We believe we are divinely called to do God’s will by sharing our most authentic selves responsibly in church, home, and society.

We believe answers to hard questions can be found through careful feminist examination of the Bible.

We value diverse religious experiences.

We value the gifts God has given every individual and have long advocated for the full equality of women and LGBTQ people in church and society.

We expand metaphors for God to include biblical female imagery.

We welcome members of any gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, color, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, age, political party, parental status, economic class, or disability. Our biennial conferences sustain our spiritual connectedness and foster our learning about critical Christian feminist issues. The Christian Feminism Today website provides Christian feminist news, articles, book reviews, blogs, Bible study, audio, links to explore, and inspiration.  

Mission

We support, educate, and celebrate Christian feminists from many traditions.

Purpose

  • to encourage and advocate the use of women’s gifts in all forms of Christian vocation.
  • to provide educational opportunities for Christian feminists to grow in their belief and understanding.
  • to promote networking and mutual encouragement within the Christian community.

Our Sustaining Members

Anonymous
Jann Aldredge-Clanton
Elizabeth Baker-Smith
Linda Bieze
Sharon G. Bowes
Barbara Brandt
Verna Colliver
Barb Crews
Reta Halteman Finger
Jeanne Hanson
Janet Lundblad
Fran Mayes
Marilyn McDonald
Bettina Pedersen
Gail Ricciuti
Deb and John Saxon

Our Council

2019 Officers

Jeanne Hanson (Coordinator)
Wichita, Kansas

Rev. Dr. Leslie Harrison (Vice-Coordinator)
West Deptford, New Jersey

Dr. Anne Linstatter (Secretary)
Santa Monica, California

Marilyn McDonald (Treasurer)
Reno, Nevada

Representatives in Addition to the Officers Listed Above

Catherine Bailey
Seattle, Washington

Sharon Bowes
Marietta, Georgia

Nancy A. Hardesty Scholarship Committee

Linda Bieze
Dr. Anne Linstatter
Dr. Melanie Springer Mock

Website Team

Dr. Katie Deaver, Content Manager
Lē Weaver, Developer
Dr. Christy Sim, Social Media Coordinator

Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton
Kathi Anderson
Princess O’Nika Auguste
Catherine Bailey
Joann Boswell
McKenzie Brown
Dr. Bex Canner
Dr. Reta Halteman Finger
Meredith Flory
Jessica Foster
Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney
Tara J. Hannah
Anne Waters Green
Elisabeth Mehl Greene
Mohja Kahf
Dr. Anne Linstatter
Dr. Jamie Marich
Marilyn McDonald
Rev. Darcy Metcalf
Peggy Michael-Rush
Dr. Melanie Springer Mock
Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
Kayla Mueller
Casey O’Leary
Mark William Olson
Janene Cates Putman
Alicia Jo Rabins
Erica Saunders
Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Marie Thearose
Rev. Deb Vaughn
Zoe White
Amy Zimbelman

Our Origin

In 1973, a group of socially concerned Christians, later known as Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), met in Chicago and drafted the Chicago Declaration as the basis for their organization. Among the participants were a few women who were concerned about the inferior status of women in Church and society and who called upon the group to consider issues related to sexism from a Christian perspective.

At ESA’s second consultation in 1974 the women’s caucus was one of six task forces or caucuses formed by ESA participants to study such concerns as racism, sexism, peace, and simpler lifestyles. Thus our group was born as the Evangelical Women’s Caucus (EWC). The EWC group presented proposals to Evangelicals for Social Action on a variety of topics including endorsement of the Equal Rights Amendment, support for inclusive language in Bible translation and Christian publications, affirmation of the ordination of women, and criticism of discriminatory hiring policies in Christian institutions.

The first national EWC conference, held in 1975 in Washington, D.C., addressed “Women in Transition: A Biblical Approach to Feminism.” The conference attracted more than 360 women from 36 of the 50 United States and from Canada. Since that time, we have held international conferences in Pasadena, California; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Saratoga Springs, New York; Seattle, Washington; Wellesley, Massachusetts; Fresno, California; Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Norfolk, Virginia; Claremont, California; Charlotte, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri, and, most recently, Indianapolis, Indiana, (2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012, 2016).

In 1990, in order to reflect the increasingly inclusive nature and the many traditions of our membership, we officially changed our name to Evangelical & Ecumenical Women’s Caucus (EEWC). This continues to be the name under which we are incorporated.

In 2009 we began using the name Christian Feminism Today to refer to the organization.

In 1994, we celebrated our twentieth anniversary at our biennial international conference in Chicago, Illinois. Our twenty-fifth anniversary was also celebrated at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, on July 27-30, 2000. The theme was “Your Daughters Shall Prophesy and You Shall Be My Witnesses.” In June, 2004, we held our thirtieth anniversary conference at Scripps College in Claremont, California on the theme, “Where Wisdom Calls: Crossroads and Open Gates.” In June 2014, we celebrated forty years of promoting justice in Christianity with a conference in St. Louis, Missouri, “Let Justice Roll Down Like a River.”

There are a few articles on our website that discuss our history.  Access them by clicking here.