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If you ask Janene Cates Putman to name a few of her favorite things, she’s quick to reply “theology, feminism, and the gift of gab.” In this monthly blog, Janene weaves these topics together in a series of interviews with fascinating feminists of faith.

What She Says presents people of diverse backgrounds, ages, theology, sexualities, and ethnicities. By showcasing the impact made by courageous women who have overcome obstacles and pursued their vision, Janene hopes to encourage all of us to follow their examples. Read more here.

 

 

Pride Celebration

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."
Ashley Easter

An Interview with Ashley Easter

"... forgiveness is more about getting to a place where the abuse no longer controls your life. Pastors and church leaders often advise to 'forgive and forget.' You can never forget. Being a Christian doesn’t give you selective amnesia; you never forget. "
Tara J. Hannah

An Interview with Tara J. Hannah

“I work in the medical field and I teach yoga. This book was something that I felt called to do; actually, I couldn't sleep if I didn't do it. I knew I couldn’t get that kind of information and not share it with the world.”
Susan Cottrell of FreedHearts

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.”
Letha Dawson Scanzoni

An Interview with Letha Dawson Scanzoni

I think God doesn't waste, and the church shouldn’t be wasting talent and blessing. If a woman has an ability to preach or teach and the Holy Spirit has given her a gift for that and yet the church leaders say, “No, no, you can't use that,” that’s ridiculous!
Cindy Wang Brandt - Photo by Amedee Photography

An Interview with Cindy Wang Brandt

I don't feel like people give parents enough credit and an important enough of a role. Parents are critical to every social justice movement, because they have kids and children are radical, radical hope.
Wil Gafney

An Interview with Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

Some people would like it to be the case that all of the horror of individual specific biblical passages disappears if you just translate them well enough, or interpret them well enough, or use the right hermeneutics. But sometimes the text is itself horrifying. And that doesn't go away with anybody's culturally-cued hermeneutic.
Jennifer Knapp

An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Knapp

I’m resisting language in many ways and I’m seeking to find that language that expresses something more. At the end of the day, I don’t think what we do changes who God is, but what we say about it changes how people view God.
Linda Kay Klein

An Interview with Author Linda Kay Klein

Particularly if you're a girl or a woman, you are taught that you need to protect everyone else by your purity because men and boys are easily sexually tempted. So girls and women have to be responsible for the sexual purity of the whole community, essentially.