The Struggle Faced by Feminists of Faith

July 8, 2015

This week I’m featuring posts from people participating in the Wild Goose Festival coming up this weekend, in Hot Springs, North Carolina.  Today’s post is by Erin S. Lane.

“I know plenty of feminists who are no longer part of faith communities because the struggle wore them out. When I published my own ‘why I stay’ story at age twenty-four, journalist Susan Campbell responded that while she admired my commitment, for her, ‘the battle over the years grew to be too wearing.’

“I am beginning to understand this. Just this Sunday I found myself shaking over a sermon on God the Father that relied more on pop psychology references to masculinity than biblical ones. How long, O Lord? a male friend prayed with me when the sanctuary had emptied.”

Read “Why We Stay (a Review and Giveaway)” by Erin S. Lane on her Holy Hellions blog. The post discusses the forthcoming anthology Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (White Cloud Press, August 2015).

Lē Isaac Weaver
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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