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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.
Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Jann Aldredge-Clanton

Coming to Evangelical Feminism: Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Jann Aldredge-Clanton In Conversation

A 2013 conversation between Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Jann Aldredge-Clanton discussing how they came to identify as biblical feminists. A 50th Anniversary Celebration post.
A graphic with a photo of Alena Ruggerio, Letha Dawson Scanzoni, and Linda Bieze and text that reads "Letha Dawson Scanzoni: The Person Behind the Theologian by Linda Bieze and Alena Ruggerio" and "The two remaining members of the Trigenerational Transnational Telephone Trio remember their friendship with Letha Dawson Scanzoni."

Letha Dawson Scanzoni: The Person Behind the Theologian

The two remaining members of the Trigenerational Transnational Telephone Trio, Linda Bieze and Alena Ruggerio, remember their decades-long weekly Bible study and friendship with Letha Dawson Scanzoni.
Letha Dawson Scanzoni holding up a copy of The Wittenburg Door, a satirical Christian magazine, centerfold she posed for.

50 Years of Biblical Feminism: As Told by Letha Dawson Scanzoni

This is a lightly edited transcript of Letha Dawson Scanzoni’s Saturday, June 28, 2014, afternoon plenary presentation during the 2014 CFT Gathering, “Let Justice Roll on Like a River,” held in St. Louis, Missouri. A 50th Anniversary Celebration post.
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Letha Dawson Scanzoni: A Christian Feminist Voice

Letha Dawson Scanzoni died January 9, 2024, at White Oak Manor in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her legacy of building bridges and changing lives will continue to unfold for years to come.
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Remembering Letha Dawson Scanzoni (October 9, 1935 – January 9, 2024)

During her fifty years with the Christian Feminism Today organization, Letha served in several capacities, including coordinating conferences and filling several roles in the organization’s leadership.
A picture of Letha Dawson Scanzoni accepting the 2011 Peggy Campola Carrier Pigeon Award

Letha Dawson Scanzoni Reflects on Receiving the 2011 Carrier Pigeon Award

Letha Dawson Scanzoni reflects on her trip to accept the 2011 Peggy Campolo Carrier Pigeon Award from the Open Door Community Church in 2011. A 50th Anniversary Celebration post.
A photo of Jeanne Hanson at the 2014 gathering. The words say "The Perfect Size for Life: Remembering Jeanne Hanson, 1928-2023.

The Perfect Size for Life: Remembering Jeanne Hanson

In my mind, Jeanne was an Olympic diver who pulled off a technically excellent dive and hardly made any splash at the end. The dive was so smooth and so perfect, the splash so light, you might not have even noticed it happening.
A photo compilation of Letha Dawson Scanzoni, Harvey Milk, Virginia Mollenkott circa 1978

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.
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You’ve Got to Stand Up and Speak Up

"I could not understand the hypocrisy of having lesbian and gay members in our organization and not being willing to support them in the organization and in the country."
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Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, My Coauthor, My Friend: A Special Remembrance

"I remember feeling so thrilled to have such an intellectual friend whose memory could always pull up just the right quote at the right time. And once again I felt the same awe and admiration I had felt when I first began reading her books years before. "
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What Do You Call It?: A Response to Dr. Alena Ruggerio’s “The Gracespeak Lexicon”...

"Another measure of change: for decades our goal was to be inclusive, but now intersectional better expresses our understanding of how oppression works and how we can work for change."
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Building Bridges: Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Friends

And claw her way up, hand-in-hand with others, is exactly what Letha Dawson Scanzoni has done, empowered by her expansive love of neighbor and by her enduring love for the One who forever sets the prisoners free.

2018 Christian Feminism Today Gathering

"Standing Up, Speaking Up In Such a Time as This" For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place,...
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2016 Christian Feminism Today Gathering

The 2016 Christian Feminism Today Gathering was a wonderful time of fellowship, friendship, and fun.

2014 Christian Feminism Today Gathering

"Let Justice Roll On Like a River!" The Christian Feminism Today 2014 Gathering June 26-29, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri "But let justice roll on like a...
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What does EEWC-CFT do?

Learn about the the work of the organization.

Remembering EEWC-CFT Member Marillia Hinds

Marillia Hinds was a woman ahead of her time. I remember her telling about injustices she became aware of through her reading, which prompted her to write to the CEO of the company or organization to share her opinion of the unfairness.

The Heartbeat Benediction

As a college instructor for the past fifteen years, I’ve never liked that feeling of the students departing loudly as I was still talking. Eventually I hit upon a solution, a counter-ritual to leave-taking behavior I refer to as the “Ruggerio Benediction.” On the first day of class, I explain that the students are not permitted to pack up and go until they have been formally dismissed with the sentence I use to close every class session: “Go forth and use wisely every heartbeat.”
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2012 CFT Gathering

Christian Feminists from far and wide came together for the 2012 CFT Gathering held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Evangelical Feminism: A History

The academic study of EEWC helps to make certain that the story of biblical feminism will be included in the larger narrative of multivocal feminism in the United States. Each book and each dissertation, however, offers only one version of how to tell the story of biblical feminism.
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David Scholer – In Memoriam

Anne Linstatter remembers Dr. David Scholer. "Let it be known that one man on the evangelical side of the fence spent a lifetime working to give women access to Christian ministry."
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Blessed the Waters That Rise and Fall to Rise Again

If this organization is to survive and persevere; if we as individuals are going to sustain our work of love and justice, we need to know that behind the ebb and flow of waves and water there is a Power, an Energy, a web of Wisdom we call God, creating, empowering, sustaining. "Blessed the waters that rise and fall to rise again."
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On Being Evangelical and Ecumenical

Some limit use of the word evangelical and call themselves "biblical feminists" or "Christian feminists," as did the women who published Daughters of Sarah.
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Remembering: Writing EEWC’s Herstory

I recall a friend from San Francisco telling me that one should never write a dissertation on a topic that has personal meaning. I told him that those rules just didn't apply to a feminist person such as myself, but I now understand that such passion invested in a long research and writing project does indeed deplete the body and can stir up surprising emotions.
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Contemporaneity: “The quality of belonging to the same period of time.”

EEWC, with its mix of young and old and every age in between, and its sense of contemporaneity -- we're all in this together at the same time and place in history and each of us has something to contribute -- provides countless opportunities for demonstrating what it means to be a feminist and Christian at any age.
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In Memory: Margo Goldsmith, June 3, 1919 – August 24, 2010

Throughout her life, Margo Goldsmith served as a role model in demonstrating what women can achieve and how they can use their achievements to make the world a better place.

Remembering Ruth Schmidt

Longtime EEWC member Dr. Ruth Schmidt died May 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. She was 79 years old. Ruth wrote one of the earliest articles on the equality of women and men and always worked for women's empowerment. Her article, "Second-Class Citizenship in the Kingdom of God" was published in Christianity Today in 1971 and was later reprinted in Ginny Hearn's book, Our Struggle to Serve. Ruth's personal story is also told in that book.
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The 2010 EEWC-CFT Gathering

I had so much going through my head in the days after the conference. I wanted to let each presenter know how much I appreciated their efforts and their gifts. So instead of writing to each individually, I decided to express my thanks by recapping the events with deep appreciation, while at the same time sharing my experiences with those who could not attend.
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2008 EEWC Conference

It was an event in the planning for 20 months, so its arrival was anticipated with enthusiasm by those of us on the conference committee. We had put our hearts and souls into every aspect of this conference; and as we prayed together before we left Sharon Bowes’ house to head to the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel.
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2006 EEWC Conference

Approximately seventy inclusive biblical feminists gathered at the Hyatt Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, from July 20 to 23 to enjoy speakers, music, workshops, worship, and togetherness.
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2004 EEWC Conference

Old Testament scholar Phyllis Trible opened the conference with a Thursday evening plenary analysis of texts about Wisdom in Job 28 and Proverbs 1, 8, and 9, while theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether, the Friday evening plenary speaker, helped listeners understand the call of God's people in an age of oppressive globalization.
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2002 EEWC Conference: A View from Backstage and Beyond

by Alena Amato Ruggerio I was too weepy with exultation and exhaustion after the Blessing Circle Sunday morning to really get a sense of how...
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2000 EEWC Conference

Jubilation was the feeling that swept through me as my daughter and I pulled into the North Park University campus, and were greeted by the huge "Welcome EEWC" banner! After years of planning and visions of how this conference would be, the time had finally arrived.
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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.
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1982 EWC Conference: Women and the Promise of Restoration

The fifth EWC conference was held in Seattle, Washington, in July of 1982. At least 800 people attended the "Women and the Promise of Restoration" conference.
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1980 EWC Conference: Women and the Ministry of Reconciliation

The fourth EWC conference was held in Saratoga Springs, New York, in June of 1980. About 450 women and men attended the "Women and the Ministry of Reconciliation."
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1979 EWC Conference: Called by Christ for the Sake of the Church and the...

The third EWC conference, "Called by Christ for the Sake of the Church and the World," was held June 22-24, in Grand Rapids, MI.
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1978 EWC Conference: Women and the Ministries of Christ

The second EWC conference was held on the campus of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California in June of 1978. About 900 women and a handful of men met for a conference titled "Women and the Ministries of Christ."
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Women in Transition: The First Evangelical Women’s Caucus Conference (1975)

A surprising number of the women attending, perhaps half, were new to feminism. They came out of interest and out of a sense of alienation from their churches; for the first time this weekend they began to identify themselves as feminists.

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