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Women in the Church

Catholic Women React to Pope Francis's Latest Initiative For Women

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.14.2016 | Religion

In his signature, off-the-cuff manner, Pope Francis unleashed a storm of debate on Thursday about the roles that Catholic women can play in the church...

15 Christian Women Get Real About The Role Of Women In The Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.30.2016 | Religion

In her book, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women, author Sarah Bessey writes about the stereotypes that the word femini...

Were the Disciples of Jesus Unschooled, Ordinary Men?

Gail Wallace | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
Gail Wallace

This idea that Jesus chose poor, uneducated men as his disciples is entrenched in evangelistic teaching, and was something I heard often growing up in the church, especially during the Easter season. But is this really true?

Mutual Submission: The Holy Spirit Works Through Women, Too

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

As we observe Holy Week, we are reminded that women were the ones who stood by the cross and were first to preach the Good News of Christ's resurrection. Throughout the Scriptures, women have played a significant role in contributing to the kingdom of God.

Second Class on Sunday Mornings: Growing Up Female in the Church

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 11.05.2016 | Religion
Julie Meyer Taylor

I think about women in the church every day. Every day! Not because I want to be a pastor, or an elder, or a deacon. But because I am stunned by the insulting way many mainstream churches treat women. And I am shocked that it is so widely accepted.

Why I Love the 'F' Word: How Having a Daughter Changed My Language and My Life

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

Avoiding the "F" word wasn't a conscious decision on my part. Rather, I accepted the game that was in place. I sized things up from the standpoint of what I needed to do to succeed. I learned the rules and played as well as I could. That all changed on December 5, 2000.

How Feminism Hurts Men

Micah J. Murray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

Because of feminism, church stages and spotlights are often dominated by women. Men are encouraged to just serve in the nursery or kitchen. Sometimes men are even told to stay silent in church.

Pope Francis, You Had Me at Hello, and Lost Me at Sinner

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 12.20.2013 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

With all due respect to the spectacular new pontiff, (and he is spectacular), a sinner is not who I am, or for that matter, who he is. Or anyone.

Yet Another Reason Why Pope Francis Is The Greatest

Religion News Service | David Gibson and Alessandro Speciale | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion

(RNS) With his open and easygoing manner, Pope Francis charmed the media as much as the faithful during his successful visit to Brazil, the first inte...

Conclave Considerations

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

A bad choice could set back the cause of the Church's renewal even more. A mediocre choice will only ensure that the Church continues to wallow in the current woes. A truly wise, visionary choice will lead the transformation of the Church to ensure its vitality for generations to come.

God Loves Vaginas

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I can't help but think that part of the Good News I'm called to share is this: the Church does not hate vaginas. Even better, God certainly doesn't. Of that I'm certain.

A Male View Of The Female Side Of God

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

When editor Gloria Steinem invited a male to write a cover story for Ms. magazine, I was him.

Joy To The Women

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Along with Christmas, Advent is the glorious and only time of year when Christians across the theological spectrum can agree on women's participation in God's work.

So What If Jesus Had A Wife?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Is it true? Is it a fake? Should we care? If Jesus was married, would it overturn the patriarchy that for 2,000 years kept women out of ordained leadership? Would it allow men to be married and ordained in the Catholic Church?

We Need More Catholic Rebels

Caryl Rivers | Posted 08.18.2012 | Religion
Caryl Rivers

Silence -- especially the enforced silence of women -- does no one any good, least of all the church. Women's voices desperately need to be beard.

The True Radicalism Of Catholic Sisters

Patricia McGuire | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

Whatever the sisters might have done to cross invisible lines of vowed obedience according to Church rules, they have done so with courage and conviction. They deserve reverence, not retribution.

5 Things The Church Can Learn From Women's Roller Derby

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 02.08.2012 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

My Christian sisters and brothers, let us revive the struggle. This fabulous sport can be our guide as we strive this Advent season, expectantly awaiting the New Born King.

Female Jet Pilot? Sure. Preacher? No.

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

I remember telling a vacation bible school teacher that "I was trying to decide between being a minister or a jet pilot." She smiled and said, "Well, girls can be jet pilots, but God only calls men to preach."

The New Evangelical Feminism Of Bachman And Palin

Marie Griffith | Posted 09.05.2011 | Religion
Marie Griffith

These women embody that combination of conventional beauty, earnestness, piety and steely certitude of their own godliness that comprises the highest ideal of white conservative evangelical womanhood today.

Femmevangelical: A Modern Girl's Guide To Sharing The Good News

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Women have little to hold to in scripture by way of positive accounts of the female experience. I believe this is less an effect of God's inspiration and more a lack of human imagination.

Survey: Many Women Face Sexual Advances From Faith Leaders | Jacqueline L. Salmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released Wednesday ...