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Women in the Church

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

washingtonpost.com | 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 ...