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Music empowers action for social change. Music stirs our spirits and embeds words in our memories. Words shape our values that drive our actions. Singing our beliefs in justice, peace, and equality will move us to transform our world. Inclusive Songs for Resistance & Social Action will contribute to gender, racial, economic, environmental, and other justice movements. This collection includes songs for marches, rallies, and other activist gatherings to support movements such as Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, Human Rights Campaign, Poor People’s Campaign, and GreenFaith. Many of the songs are also for use in the worship services of faith communities, and some celebrate seasons of the year. Another feature of this new collection is the inclusion of songs that honor women leaders in Scripture and other prophetic women leaders. The songs in this collection highlight the intersection of justice concerns, instilling belief in the sacredness of all people and all creation. They name the Divine as female and male and more to support the foundational biblical truth that all people are created equally in the divine image. This collection includes all new songs, most to well-known tunes and some to new tunes and fresh arrangements of familiar tunes. Many of the songs are appropriate for interfaith and multigenerational settings.

Building Bridges of Intersectional Feminism Through Stories and Songs, Nevertheless She Preached

Nevertheless She Preached
September 23-25, 2018
University Baptist Church
1701 Dutton Avenue
Waco, Texas

Wherever healing and liberation are happening, stories are being told and songs are being sung. Stories and songs have power to move intersectional feminist theology from the head to the heart. Dr. Kendra Weddle, religion professor at Texas Wesleyan University, and I will draw from our book Building Bridges: Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Friends to connect the story of one of the founders of Christian feminism to the stories of people transformed through her contributions to gender, racial, and other justice movements. Participants will sing songs, from Inclusive Songs for Resistance & Social Action and other hymnbooks by Jann, that also highlight the intersection of justice concerns. These stories and songs name the Divine as female and male and more to support the foundational biblical truth that all people are created equally in the divine image.

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Letha Dawson Scanzoni changed the landscape of American evangelicalism through her groundbreaking work on the gospel-based intersection of gender and LGBTQ justice. She coauthored two of the first books that support women’s equality and LGBTQ rights with the Bible: All We’re Meant to Be and Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? In all her work Letha applies the liberating message of Jesus to women and to people who have been marginalized by church and society because of sexual orientation. Building Bridges combines an exploration of the life and work of Letha Dawson Scanzoni with stories of people she continues to empower through her writing and the Evangelical & Ecumenical Women’s Caucus-Christian Feminism Today, an organization she cofounded. This book illustrates her growing influence as she continues her prophetic collaboration with new generations. In addition, it provides resources for churches as they build bridges for their ministries of liberation, justice, and peace.

Order: Cascade Books; Amazon

Endorsements & Reviews

“This book lifts up one of the most important feminists in the last fifty years. Through it we can trace how Letha Dawson Scanzoni challenged evangelicals’ established and theologically legitimated roles for women and perspectives on LGBTQ persons, and then helped foster significant social change. It’s not only the biography of a long neglected history changer,but a description of how one biblically literate scholar helped the church to think in new ways.”

—Tony Campolo, author of Red Letter Christians: A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics

“Building Bridges displays biography at its best, fully encompassing one life, yet written larger than life. The authors deftly set the narrative of Letha Dawson Scanzoni and her pioneering writings on sex and gender to showcase her pivotal challenge to the reigning contours of American evangelicalism. Scanzoni stands tall and courageous in this book, a prophet calling the American church to the biblical stance of justice for all.”

—Priscilla Pope-Levison, Associate Dean and Professor at Perkins School of Theology,Southern Methodist University

“Many think of Letha Dawson Scanzoni above all as a feminist, and that is no doubt legitimate. But I think of her first and foremost as a courageous biblical interpreter, because when I was a young evangelical, I watched her take the same biblical texts that the (white male) evangelical gatekeepers used to oppress others and instead use them to liberate. I admired her courage to differ from the gatekeepers, having no idea that I would eventually walk that same path. This book tells Letha’s story and celebrates her impact. I highly recommend it.”

—Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migratio

“I have known Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Kendra Weddle for many years, but I have not met Letha Dawson Scanzoni. After reading the book, I wish I knew her. All We’re Meant to Be had a profound influence on my life, moving me toward Christian feminism at a time when that stance was not ‘cool’ on evangelical Christian university campuses. Reading this book reminded me of the journey Letha helped equip me for, and the journeys many women have taken into a worldview that sees people for who they are and values them regardless of race, ethnic identity, gender identity or color. Jann and Kendra have produced a fitting homage to Letha and an excellent review and analysis of the Christian feminist movement. As a church historian, I value their insight into and accurate interpretation of the pilgrimage of Christian women toward equality. I encourage anyone interested in the story of the intertwining of Scanzoni’s life with the development of Christian feminism to read this book. Anyone searching for a good historical presentation of the development of Christian feminism should read this book. It is a fine addition to Christian feminist scholarship.”

—Rosalie Beck, Associate Professor at Baylor University

“If time travel were possible, I’d set the dial back two thousand years and place this book in the hands of the early church. Then I would roll the dial forward, stopping every decade to make sure its lessons were remembered. Alas, now I can only hope its prophetic witness is not too late.”

—Philip Gulley, Author of If the Church Were Christian

“Kendra Weddle and Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s book Building Bridges provides an informative and inspirational story of the life and work of Letha Dawson Scanzoni. Letha’s life paves a pathway for a new generation of feminist theologians. This thoughtful biography will stimulate future generations of feminist thinkers in their work and witness.”

—Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Author of Embracing the Other

“Kendra Weddle and Jann Aldredge-Clanton provide a deeply personal portrait of the pioneering life and work of evangelical feminist Letha Dawson Scanzoni. Breaking boundaries as she built bridges, Scanzoni fails to fit any of our conventional categories. And this is precisely the point. Her work and witness demand that we rethink our categories and consider instead a paradigm shift when it comes to what it means to embrace an evangelical faith. By telling Scanzoni’s story, this book offers intimate glimpses into the evolution of Christian feminism and of an inclusive faith tradition over the past half century.”

—Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Author of A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell

“Great read! This book shows some of the best of the work of the Christian feminist movement and the importance of building bridges and of Letha’s work for a very diverse and broad group of folks! Feminist thought is a joint project, drawing people together to work toward justice. Building Bridges illustrates that truth through tracing the life and work of one of Christian feminism’s most important thinkers and activists. Scanzoni’s Christian feminist publications deeply influenced me while in seminary in the late 70’s. Turns out, I’m not alone. This book shows her influence on thousands. An excellent history and an excellent, must read, for both Christians and others!”

—Mark McLeod-Harrison, Professor at George Fox University

“Thanks to Weddle and Aldredge-Clanton for sharpening the lens on the groundbreaking work of Letha Dawson Scanzoni. Building Bridges documents an often-overlooked revolution in American evangelicalism. Christians seeking to build bridges today on pressing questions of gospel liberation and justice will find here a treasure trove of biblical resources and promising vision.”

—Amy Oden, Professor at Saint Paul School of Theology

“I am so honored to endorse Building Bridges: Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Friends, by Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Kendra Weddle. This important book places Letha Dawson Scanzoni where she belongs–as a founder of Christian feminism. The authors acknowledge her true context–the history of American religion, women in religion, and a branch of Christian feminism that dared to take on homophobia. This is a neglected story of personal and theological courage that helps us understand our current religious and theological struggles. I appreciate that the authors included some of Scanzoni’s most important essays so that we can hear her voice afresh. Thank you also for lifting up her role as a mentor and friend to so many women theologians, expanding their horizons and multiplying their impact. As a leader in Metropolitan Community Churches for over four decades, I can personally attest to the powerful influences of Scanzoni and her friends, such as Nancy Hardesty and Virginia Mollenkott, on more than one generation of women and men of faith. We are ever in her debt.”

—Nancy Wilson, Former Global Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

New Wineskins Feminist Worship Community

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Birchbrook II Condominium-Clubhouse
5098 Matilda Street
Dallas, Texas 75206
972-953-8947

Creative Writing and Publishing (Advanced)

Richland College October 10-31, 2018 (4 sessions)
Crocket 102
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
972-238-3756

I will be teaching this class is for those of you who have completed the basic course, “Creative Writing and How to Publish,” or some other beginning writing course. In this advanced creative writing and publishing class you will receive specific feedback from the professor and your classmates on portions of your writing you have completed. This class will also help you continue to organize and edit your work to get it ready for publication and to explore various avenues for publishing. If you want to take your writing to the next level, this class is for you.

Scholars Week & Calling in the Key of She Events
Memphis Theological Seminary in Collaboration with Equity for Women in the Church

October 15-17, 2018
Memphis Theological Seminary
Memphis, Tennessee
 

Rev. Andrea Clark and I will present a workshop on inclusive language and practices.

Calling in the Key of She Empowerment Program

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Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World

Why are most churches still segregated by race and culture? Is it possible to build intercultural ministries today? What are the challenges of creating and maintaining these ministries? How do intercultural churches give equal power and privilege to each culture? How do they avoid assimilating minority cultures into dominant cultures? Intercultural Ministry explores these questions and more with chapters from a racially and denominationally diverse group of pastors, theologians, and teachers who reflect on their experiences and experiments in intercultural ministry.Contributors include Peter Ahn, Amy Butler, Brad Braxton, Brandon Green, Daniel Hill, Angie Hong, Karen Oliveto, Carlos Ruiz, Sheila Sholes-Ross, Christine Smith, and more!Order: Amazon; Judson Press

Equity for Women in the Church, Inc.

Calling for founding partners of Equity for Women in the Church, Inc., a unique ecumenical, multicultural, visionary organization: Equity Membership

Equity Mission, History, and Current Projects: Equity Mission

 

Recently Released: Sing of Peace

Painting by Katie Ketchum, photography and image effects by Stacy Boorn

Imagine Christmas carols you love but with lyrics that include the Divine Feminine to celebrate the sacredness of all people and all creation! Imagine Christmas carols that sing of peace for all people and for the earth. This new Christmas album, Sing of Peace, will bring inspiration, healing, and empowerment through new inclusive lyrics to familiar Christmas carol tunes, sung in sublime harmonies by Devi Vaani. Sing of Peace reclaims and amplifies the themes of peace, joy, hope, awe, and love that so much of the world associates with the Christmas season. It includes the experiences of women, minorities, and all oppressed people who are not directly referenced in traditional Christmas music. Including multicultural biblical female divine names and images, Sing of Peace affirms the sacred value of females throughout the world who continue to suffer from violence and abuse. This Christmas album celebrates the sacredness of all people and all creation. It weaves the magic and mystery of Christmas with urgent cries for justice, an end to suffering, and respect and dignity for all beings.

Order: Amazon; cdbaby

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Meet the clergy and laypeople driving foundational Christian theological change—restoring sacred value to women and girls—in pursuit of just and equal faith communities.

She Lives! presents fascinating narratives of clergy and laypeople who are changing the institutional church and society by restoring biblical female divine names and images to Christian theology, worship symbolism, and liturgical language. Their stories reveal the connection between multicultural female divine images in worship and justice in human relationships, illustrating Wisdom’s works such as gender equality, racial equality, marriage equality, economic justice, care of creation, nonviolence, interfaith collaboration and expanding spiritual experience. She Lives! invites readers to join the adventure of creating rituals that include the Female Divine and to join communities that celebrate Her, affirming the sacred value of all people and all creation.Order: Amazon; Barnes & Noble