Equity for Women in the Church
Equity for Women in the Church, Inc. is an ecumenical movement to facilitate equal representation of clergywomen as pastors of multicultural churches in order to transform church and society. Current projects include: (1) “Calling in the Key of She” to impact girls and boys at an early age by educating them, exposing them to female clergy, and allowing them to explore various aspects of ministry available to all persons; (2) “Retiring Pastors Initiative” to enlist senior/solo pastors who may retire in the next 3-5 years to prepare their congregations to consider women pastoral candidates; (3) “The Lydia Project” to provide financial support to clergywomen who create new and renewed multicultural, welcoming and affirming Christian communities who practice inclusivity in language, gender, and race.
The Gathering, A Womanist Church
The Gathering is a womanist church that exists to create worship experiences that address social justice issues through womanist preaching and action. Social justice is addressed through the gospel text in a way that raises prophetic voices and issues a rallying cry, speaking truth to power. The Gathering centers Black women’s preaching and Black women’s experiences , working for the wholeness of all people and all creation. The Gathering is a community of women and men of diverse races working together to dismantle the systemic structures that seek to oppress people. The Gathering’s social justice priorities are racial equity, dimsmantling PMS (patriarchy, misogyny, & sexism), and LBGTQ equality.
Evangelical & Ecumenical Women’s Caucus (EEWC)
EEWC is an international organization of women and men who believe that the Bible supports the equality of the sexes. The purpose of this organization is to encourage and advocate the use of women’s gifts in all forms of Christian vocation, to provide educational opportunities for Christian feminists to grow in their belief and understanding, and to promote networking and mutual encouragement within the Christian community.
The Re-Imagining Community is an ecumenical, radical, Christian movement. The mission of this Community is to pursue creative and relevant ways of understanding Womanist, Feminist, Mujerista, and Asian Feminist theologies and liturgies, opening space for dialogue with the church, diverse religious communities, and the world. Re-Imagining seeks to contribute to a challenging, empowering, and inclusive church.
The Center for Progressive Christianity
The Center for Progressive Christianity provides guiding ideas, networking opportunities, and resources for progressive churches, organizations, individuals, and others with connections to Christianity. This organization promotes work that eases the pain, suffering, and degradation inherent in many of the structures of society; work that keeps central to the Christian life fair, open, peaceful, and loving treatment of all human beings; and respect for other religious traditions.
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, San Francisco, California
Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran is an open and affirming congregation. This is a diverse community standing firmly within the Christian tradition in order to re-image the divine by claiming her feminine persona in thealogy, liturgy, church structure, art, language, practices, leadership, and acts of justice.
Alliance of Baptists
The Alliance of Baptists is a movement of progressive Christians—individuals and congregations—seeking to respond to the continuing call of God in a rapidly changing world.
The Christian Godde Project
The Christian Godde Project is the work of women and men who are called by the Holy Spirit to help restore gender equity in churches by exploring the Divine Feminine within the Christian Godde. These women and men believe that since women as well as men are created in Godde’s image (cf. Genesis 1:27), Godde is revealed in Scripture using feminine as well as masculine imagery (cf. Isaiah 66:13).
The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) is an organization of churches willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and who have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within Baptist communities of faith. The Association also includes group and individual Friends who seek to join with AWAB in broadening the welcome to all.
The mission of Circle Connections is to bring the gift of women’s sacred circles and circle leadership throughout the world, leading the way from the “Old Story” of the hierarchical model to the “New Story” of the collaborative, egalitarian model. Ann Smith, director and co-founder of Circle Connections, is the author of Stories from the Circle and co-editor of Women’s Uncommon Prayers. She has served as the director of Women in Mission and Ministry, Episcopal Church USA, and has used circle principles in her work around the world with the United Nations, women’s organizations, and local groups.
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP), a renewed priestly ministry in a community of equals, prepares and ordains qualified women in the United States and South America to serve as priests, using equal rites to promote equal rights and justice for women in the church and affirming that justice for all of God’s people is constitutive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The specific ministry of ARCWP within the broader global Roman Catholic Women Priests initiative is to live Gospel equality and justice for all including women in the church and in society now, working in solidarity with the poor, exploited, and marginalized for structural and transformative justice in partnership with all believers.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests
Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) is an international initiative within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests is to spiritually prepare, ordain, and support women and men from all states of life, who are theologically qualified, who are committed to an inclusive model of Church, and who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to minister within the Roman Catholic Church.
Baptist Women in Ministry
The mission of Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) is to be a catalyst in Baptist life, drawing together women and men in partnership with God, to illuminate, advocate, and nurture the gifts and graces of women.
Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
WATER is an international community of justice-seeking people who promote the use of feminist values to make religious and social change. WATER offers programs and publications, liturgical planning and consultation, workshops and retreats, counseling and spiritual direction to help people create and sustain inclusive communities in society and religion.
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
The mission of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) is to gather, equip and mobilize Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice. BPFNA labors with a wonderful array of peacemakers to change the world.
St. Hildegard’s Community, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas
St. Hildegard’s Community’s services incorporate inclusive and expansive language for divinity and humanity into the beauty and drama of Anglican worship. This Community offers a supportive environment for seekers, those open to the wisdom of other sacred traditions and to exploring emerging Christian theologies, including feminist liberation theology.
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
Pullen is a social justice-oriented, inclusive, LGBT-affirming, and innovative church, which intentionally uses inclusive language in worship services. This includes changing scripture to gender-neutral language and using a variety of feminine, masculine, and non-gender images in referring to God and humanity in hymns, litanies, prayers, choral offerings, and other worship elements.
Circle of Grace Community Church
Circle of Grace Community Church is an inclusive feminist worshipping community. This community re-imagines understandings of language, stories, symbols and metaphors, welcoming all persons regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, class, culture, age and religious background. Circle of Grace uses inclusive language in referring to God and humanity and creatively engages feminist theology and sacred text.
Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session
Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session is co-pastor of The Gathering, A Womanist Church in Dallas, Texas. She is CEO of DreamBIG, where she leverages her thirty-plus years of ministry and social work to help clergywomen, women in ministry, and women of color leverage their experience to do what they’re wired to do. She teaches in Perkins School of Theology’s Course of Study and at Brite Divinity School. She is a sought-after speaker, preacher, and presenter, addressing issues such as sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, racism, gender and sexuality, sex trafficking, and women in ministry. Her books include Badass Women of the Bible and Murdered Souls, Resurrected Lives.
Rev. Dr. Monica A. Coleman
Rev. Dr. Coleman is a womanist theologian, African American Episcopal pastor, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware. Her books include The Dinah Project: a Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence, Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology, and Bipolar Faith.
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan
Bridget Mary Meehan is an ordained Roman Catholic priest and bishop, currently priest of Mary Mother of Jesus Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida, and an international advocate for a renewed model of priestly ministry through the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. She has published books on the Divine Feminine in the Christian tradition, including Exploring the Feminine Face of God, Delighting in the Feminine Divine, and Heart Talks with Mother God.
Connections Online Newsletter
“Connections” is a newsletter by Barbara Wendland, a United Methodist laywoman with a theology degree. This newsletter urges church members to take action to help make their personal lives, the institutional church, and the world more like what Jesus advocated; to revise their beliefs and their churches’ methods when new insight or information seems to make revision necessary; to talk openly in the church about how the gospel may apply to current issues and how the church might become more faithful and effective. Barbara’s publications include Misfits: The Church’s Hidden Strength.
Religious Institute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion
The Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. The Religious Institute has emerged as the national leadership organization working at the intersection of sexuality and religion. The Institute provides clergy, congregations, and denominational bodies with assistance on addressing sexuality and reproductive health, and assists sexual and reproductive health (SRH) organizations on addressing religious issues and developing outreach to faith communities. Partners of the Religious Institute include the major SRH and LGBT advocacy organizations, as well as the leading mainstream and progressive religious institutions in the United States.
This is a blog by Lana Dalberg, a writer, activist, and lay theologian. Lana writes about her own spiritual experiences, especially with the Divine Feminine. Also included here are excerpts from the stories in Lana’s book Birthing God: Women’s Experiences of the Divine. This book empowers women to claim their innate connectedness to Spirit and to realize the sacred in their daily lives.
This blog by Dr. Caryn D. Riswold, a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition, explores the intersection of politics, religion, social justice, and pop culture. As the title of the blog suggests, Caryn gives special emphasis to the connections between feminism and Christianity. Her book Feminism and Christianity: Questions and Answers in the Third Wave explains why feminists should care about Christianity and why Christians should care about feminism. Caryn is Professor of Religion and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College.
God Is Not Three Guys in the Sky: Cherishing Christianity Without Its Exclusive Claims
This blog by Jeanette Blonigen Clancy, a lay Catholic theologian, continues the exploration she began in her book God Is Not Three Guys in the Sky. Jeanette synthesizes studies on feminist theology, the historical Jesus, mythology, Jungian thought, and comparative religions. Also, in this blog she writes incisive commentary on contemporary social justice issues.
Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim is feminist theologian, professor, and ordained Presbyterian minister, currently serving as a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. Her published books include The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology; The Holy Spirit, Chi and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology; and Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit.
Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, English professor and author, has been teaching about human equality for more than forty years, not only in her college classrooms but also in church conferences, seminaries, and guest lectureships. Her published books include Women, Men and the Bible; The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God as Female; Godding: Human Responsibility and the Bible; Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? A Positive Christian Response, co-authored with Letha Dawson Scanzoni; Sensuous Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism; Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach; and Transgender Journeys.
This blog by Rev. Christine A. Smith focuses on education and support for female clergy. Rev. Smith is the author of Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors, a book that also helps clergywomen overcome the barriers and injustices they still encounter. She currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Wickliffe, Ohio, and as a board member of Equity for Women in the Church, an ecumenical and multicultural organization.
Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber
Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber is a scholar, dancer, artist, and minister. Her website includes pictures she created of Holy Women and of the Divine Feminine. Angela has authored The Gendered Pulpit: Sex, Body, and Desire in Preaching and Worship; Embodying the Feminine in the Dances of the World’s Religions; and Dance in Scripture: How Biblical Dancers Can Revolutionize Worship Today. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Tehom Center, formerly known as the Holy Women Icons Project.
God Is Not a Guy
David Marks, an artist/musician/writer, created this website and blog with the purpose of promoting non-sexist theology and language. Most recently he was music director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, in Austin, Texas, a progressive church. It was at St. Andrew’s that he first took seriously the active promotion of non-sexist language. He believes that inclusive language is one of many causes that helps create peace, justice and safety in the world.