June 12 Teleconference with Monica A. Coleman

MonicaColeman“Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought” Wednesday, June 12 1 PM – 2 PM (EDT) Monica Coleman’s writings focus on the role of faith in addressing critical social issues. She writes about church responses to sexual violence in The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence. In Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology, Dr. Coleman discusses inter-religious responses to the joys and pains of black women’s lives. She is the co-editor of Creating Women’s Theologies: A Movement Engaging Process Thought. In her most recent edited work, Ain’t I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought (Fortress Press, May 2013), Monica traces this new movement within religious studies with deep roots in the tradition of womanist religious thought while also departing from it in key ways.

May 22 Teleconference with Marie M. Fortune, Jeanette Stokes, Mary E. Hunt, and Diann L. Neu

gmd_2948"A Century of Creative Feminist Leadership in Religion" Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1 pm - 2 pm EDT • In 1977, Marie M. Fortune founded FaithTrust Institute to mobilize faith communities to address sexual and domestic violence. • In 1977, Jeanette Stokes founded the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South (RCWMS) to support women in and entering ministry and to weave feminism and spirituality into a vision of justice for the world. • In 1983, Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu founded the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in response to the need for theological, ethical, and liturgical development for and by women. Together, these modest non-profit organizations have logged more than a century of progressive feminist work for justice.

April 24 Teleconference with Gina Messina-Dysert

gmd_2948"In Search of Healing: Confronting Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence" Wednesday, April 24 1 PM - 2 PM (EDT) Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D., will begin her new appointment as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College this July and is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at Loyola Marymount University and Director of The Center for Women’s Interdisciplinary Research and Education at Claremont Graduate University.  She is also Co-founder and Co-Director of Feminism and Religion, an international project that explores the “F-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community.

March 4 Teleconference with Mary E. Hunt

A Feminist Conversation on Catholic Patriarchy: What the Papal Transition Means and What Feminists Can Do About It **MONDAY,** March 4, 2013 1 pm - 2 pm EST **NOTE THIS SPECIAL TIME** RSVP by 10 AM Monday, March 4, 2013 Mary E. Hunt will offer an overview of the papal transition as a classic example of patriarchy unfolding for the world to see live. She will explore the religious significance of elite, exclusionary approaches to governance. Dr. Hunt will look at the social implications of the world’s largest Christian denomination modeling a monarchical way of being in an increasingly democratic world. She will suggest several feminist strategies for countering this approach and creating constructive new ways of being church that focus on participation, safety, and accountability.

February 13 Teleconference Town Meeting

“Teleconference Town Meeting” with YOU and WATER Colleagues 1 PM - 2 PM EST We need YOU to join us for our February 2013 Teleconference. It is really a Town Meeting of the larger community that listens to and participates in these wonderful monthly events. We want to hear your feedback, get your ideas for topics and people for the months ahead. We have ideas of our own, but we want to hear what you think, whom you think we should invite, what issues we should prioritize.

January 16 Teleconference with Carol P. Christ

Carol will speak about the book she and Judith Plaskow are writing together, tentatively titled Goddess and God after Feminism: Body, Nature, and Power. Judith and Carol explore their changing views of God in light of their feminist commitments to transform religion. Carol’s feminism led her to reject a God imaged as a dominating male other. Her commitments to peace and justice led her to reject a God whose power is imaged in the Exodus, the prophets, and much of Christian tradition as the power of a warrior to destroy his enemies. Carol can no longer participate in the Protestant or Roman Catholic liturgies because of their invocation of God as male and their association of his power with war and domination.

December 12 Teleconference with Katie G. Cannon

“Translating Womanism into Pedagogical Praxis” Join us on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1 PM for a conversation with Katie G. Cannon as she discusses the subject of “Translating Womanism into Pedagogical Praxis.” Katie G. Cannon is a womanist theologian and was the first African-American woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She received an M.Div. from Johnson C. Smith Seminary in Atlanta, GA, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

November 14 Teleconference with Margaret R. Miles

“Imagining the Intelligent Body” Join us for an exciting conversation on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 1 PM (EST) with Margaret Miles about her forthcoming work on imagining the intelligent body. She takes off from her highly praised book Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter to explore how the intelligent body differs from the usual Western formulation of the rational mind. She will offer a feminist approach to moving beyond the body/soul dualism to a more wholistic way of living.

October 10 Teleconference with Dr. Melissa Browning

"HIV/AIDS and Christian Marriage in East Africa" Join us on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 1pm (EDT) to talk with Melissa Browning on the subject of "HIV/AIDS and Christian Marriage in East Africa," as she shares her recent work. Melissa Browning, Ph.D., is the Graduate Program Director of the MA in Social Justice and Community Development for Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies. Her primary research areas include feminist theology and ethics, sexual ethics, bioethics, and HIV and AIDS.

September 12 Teleconference with Judith Plaskow

"God After Feminism" Join us on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 1pm (EDT) to talk with Judith Plaskow on the subject of "God After Feminism," as she shares her recent work. Dr. Judith Plaskow is a professor emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and also Sally Priesand Visiting Professor of Jewish Women's Studies at Hebrew Union College in New York.