May 6 WATERtalk, “Feminism & Religion in the 21st Century…”

WATERtalks: Feminist Conversations in Religion Series 

Feminism and Religion
in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, & Expanding Borders
May WATERtalk 1.2

with Xochitl Alvizo, Gina Messina-Dysert, & Rosemary Radford Ruether

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET


The editors of Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders (Routledge, 2015) will discuss new movements in feminism and religion, as well as the ways in which technology creates spaces for expanded dialogue and change. Their volume brings together more than 15 feminist theologians across generations to reflect on the state of the art. The hour will offer an insightful portrait into the history and modern direction of feminist religion. 

Xochitl Alvizo is a Ph.D. candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. She will be Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Gender (LGBT), Sex, and Sexuality at California State University, Northridge, in the fall. Xochitl is co-founder of Feminism and Religion, an online project that brings together multiple feminist voices from around the world to dialogue about feminism in religion at the intersection of scholarship, activism, and community. She is co-founder of the Pub Church, Boston.

Gina Messina-Dysert is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College and co-founder of She is the author of Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence (Routledge, 2014), and co-editor (with Rosemary Radford Ruether) of Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2014). She is active in movements to end violence against women and explores opportunities for spiritual healing for those who have encountered gender-based violence. See her TEDx Talk here. Gina can be followed on Twitter @FemTheologian and see her website,

Rosemary Radford Ruether is a renowed feminist scholar and Catholic theologian. She is currently Senior Visiting Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Graduate University, where she earned a Ph.D. in classics and patristics in 1965. Rosemary is the author of more than 40 books and hundreds of articles on feminism, eco-feminism, and Christianity. She has also lectured all over the world. Rosemary has held numerous teaching positions including as the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Northwestern University and the Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is the recipient of more than ten honorary doctorates in humane letters.

Recommended Resources: 
• Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2015) 
• “What is Feminism and Why Should we do it?”
“Our Sisters’ Feminism”
“The New Feminist Revolution in Religion”

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