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Mar a Pilar Aquino is professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Dr. Aquino was a visiting professor of theology at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Our Cry for Life: Feminist Theology from Latin America; La teolog a, la iglesia y la mujer en Am rica Latina (Theology, the Church and Women in Latin America); and Teolog a feminista Latinoamericana (Latin American Feminist Theology). She organizes and convenes Latina feminist scholars and activists in religion. Rachel A. R. Bundang is on the religious studies faculty at the Marymount School in New York. Dr. Bundang earned her doctorate in constructive theologies, praxis, and ethics from Union Theological Seminary. She was a Bannan Fellow at Santa Clara University. Rooted in feminist ethics and Catholic theology, Rachel's work takes her from the academy to the parish and beyond. Wanda Deifelt is associate professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church in Brazil (IECLB). Dr.Deifelt taught at Escola Superior de Teologia in S o Leopoldo, Brazil, from 1991-2004, where she held the Chair of Feminist Theology. She writes and lectures widely on liberation topics. Marie M. Fortune is founder and senior analyst at the FaithTrust Institute, where she addresses sexual and domestic violence in faith communities. The Rev. Dr. Fortune is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is a pastor, an educator, an author, and a practicing theologian and ethicist. Her books include Keeping the Faith: Guidance for Christian Women Facing Abuse; Is Nothing Sacred? When Sex Invades the Pastoral Relationship; and Sexual Violence: The Sin Revisited. Mary E. Hunt is a Catholic feminist theologian active in the women-church movement. Dr. Hunt lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues. She is editor of A Guide for Women in Religion: Making Your Way from A to Z (Palgrave), among many other publications. Hunt and Neu are cofounders and codirectors of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), a feminist educational center dedicated to creating and sustaining inclusive communities in society and religion, in Silver Spring, Maryland. W. Anne Joh is associate professor of theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Joh's research interests lie at the intersection of postcolonial theory, feminist theology, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, and critical race and queer theories.Her latest project is postcolonial theological anthropology in conversation with feminist theology and Gayatri Spivak, Giorgio Agamben, Jan Mohammed, and Michele Foucault. Eunjoo Mary Kim is associate professor of homiletics and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. Dr. Kim has written numerous articles and has published three books, Preaching the Presence of God: A Homiletic from the Asian American Perspective; Women Preaching: Theology and Practice Through the Ages; and Preaching in an Age of Globalization. Kwok Pui-lan is the William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School. Dr. Kwok's many publications include Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology and Introducing Asian Feminist Theology. She has edited Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women's Religion and Theology and Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians. She is active in professional societies, including the American Academy of Religion, where she was elected as president. Cynthia Lapp is pastor at Hyattsville Mennonite Church in Maryland. She studied music at Eastern Mennonite University and theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. Music is a central mode of her ministry. Social justice concerns shape her work in the broader community as well as in Mennonite circles. Shelly Matthews is the Dorothy and B. H. Peace Jr. Associate Professor of Religion at Furman University. The Reverend Matthews is ordained in the Dakotas Area Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is the author of First Converts: Rich Pagan Women and the Rhetoric of Mission in Early Judaism and Christianity and Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is actively retired after forty-four years of university teaching where she specialized in Milton and seventeenth-century poetry.A pioneer feminist and LGBTQ activist, Dr. Mollenkott has published hundreds of articles and numerous books, most recently the updated versions of her groundbreaking works Omnigender and Sensuous Spirituality. She leads workshops at churches and retreat centers, including Kirkridge in Bangor, Pennsylvania. Eleanor Moody-Shepherd is vice president of academic affairs, academic dean, and professor of women's studies at New York Theological Seminary. The Rev. Dr.Moody-Shepherd is a clergywoman who pastors a church that is part of the Presbyterian Church USA. She mentors women in the academy and the church. She is engaged in struggle against all of the "isms" that continue to divide and leave scars on bodies and souls. Surekha Nelavala received her doctorate from Drew University. Dr. Nelavala's dissertation is titled Liberation beyond Borders: Dalit Feminist Hermeneutics and Four Gospel Women. She engages in biblical scholarship as a way of doing justice work. She is the author of Paradigms of Authority in the New Testament: Women's Perspective, as well as articles in international journals. Diann L. Neu is a feminist liturgist and minister, spiritual director and psychotherapist. Dr. Neu is the author of Return Blessings: Ecofeminist Liturgies Renewing the Earth and Women's Rites: Feminist Liturgies for Life's Journeys. She designs liturgies for faith and justice communities, especially the women-church movement. Hunt and Neu are cofounders and codirectors of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), a feminist educational center dedicated to creating and sustaining inclusive communities in society and religion, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Kate M. Ott is a Christian ethicist and activist. Dr. Ott educates and writes curricula for faith communities on issues of sexuality, childhood/adolescence, and moral decision making. Dr. Ott is coauthor of the second edition of A Time to Speak: Faith Communities and Sexuality Education. She wrote the "Sexuality Education Curricula for Faith Communities: An Annotated Bibliography." Her current writing project is a book, Sexuality, Faith, and Family: Talking to Our Children from Toddlers to Teens. Nancy Pineda-Madrid is assistant professor of theology and U.S. Latino/a ministry at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. She holds a doctoral degree in systematic and philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union. Dr. Pineda-Madrid is working on a book that examines the problematic intersection of suffering and the quest for salvation from a Latina feminist perspective. Marjorie Procter-Smith is the LeVan Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Dr. Procter-Smith is the author of In Her Own Rite: Constructing Feminist Liturgical Tradition; Praying With Our Eyes Open: Engendering Feminist Prayer; and The Church in Her House: A Feminist Emancipatory Prayer Book for Christian Communities. Meg A. Riley is senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and has served the Unitarian Universalist movement. The Reverend Riley is the founding president of Faith in Public Life: A Resource Center for Justice and the Common Good. She has served on dozens of committees and boards, including the Interfaith Alliance, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Interfaith Worker Justice, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Victoria Rue is a theater writer/director, professor, and Roman Catholic woman priest. Dr. Rue works as a spiritual care counselor with VNA/Hospice in Salinas, California. She is the author of Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogy in Religious Studies. She is an activist working for the transformation of the Roman Catholic Church as a woman and also as a lesbian. Her website is Rosemary Radford Ruether taught for twenty-seven years at the Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University and for six years at the Graduate Theological Union. Dr.Ruether is an emerita professor at Garrett- Evangelical and the Graduate Theological Union. She is the author or editor of more than forty books and numerous articles, including Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology; Women-Church: Theology and Practice of Feminist Liturgical Communities; and Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing. She teaches at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar. She is the editor of the Evangelical & Ecumenical Women's Caucus's quarterly publication, Christian Feminism Today. She is the cowriter with Kimberly B. George of the crossgenerational Christian feminist blog 72-27, at She is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including, with Nancy Hardesty, All We're Meant to Be, which helped launch the biblical feminist movement within second-wave feminism, and Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? with Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, which opened the LGBTQ conversation among evangelicals. Elisabeth Schu ssler Fiorenza is the Krister Stendahl Professor at Harvard University Divinity School and the founding coeditor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Dr. Schu ssler Fiorenza's many books include The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire and Democratizing Biblical Studies: Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space. Her groundbreaking In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins has been translated into many languages. She is active in the women-church movement. Deborah Sokolove is director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she also serves as professor of art and worship. She writes and teaches on the relationship between the arts, culture and religious traditions. She is author of Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation between Artists, Theologians, and the Church. Jeanette Stokes is the founding director of the Center for Women and Ministry in the South and an ordained Presbyterian minster. Rev. Stokes is the author of Hurricane Season: Living Through a Broken Heart, a memoir about recovering from divorce, and 25 Years in the Garden, a collection of essays. She writes, paints, dances, gardens, and leads workshops on women, spirituality, creativity, and social justice. Janet Walton is professor of worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Dr. Walton focuses her research and teaching on ritual traditions and practices in religious communities, with particular interest in artistic dimensions, feminist perspectives, and commitments to justice. Her books include Art and Worship: A Vital Connection; Sacred Sound and Social Change, coedited with Lawrence Hoffman; Women at Worship: Interpretations of North American Diversity, coedited with Marjorie Procter-Smith; and Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice. Traci C.West is professor of ethics and African American studies at Drew University Theological School. Dr. West is the author of Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics and Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter, and editor of Our Family Values: Same-sex Marriage and Religion. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Gale A. Yee is Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School. Dr. Yee is the author of many articles, essays, and books, including Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible. She is currently working on a book putting the Bible in the service of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.


"Some of the best and most cutting-edge thinking.... Calls upon us to do together the hard yet hopeful work of dismantling sexism and domination--both within and among us--so that God's earth and all who dwell upon it can be saved."
--Rev. Loey Powell, executive for Administration & Women's Justice, United Church of Christ"Important and exciting.... A very banquet of ideas big enough to reinvigorate the life of the Spirit. More than that, it is a catalyst for the ongoing process of achieving it."
--Joan Chittister, OSB, co-chair, Global Peace Initiative of Women; author, Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men"Living proof that feminism has shaken the Christian patriarchal mindset to its core.... A must read for anyone interested in the future of Christianity in the twenty-first century."
--Maureen Fiedler, host, Interfaith Voices; editor, Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words"Demonstrates that feminist Christianity is far from monolithic; rather it is diverse, thoughtful, incisive, pastoral, prophetic and above all, deeply faithful."
--Emilie M. Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, Yale University"With smarts, wit, and tantalizing moral vision, feminist movers and shakers illustrate how transforming patriarchy, religiously as well as socially, requires 'changing the subject, ' both the 'who' that speaks (and is listened to) and the 'what' that's spoken about.... Truly nourishing bread for the journey."
--Rev. Marvin M. Ellison, PhD, Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics, Bangor Theological Seminary; co-editor, Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection"Both a rich, colorful sampler for those unfamiliar with feminist Christian work in the U.S. and an invitation to all of us to continue liberating Christianity from hegemonic 'isms.' This is a welcome resource for all who care about justice in the church and in the world."
--Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, coauthor, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire and Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States"What is new about New Feminist Christianity is the depth and breadth and scope--Diann Neu and Mary Hunt do not shy away from all the intersectionalities that feminism in the context of Christianity contains. The inclusion of such powerful, diverse voices that deal with body, art, and ministry, as well as rich crosscultural lenses, will make this a powerful, required text for anyone wanting to understand Christianity or feminism today!"
--Rev. Nancy Wilson, moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches"Too often in monogendered theology, male eyes looked through the wrong end of the telescope and saw a world writ small. In this volume, womanspirit that has long been rising comes of age, and Christianity is dynamically reimagined. This is the real, not the fictive, radical orthodoxy."
--Daniel C. Maguire, professor of religious ethics, Marquette University"A rich mix of topics and perspectives that clearly conveys where feminist Christianity has been and where it needs to go."
--Judith Plaskow, author, Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective

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