Uncovering the buried stories of Christian women whose lives reveal a depth of insight, wisdom and empowerment needed in the church today.

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Paula of Rome

Paula (347-404): A Woman of Influence, Intellect, and Concern for the Poor > Written by Kimberly Dickson Paula, although nearly unknown today, can be considered the mother of the best western translation of the bible for one thousand years.  She was part of a circle of aristocratic 4th century women who were tired of their lives of gossip and intrigue, so instead put their education and minds to work in the study of Christianity.  Paula was widowed after five children and then devoted herself

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Movement builders: Women in the early church

In many churches today this same pioneering spirit can be found where there is a unified goal to make the Gospel and the liberating news of Jesus known. Unfortunately, most Christians know very little of these inspiring women who led, financed, and did what they could to grow the early church. Women such as Paula, Marcella, Melana the Younger and Melania the Elder were scholars and voluntary ascetics who turned from the aristocratic lifestyles they knew to support the young fledgling Christi

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Ivone Gebara : Earth Day 2020

In celebration of Earth Day, we are featuring Ivone Gebara: an ecofeminist, Catholic nun and activist we should all know! Ecofeminism: a branch of theology that explores the relationship between women and the earth in the context of environmentalism, highlighting issues of creation-justice and God’s work of renewal in the world. Ivone Gebara: A Brazilian Catholic nun, philosopher, and feminist theologian recognized by her amazing work as a pioneer in ecofeminism and liberation theology. She c

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Mother Alexandra aka Princess Ileana

Easter, an Air Raid, and a Veil > Written by Elizabeth Staszak A modern-day church mother comes to us in the form of a Romanian princess, with heritage going back to Queen Victoria of England.[1] Her name was Ileana, and she lived through two world wars as Princess of Romania, Archduchess of Austria. This story is about suffering and lament, and it is also a story about joy and bravery. It comes to us in a time of deep sorrow as a world, a time in which we feel the pressures and demands of sca

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Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles

Mary Magdalene, Good Friday and COVID-19 Mary Magdalene knew a thing or two about grief. And today on Good friday, we are not only remembering Jesus’ death, the void, pain, and the fear associated with the unknown that his disciples felt, but we are also feeling a sense of loss and a fear in our own lives. We are all experiencing a version of grief. The isolation, perhaps a loss of financial security, and a loss of control or familiarity of routines that once provided us comfort feel very real a

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Marguerite Porete & the Beguines

Christian Women in the Middle Ages A french mystic, activist, and author, Marguerite's Porete’s life and the drama surrounding her death provides us with a fascinating study of the life and mission of faithful women of the middle ages. Marguerite was a Beguine, a member of a religous movement remembered today as one of the first organized feminist efforts in history. Marguerite’s book, The Mirror of Simple Souls, re-discovered with a fresh appreciation in the 20th century, has been recognized as

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St Catherine of Siena

What a 14th century mystic can teach Christians amidst COVID-19 > written by Lauren England The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to its knees in a way that feels unprecedented compared to previous generations. Without minimizing or avoiding the pain and anxiety that this induces, history shows us that our world has experienced times of crisis and disorientation similar to our current situation.  Now more than ever, we are looking for guidance, and as Christians, we look to the stories o

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Women Who Have Led in Crisis

It has historically been the case in times of crisis and chaos that the gifts of women have been most recognized. It is in times of uncertainty and upheaval that women’s abilities to lead have been most accepted and embraced. It is because we can find great inspiration, courage and hope in the women of the past who have faithfully led in uncertainty that we will be pivoting this week to learn the names and stories of some of these women. Given the tangible sense of uncertainty we are all navig

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Priscilla: Mother of Teachers

> After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus. He had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul visited with them. Because they practiced the same trade, he stayed and worked with them. They all worked with leather. (Acts 18: 1-3) > After Paul stayed in Corinth for some time, he said good-bye to the brothers and sisters. At the Corinthian seaport of Cenchreae he had his he

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Photini: Mother of Evangelists

You may never have heard of Photini, yet you know her story. This is the name the Eastern Orthodox church has given to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. The story of Photini is one of the longest stories in the Bible about a woman and it is the longest conversation that Jesus is recorded

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12 books by female theologians to be reading right now

Most of the Christian tradition has been recorded and passed on through history by Men. The Bible, as far as we know it was written and the canon decided on by men. Men have been the primary interpreters of scripture and the primary teachers and preachers of the Bible.

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Junia: Mother of Apostles

> “Say hello to Andronicus and Junia, my relatives and my fellow prisoners. They are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.” (Romans 16:7) The case of the disappearing apostle Junia is often looked at as the case study for the phenomenon of historical silencing of women in Christianity. The first and only named female apostle in scripture, the controversy over her gender and Paul’s label for her as “apostle,” has been a topic of debate among biblical scholars for cent

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