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Monday Starter: FutureChurch’s ‘Women Erased’ Series Continues

April 4, 2022

By Dan Stockman | Global Sisters Report

FutureChurch is sponsoring more webinars in its series on the history of women in the church, “Women Erased.”

The presentations “uncover the many ways women’s leadership, witness, and ministries have been erased from our Church’s Scriptures and Lectionary, historical record and memory, and communities,” according to the group’s website.

Two presentations are by Margaret Susan Thompson, a historian at Syracuse University who studies Catholic sisters and race in the United States and is an associate with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her sessions, scheduled for April 5 and April 26, are on the history of women religious and resistance. All sessions begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

“This presentation will reveal the perhaps surprising history of [sisters’] resistance and suggest ways we can all learn from their experience as we work collaboratively to build a future church that is more egalitarian and supportive for all believers,” the description says.

Another session April 28 will examine the history of Mary Magdalene, including how she became known as “Magdalene” and how the title may mean “the magnified one” or “tower-ess” instead of being a reference to an obscure town in Galilee.