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Stations of the Cross: Black Catholic Women Bear Witness

FutureChurch marks Good Friday with a special presentation of the Stations of the Cross, following Jesus’ passion and the Black Catholic women who bore that cross in pursuit of racial justice in the Church and society. As a sign of our commitment to learn, grow, and take up the work of anti-racism and our intention to be an example to other potential allies in the pursuit of racial justice, FutureChurch deliberatly chose to have white voices share these important stories.

Art of Janet McKenzie and Chloe Marie Becker used with permission. Visit:

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Women Erased: Women in Catholic Media with Heidi Schlumpf

Heidi Schlump, executive editor for the National Catholic Reporter, joins FutureChurch for this “Women Erased” series presentation to discuss the historically under-represented  role women have played in choosing, reporting on, and analysing Catholic news in the Catholic media landscape. Presenting encouraging statistics, she also offers a path forward and vision for the future.

Biography:  Heidi Schlumpf was named NCR’s executive editor in 2020, after serving as the publication’s national correspondent for three years. As national correspondent, Schlumpf did in-depth coverage on the influence of money in the church, sex abuse, politics, women’s issues, racism and young people in the church. Her work has included investigations into Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) and popular Catholic author Matthew Kelly. She previously wrote an opinion column for NCR for almost a decade.  Schlumpf has three decades of experience covering religion, spirituality, social justice and women’s issues, having previously served as managing editor of U.S. Catholic magazine and as a reporter at Chicago’s archdiocesan newspaper and secular newspapers in California and Wisconsin. Her work has been published by CNN OpinionSojourners and Huffington Post. She taught journalism as an associate professor of communication at Aurora University in Illinois. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she also earned a master’s of theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, where she studied with feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether. She is the author/editor of three books, including Elizabeth A. Johnson: Questing for God (Liturgical Press, 2016), the Notre Dame Book of Prayer (Ave Maria, 2010) and While We Wait: Spiritual & Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt (ACTA, 2009).  Schlumpf is based in Chicago, where she lives with her husband, Edmund, and their two children, and where she is a member of St. Gertrude Parish.

The Art of Women Witnesses for Racial Justice with Chloe Becker

Artist, Chloe Becker, discusses her process and the symbolism in each of the portraits for FutureChurch’s Women Witnesses for Racial Justice series and takes questions from the audience.


“All Are Welcome.” Text: Marty Haugen. Tune: TWO OAKS with refrain by Marty Haugen. Copyright 1994, GIA Publications Inc. All rights reserved. Printed and streamed under ONE LICENSE #A-737115.

“I’m Gonna Do What the Spirit Says Do.” Traditional African-American Spiritual.

Prayer Service in Celebration of Sr. Thea Bowman

FutureChurch celebrates the life and witness of Sr. Thea Bowman with this prayer service on the eve of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“Let Justice Roll Like a River” by Marty Haugen. © 1991. GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used and streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-737115.
“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” – African American Spiritual.
“We Shall Overcome” – Civil Rights Anthem. Reprinted under ONE LICENSE

Prayer Leader: dr. timone davis
Witnesses: Dr. Kim R. Harris, Kayla August
Musician: Jim Carr
Liturgy: Russ Petrus