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Women In Church Leadership

Our Women in Church Leadership Initiative has grown from a project of the same name into several projects and resources that promote the full inclusive message of Jesus’ call to ministry for all the baptized. This effort includes our Celebrating Women Witnesses, Mary of Magdala, Women and the Word, Women Deacons, Women in Church Leadership, and Women in the Early Church projects. Each project has its own goals and resources for you to help advocate for a return to the practices of the early church which recognized the charism of both men and women.

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Diakonia & Determination

In response to Pope Francis’ May 2024 CBS interview rejecting the possibility of ordaining women as deacon…

How Do Roman Catholic Womenpriests Contribute to Our Understanding of Church

FutureChurch welcomes co-authors, Sharon Henderson Callahan and Jeanette Rodriguez, to discuss their new book,  …

Complementarity is the Lie We’re Told

Olivia Hastie Reacts to Harrison Butker’s Commencement Remarks “We must always speak and act in charity.” …

Journeying & Singing Together

Reflection by Jane Varner Malhotra Early in May I embarked on a pilgrimage with FutureChurch to civil rights sit…

Open-Hearted Journey Makers

Reflection by Ronnise Handy  I just returned from the FutureChurch Civil Rights and Racial Justice Pilgrimage wi…

African American Readings of Paul with Lisa Marie Bowens

FutureChurch welcomes Princeton Theological Seminary Associate Professor of New Testament, Lisa Marie Bowens, wh…

Mary Magdalene: Her Easter Proclamation and Why It Matters

FutureChurch Program Associate, Olivia Hastie, moderates an intergenerational panel of women in scholarship and …

Lenten Fasting and Body Hatred with Jessica Coblentz, Ph.D.

Jessica Coblentz joins FutureChurch to present on her article “Catholic Fasting Literature in a Context of Body …

From Unfathomable Grief to Unsurpassed Joy: Women of Lent and Easter with Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman

Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman joins FutureChurch to offer this beautiful time of reflection on the Women of Lent a…

Co-Creating Beauty: Queer Bodies and Queer Love with Craig Ford, Jr.

Dr. Ford’s presentation, “Co-Creating Beauty: Queer Bodies and Queer Loves Beyond the Anathemas&#822…

Mary Magdalene Goes to the Synod: Raising Awareness about Women Omitted from the Lectionary

Mary Magdalene is a saint for our times.  Her vision, courage, ministry, and faith are a model for all Catholics…

How Americans (Don’t) Talk about Abortion with Tricia C. Bruce

FutureChurch welcomes sociologist, Dr. Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D., to present on the findings of her qualitative stu…

Gospel Women of Advent Retreat

FutureChurch welcomes award winning author and speaker, Kathy Coffey, who leads this beautiful afternoon of refl…

Feminist Prayers for My Daughter with Shannon K. Evans

Author Shannon K. Evans joins FutureChurch to discuss the origins of her new powerful book of prayers, to share …

2023 Annual Mary Magdalene Celebration

Rethinking Women’s Participation: Stories of Synodality Then and Now Prayer service written by Kelly Meraw…

Portraying Mary Magdalene Today: The Movie Version(s) with Joan Taylor, Ph.D.

Mary Magdalene has been a figure of religious and artistic inspiration for Christians for some 2000 years.  In t…