Initiatives

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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Women Erased: All About Eve with Carol Meyers

In this three-part series, Carol Meyers, Ph.D., debunks the myths that have been handed down to us about women i…

Women Erased: Archaeology’s Testimony to the Witness of Early Christian Women

In her critically acclaimed book Crispina and Her Sisters, author Christine Schenk, C.S.J. explores the archaeol…

Women Erased: The Magdalene Mystery with Elizabeth Schrader and Joan Taylor

Elizabeth Schrader and Joan Taylor present on their article “The Meaning of ‘Magdalene’: A Rev…

The History of Women Religious and Resistance Parts I & II

In this two-part presentation Professor Margaret Susan Thompson shows us how the history of the Catholic Church …

Sr. Anita Baird’s Witness on Race Relations in the Church

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Sr. Anita Baird, DHM generously offered a powerful and prophetic witness on race i…

Deb Rose’s Synod Session Witness on Women

On March 16, 2022, Deborah Rose, Co-Director of FutureChurch offered a witness for our synodal session on Women&…

Black Catholic Women Religious – Agency and Obstacles with Diane Batts Morrow

Diane Batts Morrow is Associate Professor Emerita of History and African American Studies at the University of G…

Say Her Name Prayer Service

FutureChurch marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022 with a prayer service inspired by the “Say Her Name&#8…

Women Erased: The Erasure of Women in Scripture by Complementarianism with Beth Allison Barr, PhD

In this FutureChurch “Women Erased” Series presentation, Dr. Beth Allison Barr explores how compleme…

Women Erased: WomanPriest, Tradition and Transgression with Jill Peterfeso, Ph.D.

This Women Erased Series presentation features Professor Jill Peterfeso, Ph.D., who has studied the Roman Cathol…

The History of the National Black Sisters’ Conference with Anita Baird, DHM

In this Women Witnesses for Racial Justice series presentation, Sr. Anita Baird, DHM, presents the history of th…

Pope Francis: Meet Your Priest, Ludmilla Javarova with Miriam Therese Winter

As Pope Francis traveled to Slovakia in 2021, Sr. Miriam Therese Winter joined FutureChurch and the Women’s Ordi…

Women Erased: Women in the Midst of Pandemic with co-editor Dr. Nontando Hadebe

FutureChurch welcomes Dr. Nontando Hadebe and other contributors to the book, A Time Like No Other: Covid-19 in …

Women Erased: Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of John with Elizabeth Schrader

In today’s Bibles, Lazarus has two sisters, Mary and Martha. But poring over hundreds of hand-copied early Greek…

Prayer Service for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

FutureChurch’s Women Witnesses for Racial Justice series continues with a celebration on the Solemnity of …

Sister Thea Bowman

“What does it mean to be Black and Catholic? It means that I come to my Church fully functioning, all that I am,…
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