EEWC-CFT - inclusive of LGBT persons since 1986
Indianapolis— “Prophets in Every Generation” is the theme of the 2016 gathering of EEWC-Christian Feminism Today to be held June 23-26 in Indianapolis.
Founded in 1974, EEWC-CFT is widely considered to be the oldest evangelical organization proclaiming good news for women and also the first to take a stand for lesbian and gay inclusiveness (in 1986). See www.eewc.com
In light of the shooting in Orlando on June 12, it’s important for Christians to know about groups like ours that fully include LGBT members. Anti-gay rhetoric, both Christian and Muslim, is definitely a contributing factor to violence against gays.
Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution and eight other best-selling books, will be one of five plenary speakers.
Austin Channing Brown, the popular blogger and contributor to Today’s Christian Woman and other journals, will speak from her reconciliation work around the issues of poverty, injustice, and race.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, co-editor of Feminist Studies in Religion and contributor to The Huffington Post, Sojourners, and other journals, will be another plenary speaker. Associate professor at Earlham School of Religion, she has written six books including The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology.
Our leaders include Melanie Springer Mock, Letha Dawson Scanzoni, Reta Halteman Finger, and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. We also offer the Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship of $1000, awarded annually to a college senior or graduate student in religion or seminary training.
Known for her inclusive language hymns, blessings, and prayers, Jann Aldredge-Clanton will present on “the Christ-Sophia,” a Christology that grows out of the Wisdom/Hochmah writings in Hebrew Scripture.
New Testament scholar Reta Halteman Finger will address women’s prophecy in the early Christian community and Jesus as fulfillment of the Wisdom tradition. Her feminist Bible study blog, Reta’s Reflections, appears on CFT’s website, and she’s a frequent contributor to Sojourners magazine.
EEWC-CFT was founded in 1974 as a women’s caucus at the second meeting of Evangelicals for Social Action in Chicago. Believing that the Bible supports gender equality, members have worked since then for equality in church, home, and society through biennial conferences, blogs, books, a journal, and an expanding web ministry internationally.
The gathering will also include workshops and a Sunday worship service, open to the public. Registration is available at eewc.com.
For more information, contact: Marg Herder, EEWC-CFT Director of Public Information, firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 414-8157.