Women in the Church
Beyond Complementarity

In a synodal church, we need a fresh dialogue regarding complementarity.

BlogIn Our Own Words: FutureChurch's Synodal Sessions Report

Nearly 600 Catholics, representing 170 dioceses participated in FutureChurch's synod listening sessions.

BlogBlack Catholic Women: Faith Leaders We Need More Than Ever

The Catholic Church Wouldn't Be Catholic if it weren't for us.

BlogThe First Woman Appointed as Undersecretary to the Synod of Bishops, Sr. Nathalie Becquart, Gives a Preview of Her Work at UISG Press Conference

The first woman to serve as undersecretary for the Synod of Bishops offers her first remarks in that role.

BlogVideo: Women Witnesses for Racial Justice All Saints Day Prayer Service

This FutureChurch Celebrating Women Witnesses for Racial Justice inaugural prayer service highlights and celebrates the witness of Sr. Antona Ebo.

BlogVideo and Transcript: Doris Wagner Reisinger at our 30th Annual Fall Event

Dr. Doris Wagner Reisinger accepts our 2020 Sr. Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leaders and offers remarks on the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

BlogTrinity Sunday Online Liturgy of the Word

Living in right relationship with God and one another

BlogPentecost Online Liturgy of the Word

Breathing God's Breath of Life into a Broken World.

BlogTo Speak the Truth in Love Session One

The first session of our three-part series with author, Sr. Christine Schenk, CSJ, and Sr. Theresa Kane, RSM

BlogThird Sunday of Easter Online Liturgy of the Word

How can we heal the inequities, inequalities, and trauama this pandemic has cast new light on?

BlogSecond Sunday of Easter Liturgy of the Word

How can we recognize, or even savor, God's abundant blessings in the midst of darkness and suffering?

BlogMarch 29, 2020 Online Liturgy of the Word

FutureChurch's Online Liturgy of the Word celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

BlogTwice Weekly Online Liturgy of the Word and Faith Sharing

FutureChurch brings the voices and perspectives of women and progressive Catholics to online opportunities for worship and prayer during this time of distancing, isolation, and quarantine

BlogReaching for more on International Women's day

Greece Pilgrimage participants celebrate International Women's Day

BlogThe Legacy of Sr. Carmel McEnroy: From Vatican II to "Votes for Catholic Women" and Beyond

We honor the legacy of Sr. Carmel McEnroy and recognize her importance for our work today.

FutureChurch NewsCatholic Women Preach Celebrates Three Silence-Shattering Years

The project’s reception and reach has exceeded even the wildest dreams of the steering committee.

AnalysisPatriarchy to Blame in Scaraffia's Resignation from Women Church World

As the story of resignations from "Women Church World" becomes more complex, patriarchy still deserves a share of the blame

FutureChurch NewsFutureChurch Presents Christine Schenk Award to Karen Gargamelli-McCreight

Karen Gargamelli-McCreight is a co-founder of Benincasa Community in New York City.

FutureChurch NewsFutureChurch Presents Fr. Louis Trivison Award to Marie Collins

Marie Collins is the foremost advocate for justice for survivors of clergy sexual abuse

FutureChurch NewsMary of Magdala Celebrations Lift up 'Voices that Challenge'

Following in the footsteps of the Apostle to the Apostles, a growing chorus is making their voices heard.

PrayersVoices that Challenge Liturgy of the Word

This Liturgy of the Word was prepared for use in our 2019 Mary of Magdala Celebrations.

Book ReviewsBook Review: Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity

Schenk argues convincingly in this historical analysis that many women in the early centuries of Church history were viewed by their contemporaries as “persons of authority with significant religious influence.

BlogAnother Look at the Final Document

Sisters, what do you need?; FutureChurch's 30 year work for married priests is becoming a reality; Voices of Courage and Hope; The Catacomb Pact also signed by the Synod Mothers

FutureChurch NewsPilgrimage to Rome: A Journey with Saints

It was especially meaningful for me to know that I was in the presence of all these saints -- past and present -- as we celebrated a bread breaking service.

VoicesExploring God-Images with Adolescent Girls

Girls who encounter a rich array of Christian God-talk can grow in their relationship with God and with the Christian tradition.

VoicesA Look Back: A Catholic Woman Changes Her Mind about Feminism and Faith

I left feeling uplifted, with a better understanding of what it means to be a Feminist.

FutureChurch NewsMary of Magdala: Change the Art, Change the Story, Change the Church

During our Feeding Five Thousand Campaign FutureChurch willl produce high quality posters of "St. Mary of Magdala Proclaims the Resurrection" by artist Margaret Beaudette, S.C., and send them to five thousand Catholic schools, universities, and seminaries.

FutureChurch NewsVoices of Faith Event Calls on Women Religious to Speak Out

Women religious from around the world had a chance to tell their stories of struggle and hope at the October 4 Voices of Faith Event.

FutureChurch NewsImagining a Worldwide Strike: Maria 2.0

To see the Maria 2.0 women in action is to believe in its power to break down the patriarchal walls of the Church.

BlogFutureChurch Remembers with Gratitude the Life and Work of Sr. Kate Kuenstler

Once told that she had “little to no chance of winning” parish closure cases, Sr. Kate developed strategies that broke new ground in defending parish rights.

BlogInternational Catholic Reform Network Holds Fifth Meeting in Warsaw

Deborah Rose-Milavec reflects on major moments, insights from the fifth meeting of the the International Catholic Reform Network in Warsaw

BlogWomen Will Not Be Silent…Catholic Women Do Preach: FutureChurch's Response to Pia de Solenni

Solenni reasons that women are often better at preaching than priests, but “no matter how wonderful or how terrible” the priest who is in persona Christi with a soul “indelibly marked” and is given priority of place “by virtue of his ordination, not his moral character.”

BlogMy Call Story

It’s been the Word of God that has become my very core

BlogDay 5 in Rome: A Day at the Museums

FutureChurch pilgrims receive a warm welcome at the Pio Cristiano museum

BlogDay 4 in Rome: The Prodigal Who?

Annie Burns offers a new way of thinking about the Parable of the Prodigal Son

BlogDay 3 in Rome: Breaking Bread with Saints

Today, in a new way, I am thankful for the Communion of Saints.

BlogDay 2 in Rome: Yes, Patriarchy is Still to Blame

As the story of resignations from "Women Church World" becomes more complex, patriarchy still deserves a share of the blame

BlogDay 1 in Rome: Praying with Catherine of Siena

FutureChurch pilgrimage begins with a visit to Santa Maria Sopra Minvera, where Catherine of Siena is buried

BlogScarrafia's Open Letter to Pope Francis

"With the closure of 'Donna Chiesa Mondo' ends, or rather breaks off, a new and exceptional experience for the Church..."

BlogArriving in Rome amidst Scaraffia's Resignation from Women Church World

Russ and Sr. Chris arrive in Rome to the news of Lucetta Scaraffia's resignation from "Women Church World" published by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano

Blog"Finding Crispina" Pilgrimage to Rome brings research to life

28 pilgrims set to excavate the evidence of women's authority in the early church, reap the rewards of ground-breaking research by Sr. Chris.

BlogDear Vatican, We Won't Stop.

Synod final document contains many reasons for hope.

BlogDelivering the Goods

"In the end, this church will open to women’s full and equal participation. We are all doing our part to make that a reality."

BlogCardinal Tagle wears his humble heart on his sleeve

"I love this church everyday, but some days I am in love…"

BlogThe talk: and the importance of dialogue

Deb Rose-Milavec recounts her one-on-one conversation with Bishop Everard Johannes de Jong of the Netherlands and lifts up a few hopeful voices

BlogFighting Back Against Hate with Love, Listening, and Accompaniment

Auditors Yadira Vieyara and Sebastian Duhau cut through with messages of listening, love, and accompaniment

BlogUISG and USG join forces to get the vote for women

We are the People of God and we aren’t finished yet.

BlogWhy Aren't Women Religious Superiors Voting alongside their Brothers?

When asked about women at the Synod, one panelist's "joke" sucks the air out of the room

BlogApplying Pressure

Deb Rose-Milavec continues to question Synod participants about women in the Church

BlogArchbishop Scicluna Fields Questions about Clergy Sex Abuse

Journalists eager to take advantage of the presence of Archbishop Scicluna, peppered him with so many questions about clergy sex abuse that Vatican conductor Greg Burke smilingly called for a new topic.

BlogYoung Catholics Are Speaking Up. But will Bishops Listen?

It is clear that if they seek a more vibrant church, they have no other real choices.

BlogSuperimposing Images

Even if the optics at the press briefings are superimposed to make the synod look more legitimate, what matters is who decides and what is decided.

The Future of Religious Life
Jamie Manson
Complementarity in Papal Thought
Michael Lawler, Ph.D. and Todd Salzman, Ph.D.
Complementarity 101
Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D.
Millennials Speak for Themselves
Annie Burns, Michelle Maddex, and Russ Petrus
Young Women in the Catholic Church
Patricia Wittberg, S.C., Ph.D.
Women Deacons in the Roman Church
Gary Macy, Ph.D.
Women Deacons? Essays with Answers
Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D.
Women Ready to Serve as Deacons
Sam Bowns, Natalie Terry, Connie Walsh, Luke Hansen SJ
Church ReformVoices that Challenge Liturgy of the Word

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Young CatholicsChurch for Our Daughters Liturgy of the Word

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Mary of MagdalaWomen of the Word Litany

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