Women Doing Theology 2018 call for papers

(Mennonite Church USA) — The planning committee for the third Women Doing Theology conference organized by Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) office of Women in Leadership (WIL) announces a call for papers and workshops. “We’re looking for both hour-long, hands-on workshops and 20-minute paper presentations,” said Jenny Castro, coordinator of WIL. “In past years, this […]

Women Doing Theology: A Space to discover what is possible

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Duke University and an Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is on the steering committee for MC USA’s office of Women in Leadership and the planning committee for the 2018 Women Doing Theology conference.  This week I’ve been […]

Women Doing Theology will be “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” at 2018 conference

(Mennonite Church USA) — Plans are underway for the third Woman Doing Theology (WDT) conference organized by MC USA’s Women in Leadership (WIL), Nov. 8-10, 2018 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. The conference theme will be Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: Dialogue, Practice and the Work of Liberation. It will build on the […]

Sexy/Sexed Bodies in the Pulpit: Women’s Bodily Negotiations

Melissa Florer-Bixler is pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She earned an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa is committed to the local church building power for local, systemic change as members of diverse coalitions. She is a board member of Friends of L’Arche North Carolina, a community for […]

Women in Leadership Project publishes second collection

(Mennonite Church USA) I’ve Got the Power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, released today by the Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA, features papers from the 2016 Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference of the same name. The book includes diverse voices and perspectives on power from women around MC […]

For the body tells me so

Chris Hoover Seidel is a spiritual director and Reiki practitioner and is on staff at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and attends Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she lives with her family. Her work, “Sophia at the Crossroads: Dismantling Patriarchy […]

I finally found my people

Kristin Wood Hasselblad is a life-long nature and animal lover. Following that love, she earned degrees in Wildlife Biology (Bachelor of Science) and Raptor Biology (Master of Science). She decided to check out her local Mennonite church after reading a creation care book published by Mennonites, and has been attending there for the last 13 […]

Power that leads to courage

Ana Alicia Hinojosa is from Brownsville, Texas and recently began working for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States as Immigration Education Coordinator, where she is committed to the work of educating immigrants of their rights and bridging congregations to the work of MCC. She is a single, adoptive mother of three teenagers, who have inspired […]

Holy Spirit, come with power, breath into our aching night

Carmen Horst lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she is associate pastor at James Street Mennonite Church, a place and people she loves. Among her favorite things about pastoring are: visiting with people in their homes, preaching and interacting with the amazing children at JSMC.  The least liked part of pastoring is trying to answer emails […]

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Mennonite women claim power and celebrate diversity at second Women Doing Theology conference

By Janie Beck Kreider LEESBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) – For Chantelle Todman Moore, Mennonite Church USA’s second Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference was a rare experience in a denominational setting where she “didn’t feel tokenized” as an African-American woman. “But even in this space of progress where things are moving, I know it gets […]