Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

God Places the Solitary in Families: Childfree Doesn’t Mean Childless

August 11, 2013

By the Rev. Shawna R.B. Atteberry, DFV co-editor, in Christian Feminism Today:

This week’s TIME Magazine cover story reports on women who have made the same decision I have: to not have children. There were two huge reasons I was not impressed with the article. First they only covered one reason why women are not having children: for the freedom and the additional time and money that comes with being childfree. The article made this choice seem like an arbitrary decision, one made in order to be able to take more vacations and buy more stuff. The Time writer did not consider the complex life situations that lead a woman or a man to decide not to have children.

The second reason I wasn’t impressed with the article is that, as a Christian, I found their definition of family too narrow.

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New Cameo Essays & Annotations

November 24, 2012

The DFV Study Bible, including more recent cameo essays and additional annotations, has now been added in PDF format.

New Music Video!

August 25, 2012

This is one of Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s many outstanding hymns. Vocals by Shannon Kincaid. For lyrics and more information, see Jann’s web site.

DFV Editors Presenting Workshops at the 2012 EEWC-CFT Conference

May 21, 2012

Two DFV editors, Dr. Laura M. Grimes and Rev. Shawna R.B. Atteberry, M.A., will be presenting workshops at the 2012 Gathering of the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Conference and Christian Feminism Today in Indianapolis, Indiana June 21 through 24. Here are descriptions of their workshops:

Shawna is presenting the workshop, “Women in the Gospel of John: The Johannine Community’s Response to Christian Communities That Limited Women Leaders.”

Workshop Description: The New Testament is not monolithic about Christian belief and worship; there are competing early communities of Christianity within our canon. Two well-known groups are those who followed Peter—the Petrine church–and those who followed Paul—the Pauline church. Both of these traditions started limiting the role of women in the church toward the end of the 1st century. But a third group—the Johannine church following John—had a different response to women’s roles. Many scholars believe the Gospel of John was written to refute the Petrine and Pauline crackdown on women’s ministry in the church. Come meet the women in this gospel and find out how this community of Christians offered a different story of women’s place in the earliest church and its ministry.

Dr. Grimes will be presenting a workshop entitled, “Wisdom’s Healing Words: Divine Feminine Resources for Christian Spirituality and Liturgy.”

Workshop description: Join a sacred circle to experience and share resources, stories, and dreams of a new world where Christian prayer and worship honor Godde our Mother, Lover and Friend–and the full equality and dignity of women created in Her image. Feminist liturgist and hymnwriter Laura Grimes will create a safe space to experience and process divine feminine prayers, songs, art, and scriptures including texts from her Sophia prayer books and the Divine Feminine Version of the New Testament, for which she serves as co-general editor.

Free Maundy Thursday Play Now Available!

March 19, 2012

A Maundy Thursday Play is now available to be downloaded (and modified if desired) for use in any congregation or setting. Detailed notes, Scripture references, and a bibliography of key works is included.