#WATERTalk: Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century


WATERtalks: Feminist Conversations in Religion Series 

Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century:
Technology, Dialogue, & Expanding Borders


Xochitl Alvizo, Gina Messina-Dysert, & Rosemary Radford Ruether

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET

The editors of Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders (Routledge, 2015) will discuss new movements in feminism and religion, as well as the ways in which technology creates spaces for expanded dialogue and change. Their volume brings together more than 15 feminist theologians across generations to reflect on the state of the art. The hour will offer an insightful portrait into the history and modern direction of feminist religion.

Xochitl Alvizo recently completed her Ph.D. in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. She will be Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Gender (LGBT), Sex, and Sexuality at California State University, Northridge, in the fall. Xochitl is co-founder of Feminism and Religion, an online project that brings together multiple feminist voices from around the world to dialogue about feminism in religion at the intersection of scholarship, activism, and community. She is co-founder of the Pub Church, Boston.

Gina Messina-Dysert is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College and co-founder of feminismandreligion.com. She is the author of Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence (Routledge, 2014), and co-editor (with Rosemary Radford Ruether) of Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2014). She is active in movements to end violence against women and explores opportunities for spiritual healing for those who have encountered gender-based violence. See her TEDx Talk here. Gina can be followed on Twitter @FemTheologian and see her website, http://GinaMessinaDysert.com.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is a renowed feminist scholar and Catholic theologian. She is currently Senior Visiting Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Graduate University, where she earned a Ph.D. in classics and patristics in 1965. Rosemary is the author of more than 40 books and hundreds of articles on feminism, eco-feminism, and Christianity. She has also lectured all over the world. Rosemary has held numerous teaching positions including as the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Northwestern University and the Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is the recipient of more than ten honorary doctorates in humane letters.

Recommended Resources: 
• Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2015) 
• “What is Feminism and Why Should we do it?”
“Our Sisters’ Feminism”
“The New Feminist Revolution in Religion”

Register Here

Email Cathy Jaskey at waterstaff@hers.com if you have any trouble registering or need more information. Thank you!

Categories: General


3 replies

  1. Sounds like a great conference. Please update Dr. Prof Alvizo’s bio.


  2. I cringe whenever I read the phrase “rape culture”, as I fear it is another attempt to convince men that nudity isn’t sexual. There’s really no other issue to argue about, is there? You can either (a) convince men that nudity isn’t sexual or (b) convince women to cover their nude bodies.

    Men have an unconscious biological drive. Women have a conscious choice. The solution should be obvious. Reprogramming men would take a lot of effort (and might end the human race in the process). Reprogramming women is much easier (and will allow the human race to continue).

    If you choose option A, then you are a feminist. If you choose option B, then you are religious. It then makes no sense to combine feminism and religion, because you must be preferring one over the other.


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