Thursday, April 18, 2013
55 minutes - 22 MB - Dr. Paul Lakeland

Theologian Dr. Paul Lakeland presents the facts about conscience formation and when it is necessary to dissent for Finding Your Voice: Conscience and Dissent a Women and the Word Teleconference. He offers guidance on the primacy of conscience and how our own individual consciences can empower and guide our actions as Catholics.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
31 minutes - 16.6 MB - Sr. Kate Kuenstler

Canon Lawyer Sr. Kate Kuenstler, PHJC, presents the rights and obligations of Catholics for the Finding Your Voice: Canon Law and the Laity a Women and the Word Teleconference. She offers insight on the realities of Canon Law and how it can empower and guide our actions as Catholics. Kate operates a private practice in Canon Law and advocates for the rights of the laity and their role in the Catholic Church.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
50 minutes - 45.6 MB - Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ

Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Presents on Connecting with our Sisters: The Life and Times of Phoebe, Priscilla and Perpetua. She addresses how these women in the churches of the first generations lived and expressed their faith, how they envisioned a future church, and how we today can follow their example in humility and hope. Sr. Carolyn is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and co-author of many books including A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity.

Friday, January 20, 2012
1 hour, 5 minutes - 44.4 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ

Early women leaders, whose teaching and evangelizing was so foundational to the spread of Christianity were progressively forbidden to do either until, by the fifth century (with some notable exceptions), they were in the main silenced and excluded from church preaching and governance. And still today. Sadly, this early suppression came to be revered as "the continuous tradition of the Church" despite significant historical and archaeological evidence to the contrary. This presentation explores trajectories suppressing women's leadership and examine implications for the ongoing struggle for women's equality in Catholicism today. Practical strategies for healing institutional deafness to "Women of the Word" are also discussed as well as information about newly available slides of 4th century women leaders from the Pio Christian museum.

Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ is the Executive Director of FutureChurch. She has Master's degrees in midwifery and theology and, with the able assistance of FutureChurch staffers, developed and administers four national dialogue projects - Women in Church Leadership, The Future of Priestly Ministry, Celebrating Women Witnesses and the Save Our Parish Community project. In 2007 and 2008 Schenk, coordinated an international effort to "put women back in the biblical picture" at the Synod on the Word.

Friday, January 20, 2012
1 hour, 39 minutes - 45.5 MB - Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB

Fr. Anthony OSB Ruff discusses why we got new translation guidelines, which are a complete reversal of the previous ones, and what the results are in the English text of the missal - both its strengths and its deep problems. He examines how the new missal reflects the exercise of authority in the Church, which is becoming less collegial and more centralized. Fr. Ruff reflects on the many ways a faithful Catholic might respond to this dilemma, ranging from collaboration to resistance.

Fr. Ruff is a monk of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN. He teaches liturgy, liturgical music, and Gregorian chant at St. John's University School of Theology Seminary. He is widely published. He is the author of Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations, and of Responsorial Psalms for Weekday Mass: Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. He does priestly ministry at the local county jail and the neighboring community of Benedictine Sisters.

Friday, January 20, 2012
1 hour, 9 minutes - 47.5 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ

If you are wondering what to do when a new pastor dismantles effective parish programs, when a beloved pastoral minister is dismissed for believing in women's equality or when your vibrant parish is threatened with closure against your will, this workshop is for you. Sr. Chris Schenk will share spirituality and strategies for discerning a response to common abuses of authority in the US church.

Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ is the Executive Director of FutureChurch. She has Master's degrees in midwifery and theology and, with the able assistance of FutureChurch staffers, developed and administers four national dialogue projects - Women in Church Leadership, The Future of Priestly Ministry, Celebrating Women Witnesses and the Save Our Parish Community project. In 2007 and 2008 Schenk, coordinated an international effort to put women back in the biblical picture" at the Synod on the Word.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
1 hour, 21 minutes - 34.7 MB - Regina Bosclair, Ph.D.

On February 23, 2011, FutureChurch held a free phone conference entitled, Biblical Women Missing from the Lectionary - Why It Matters with a presentation by Regina Boisclair, Ph.D.

Regina Boisclair, PhD. is the Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University and author of Amnesia in the Catholic Sunday Lectionary: Women- Silenced from the Memories of Salvation History published in Women and Theology, the annual publication of the College Theology Society, 1994

The teleconference included a presentation by Dr. Boisclair as well as time to learn about the FutureChurch resources that are available to assist in putting more women back in the biblical picture, especially during Holy Week and the Easter season.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
1 hour, 20 minutes - 108 MB - Sylvia Poggioli

February 3, 2011, Drinko Hall-Cleveland State University

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli presented her analysis of world events for almost 20 years including her take on happenings in and around the Vatican and the creation of the European Union.

Sylvia Poggioli is the senior European correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk and reports from Rome, Italy; the Balkans; other parts of Europe; and the Middle East. She often covers events at the Vatican and covered FutureChurch's 2006 and 2007 pilgrimages to Rome archaeological sites of early women leaders. Poggioli can be heard on NPR's award winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Thursday, September 30, 2010
1 hour, 6 minutes - 61 MB - Sr. Theresa Kane

Sr. Therese Kane gives a dynamic and scholarly presentation encouraging followers of Jesus today to belong to small communities and structure their leadership to encourage the virtues of friendship, spirituality, peacefulness, generosity, and gender equality in the manner of the early Christians who followed Jesus.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
1 hour, 6 minutes - 45 MB - Dr. Sheila McGinn, PhD

While listening to Dr. McGinn's podcast, you may find it helpful to refer to Romans 16: 1-16.

On July 22, 2009, New Testament expert Dr. Sheila McGinn regaled a receptive crowd of about seventy with her humorous accounts of early women leaders such as Lydia, Phoebe and Prisca. Far from being meek helpmates, Dr. McGinn explained that these women were actually wise patrons and evangelists without whom Paul's mission would have been impossible. They led prayer, managed table fellowship, decided the missionary agenda of a group, and worked with Paul to proclaim the Gospel. Their witness confirms the ministry of women leaders in the early Church and today.

Dr. Sheila E. McGinn, is a professor of biblical studies & early Christianity at John Carroll University. Sheila received her doctorate from Northwestern University. She teaches courses on a wide variety of New Testament topics, and her recent publication include studies of several of Paul's letters, the women in Matthew's passion resurrection story, The Acts of Thecla, and the Montanist Oracles.

Thursday, January 22, 2009
63 minutes - 11 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Sr. Chris Schenk of FutureChurch reports on the October 6-26 World Synod of Bishops on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church," For two years, Schenk spearheaded a CTA supported national Women and the Word campaign asking the synod to "put women back in the biblical picture" by inviting women biblical experts, devoting pastoral attention to Jesus' and St. Paul's inclusive practice, expanding preaching opportunities for women and restoring women leaders to lectionary texts from which their witness was diminished and deleted. Schenk reviews remarkable campaign successes including the fact that the Vatican invited the greatest number of women ever to participate as auditors and biblical experts. Also, for the first time in history, the synod "recognized and encouraged the ministry of women of the Word," and discussed the need to restore women's stories to the Lectionary.

Thursday, September 18, 2008
1 hour (in two files) - 90 MB - Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the featured speaker at FutureChurch's 18th annual fund raising banquet held in Cleveland on September 18th. Kathleen is the oldest daughter of Robert Kennedy and served two terms as lieutenant governor of Maryland. Her warm and relational style was well received as she shared some of the main themes of her recent book, Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches are Mixing God and Politics and Losing Their Way.

Thursday, June 5, 2008
74 minutes (in two files) - 52.8 MB - Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

Going back to the Bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power and offers nothing less than a vision for a church of the third millennium.

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who has degrees in philosophy, theology, and church law, was Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. In 1994 he was elected by the Australian Bishops to the National Committee for Professional Standards, coordinating the response of the Catholic Church in Australia to revelations of sexual abuse, and from 1997 until 2003 he was cochairman of this committee.

This presentation was given on June 5, 2008, in Cleveland, Ohio and was sponsored by FutureChurch.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
1 hour, 5 minutes - 26.3 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Wondering what progressive Catholics believe are the best ways to promote women's full ministerial equality in the Catholic Church? Sr. Chris Schenk discusses the findings of FutureChurch's Advancing Women in Church Leadership Survey of over 40,000 reform-minded Catholics. Learn about current trends and concrete strategies that are transforming institutional Catholicism from within and without.

Schenk is the director of FutureChurch which spearheads an annual effort to restore awareness of St. Mary of Magdala as the first witness to the Resurrection. She recently catalyzed the creation of the Save Our Parish Community Project designed to give parishioners and pastors the tools they need to discern and resist unjust closing or merging. She has given hundreds of media interviews and presentations about the worldwide priest shortage, women in Scripture, Eucharist, Jesus and Women, Mary of Magdala and women officeholders in the early church.