Women Erased Series

Women Erased Series


FutureChurch's Women Erased Series offers online presentations that uncover the many ways women's leadership, witness, and ministries have been erased from our Church's Scriptures and Lectionary, historical record and memory, and communities.

These sessions, featuring leading scholars of Biblical studies, Church History, Ecclesiology, Canon Law, and Sacraments, as well as faith leaders will not only name and explore the history, but also put forth resources for correcting the record and telling the true story of women's central role in shaping and spreading Christianity from its beginnings to today. 

Please join us as we learn from one another and prepare ourselves for taking action to build a Church where the gifts and ministries of women and all Cathoics are valued and restored.

Upcoming Sessions


Women Erased: Grappling with Patriarchal Constructs of Women in the Lectionary and Bible
with Reverend Wil Gafney, Ph.D.
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 8:00pm ET

Hebrew Bible Scholar, Rev. Wil Gafney., Ph.D., argues that the overwhelming majority of Christians receive their scripture mediated through a lectionary. Lectionaries are not simply as androcentric as are the scriptures, but women are even less well represented than they are in the biblical text. To the degree that biblical texts function as scripture for religious readers, it ought to be possible to tell the story of God and God’s people through the most marginalized characters in the text. Though the bible is an androcentric document steeped in patriarchy, a women’s lectionary should demonstrate and grapple with the gender constructs of the text rather than romanticize heroines.

The story of Jesus and those who tell his story may begin for some with the gospels and the story of a miraculous pregnancy. At least that is what the table of contents suggest. Tables of contents are implicitly suggested reading sequences. But suggested by whom? All of our stories have editors behind the curtains who curate or shape what we read. Scholars of the text will tell us that another beginning to the story of Jesus is the epistles, the letters written by the presumptively male followers of his followers to tell his story because the first hand eye-witnesses had died or were dying. Some of the accounts of those witnesses would later be written down as gospels and some of them would be canonized, receiving official table of contents status. Again, hidden hands, male hands, shape the contours of the story of these sacred stories.

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Past Sessions


Woman Erased: The Critical Role of Latina Women in Leading the U.S. Catholic Church Today with Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D.
May 18, 2021

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Women Erased:  Women Religious Today with Sr. Sandra Schneiders, IHM, Ph.D.
April 20, 2021

VIDEO

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Women Erased: Women in Catholic Media -- Authority and Influence in Shaping the Stories We Read and Hear with NCR Executive Editor Heidi Schlump
March 23, 2021

VIDEO
 

Women Erased:  The Women at Vatican II with Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP, Ph.D.
February 17, 2021

VIDEO

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Women Erased: Women as Icons of Christ with Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D. 
January 28, 2021

VIDEO

 

Women Erased: Adam Has a Womb with Dr. Lizzie Berne DeGrear
November 17, 2020

VIDEO

 

Women Erased:  #NunsToo - Media's Role in Obscuring the Abuse of Women by Priests by Dr. Tara Tuttle
October 8, 2020

VIDEO
 

Women Erased:  Talking Truth About the Sacraments with Susan Ross, Ph.D.
September 22, 2020

VIDEO

 

Women Erased:  Restoring the Memory of Black Catholic Women with Sr. Anita Baird, DHM
August 28, 2020

VIDEO
 

Women Erased: In Search of the Majority with Carolyn Osiek, Ph.D
July 14, 2020

VIDEO

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Women Erased:  Reading the Bible Against the Grain with Carol Dempsey, OP, Ph.D.
June 18, 2020

VIDEO


Women Erased:  From the Lectionary with Michael Peppard, Ph.D.
May 6, 2020


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