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:  Women Priests
December 2021 at 8:00PM ET

Women Erased:  The Erasing of Women's Authority through Complementarianism with Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., author of "The Making of Bibilical Womanhood."
January 11, 2021 at 8:00PM ET

As a historian, Dr. Barr states that complementarianism -- the idea that women are created differently from men -- is not any different from patriarchy.  In this sense of the word, women cannot be leaders.  They cannot have authority over men.  And within the marriage relationship they are called to always be under the spiritual authority, the headship of their husbands. So complementarianism is that women are divinely created to be under masculine authority.  

On making the case for women's equality from a theological standpoint

The reason we think women cannot be in authority is simply because we've taken five or six verses from the New Testament and we have used those verses and read the entire Bible through them, through that lens. And there are mostly the Pauline verses: women be silent, women submit to your husbands, etc. And if we step away from those verses and actually put them in the context of what Paul was doing — and then put that in the context of the entire Bible — what we see is that while patriarchy exists in the Bible, that God is actually always fighting against patriarchy, that he's always raising women out of it. He's always giving women authority in surprising ways, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. And that if we look at the historical context of what Paul is actually doing in the New Testament, there are serious problems with reading Paul as telling women that they have to be silent and under the authority of men for all times.

Biographical information

(From her NPR interview) In her new book, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth, historian Beth Allison Barr traces cultural sources of patriarchy that have all but erased women's historical importance as leaders of the faith.

Barr is a Southern Baptist and a pastor's wife. In an interview with NPR, she describes the day she realized that "what we found in the Bible about what women were supposed to do did not match with what my church was saying women were supposed to do." Eventually, she and her husband left that congregation — no longer able to tolerate the contradictions, she said.  I came home from church one day. The pastor had been teaching on women's roles in the church, and during that sermon, one of the women and [one of the] men were called up to give a testimony at the end. And the testimony that they gave was that no matter if the woman agreed with her husband or not, she should always tell him, sure, and just do whatever he said, because that was what women were called to do. And I'd recently been teaching on women in the early church — and I had this moment where I realized that what we found in the Bible about what women were supposed to do did not match with what my church was saying women were supposed to do. And that in Romans 16, we see women leading in the church as teachers, as apostles, as deacons. And yet I was in a church that was telling me I couldn't even teach Sunday school without permission of our pastor.

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Past Sessions

 

Women Erased:  Women in the Midst of Pandemic with co-editor Dr. Nontando Hadebe and panelists who contributed to the new book, A Time Like No Other.
September 9, 2021 

VIDEO

Women Erased:  New Scholarship on the Efforts to Erase Mary Magdalene from John's Gospel
with Elizabeth Schrader, MA, STM (currently a Ph.D. candidate in Early Christianity at Duke University)

August 26, 2021 

Video

 

Women Erased: Grappling with Patriarchal Constructs of Women in the Lectionary and Bible with Reverend Wil Gafney, Ph.D.
July 29, 2021 


VIDEO


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

VIDEO

 

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

VIDEO

TRANSCRIPT

 

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

TRANSCRIPT

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

PPT
 

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


VIDEO

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