Please use this Resource List to enhance or substitute portions of the four sample gatherings. You may also want to use it to further explore the topic of women, spirituality and religion in your group. In addition, after exploring the issues of women in our church, your group may decide to take action on these pressing concerns, so we have included ideas for action at the end.

SCRIPTURE QUOTES

SCRIPTURE STORIES

VATICAN TEACHING

RITUALS

BOOKS

VIDEOS

In addition, the Women’s Ordination Conference publishes NewWomen, NewChurch bi-annually, and it contains articles about a feminist, inclusive priesthood and church, as well as current developments in the women’s ordination movement. You must be a current member of WOC to receive New Women, New Church and our archives.

SPEAKERS

To find a speaker in your area that focuses on feminist spirituality and/or women’s ordination, please call the national office of the Women’s Ordination Conference (202) 675-1006. There are women throughout the country who have a long and intense commitment to feminist ministry and the women’s ordination movement, and WOC can connect you to them.

WEBLINKS FOR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is a national organization that works for the ordination of women into a renewed priestly priesthood and church that is inclusive and liberating for all God’s creation.
  2. Call To Action (CTA) is a national movement working for equality and justice in the Church and society.
  3. FutureChurch is a national coalition of parish-centered Catholics who seek the full participation of all baptized Catholics in the life of the Church.
  4. Dignity/USA works for respect and justice for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy and support.
  5. Women-Church Convergence is a coalition of autonomous Catholic-rooted organizations raising a feminist voice and committed to an ekklesia of women which is participative, egalitarian and self-governing.
  6. Women’s Ordination Catholic Internet Library is an Internet library on women’s ordination, this website presents alternative views of scripture, tradition, and the magisterium, as well as research and other resources.

ARTS & ARTISTS

Dr. Dorothy Irvin, Creator of “Calendar: The Archaeology of Women’s Traditional Ministries in the Church.” For more information, contact WOC at (202) 675-1006 or [email protected].

The Last Supper print. This print depicts an artist’s rendering of the Last Supper as it likely occurred, complete with women and children, rather than just the twelve apostles. May be used in group meditation. For more information, contact BASIC, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Ireland.

OTHER RESOURCES

Women’s Ordination Conference offers the following resources:

Top Ten Reasons to Ordain Women

Why Women Should Be Priests,  by Fr. Roy Bourgeois  (2015)

Why Ordination?  A comprehensive article on why women should be ordained into an inclusive and accountable Roman Catholic Church

Fact Sheet on Women’s Ordination

Feminine Images of God in the Bible

Bearing Witness: A resource guide for organizing events in your community for women’s ordination, whether you have one person, or 200

Equal Justice Reserve Note, featuring St. Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of WOC

ACTION STEPS

Once your group has studied the concerns of women and the church, consider organizing and/or participating in one of the following events. For more information or help in organizing an action, contact one of the church reform groups listed in this packet.

  • Mary of Magdala Celebrations, July 22, contact FutureChurch
  • St. Therese of Lisieux Events, October 1, contact Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC)
  • Call to Action (CTA) National Conference, first weekend in November
  • CTA Regional Conferences, various times and locations, contact CTA
  • Women’s Ordination Worldwide Conference, contact WOC
  • Ask your pastor and parish liturgy committee to make sure scripture readings that subordinate women aren’t being read from the pulpit in your faith community or, if they are, make sure the pastor and people address them in a way that allows for dialogue and education about the need for women’s liberation in scripture, church, and society.
  • Prayerful protest during May ordinations, contact WOC
  • World Day of Prayer for Women’s Ordination, March 25, contact WOC
  • Be creative! Design an action of your own that is personal to your community.

Prayers

Mayan Prayer

O, God, beauty of the day, heart of the heavens and of the earth;

giver of wealth, giver of daughters and sons.

Help us to feel within ourselves the need to search for you,

to invoke your name, to praise you along the roads,

in the valleys, in the ravines,

on the riverbanks and under the trees.

Protect us, that we may not be entangled in evil,

that we will not trip into shame and misfortune.

Help us not to slip and get hurt, that we may not fall along the way.

Protect us from obstacles that might pursue us or appear before us.

Give us only beautiful straight paths, beautiful good paths.

Grant that we might believe in you, be drawn to you

and that our existence might be happy.

O God, heart of the heavens and of the earth, hidden treasure.

You fill the heavens and earth at the four cardinal points.

Grant that there might be only peace and tranquility in the universe,

May it be so. Amen.

From the Popul Vuh, Mayan book of the Dawn of Life

Remember

Remember the sky that you were born under,

know each of the star’s stories.

Remember the moon, know who she is. I met her in a bar once in Iowa City.

Remember the sun’s birth, how your mother struggled to give you form and breath.

You are evidence of her life, and her mother’s, and hers.

Remember your father. He is your life, also.

Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth, brown earth, we are earth.

Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes,

their families, their histories, too.

Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.

Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the origin of this universe.

I heard her singing Kiowa war dance songs at the corner of Forth and Central once.

Remember that you are all people and that all people are you.

Remember that you are this universe and that this universe is you.

Remember that all is in motion, is growing, is you.

Remember that language comes from this.

Remember the dance that language is, that life is. Remember.

Joy Harjo, Muskogee Tribe, American Indian, Of Rolling Waters and Roaring Wind: A Celebration of the Woman Song . WCC Publications, Geneva: 2000.

Energy for Change

You, Holy Mystery, are the source of transforming energy among all creatures.

You initiate novelty, instigate change, transform what is dead into new bursts of life.

Fertility is intimately related to your re-creative power, as is the attractiveness of sex.

It is you who are ultimately playful, fascinating, pure and wise,

luring human beings into the depths of love.

It is you who move us all toward creativity and joy

in the struggle toward healing and liberation.

We give thanks for calling us into your vitality and strength.

Response: Holy Womb of All, empowering, freeing, in you we live and move and have our being.

William Cleary, USA, Prayers to She Who Is, Crossroad, New York: 1997

Nourish Us with Your Spirit

Abba Godde,* we come to You with heavy hearts, but trusting in You.

In Ruah, your Holy Spirit, In Sophia, your divine wisdom

In love, your universal language.

Help us love unconditionally — each other in our times of need,

And those we consider our enemies.

Help us see each other as You do,

You long to reconcile us.

Breathe into us new life

Lift us out of the depths of mourning

Calm the tumultuous sea of our thoughts and feelings

Quench our aching thirst and ravenous hunger for justice

Nourish us with your life-giving spirit

Intensify our passion to take steps toward Your reign.

Empower us to be like seeds that fall on good soil,

Developing deep roots, Growing in faith, Reaping a full harvest of

Your creation who live as one through Baptism in Christ

Learning from Mary Magdalene,

Who remained with Jesus as a leader in his ministry, at his crucifixion,

And at his tomb — Weeping, yet remaining.

Remaining long enough to see Jesus — RESURRECTED!

Help us remain, and be with us as we remain, In our weeping, In our despair, In our anger

That we may see the Risen Christ: The Resurrected Church!

Your church where all are welcome at the table and the altar,

More than welcome, Sought after, nourished and encouraged.

Help us step back and take a long view

Of your creation, and of You.

Blessed be. Amen.

Aisha S. Taylor, written during the papal transition of April 2005

Scripture Quotes on Women

This is a sample selection of scripture texts about women. Each of the following bible quotes is taken from the Inclusive Bible, translated by Priests for Equality, a Project of the Quixote Center, unless noted otherwise

Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them, God created humankind, male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:27

Women disciples remained with Jesus at the cross when most male disciples fled.

“A group of women were present, looking on from a distance. These were the same women who had followed Jesus from Galilee as ministers to him. Among them were Mary of Magdala; Mary, the mother of James and Joseph; and the mother of Zebedee’s children.” Matthew 27: 55-56

“A large crowd was following, many of them women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him…All the acquaintances of Jesus and the women who had come with him from Galilee stood at a distance, looking on…Joseph took the body down, wrapped it in fine linen and laid it in a tomb cut out rock…The women who accompanied Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph, saw the tomb and watched as the body was placed in it. Then they went home to prepare the spices and ointments.” Luke 23:27-56

“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala came with Mary to inspect the tomb…Suddenly Jesus stood before them and said, “Shalom!” The women came up, embracing Jesus’ feet and worshiped. At this point, Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell the disciples to go to Galilee, where they will see me.” Matthew 28:1-10

“There were also some women present looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary of Magdala; Mary, the mother of James the younger and Joses; and Salome. These women had followed Jesus when he was in Galilee and attended to his needs.” Mark 15: 40-41

“Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother; his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas; and Mary of Magdalene.” John 19:25

The resurrected Jesus appeared first to women, including Mary Magdalene in all four gospels.

“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala came with Mary to inspect the tomb…Suddenly Jesus stood before them and said, “Shalom!” The women came up, embracing Jesus’ feet and worshiped. At this point, Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell the disciples to go to Galilee, where they will see me.” Matthew 28:1-10

“Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week, appearing first to Mary of Magdala, out of whom the savior cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9

“…The women came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled back from the tomb, but when they entered the tomb, they didn’t find the body of Jesus…The women were Mary of Magdala, Joanna and Mary the mother of James.” Luke 24:1-11

“Meanwhile, Mary stood weeping beside the tomb…she caught sight of Jesus standing there…Jesus then said, “Don’t hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to Abba God. Rather, go to the sisters and brothers and tell them, ‘I’m ascending to my Abba and to your Abba, my God and your God!’ ” John 20:11-18

Women served as active, important and influential leaders in the early church.

“…From there we went to Phillippi… On the Sabbath we went along the river outside the gates, thinking we might find a place of prayer. We sat and preached to the women who had come to the gathering. One of them was named Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. As she listened to us, Christ opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household were baptized, she extended us an invitation: “If you are convinced that I am a believer in Christ, please come and stay with us We accepted.” Acts 16:12-15

“Meanwhile, Mary stood weeping beside the tomb…she caught sight of Jesus standing there…Jesus then said, “Don’t hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to Abba God. Rather, go to the sisters and brothers and tell them, ‘I’m ascending to my Abba and to your Abba, my God and your God!’ ” John 20:11-18

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae. Welcome her, in the name of Our God, in a way worthy of the holy ones, and help her with her needs. She has looked after a great many people, including me. Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila; they were my co-workers in the service of Christ Jesus, and even risked their lives for my sake. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them… My greetings to Mary, who has worked hard for you…Greetings to the sisters Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who work hard for our God; greetings to my friend Persis who has done so much for our God.” Romans 16:1-16

“Each of you is a child of God because of your faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. In Christ, there is no Jew or Greek, slave or citizen, male or female. All are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28

“But they were grieved. They wept greatly, saying, how shall we go to the Gentiles and preach the gospel of the Kingdom of the Son of Man? If they did not spare Him, how will they spare us? Then Mary stood up, greeted them all, and said to her brethren, Do not weep and do not grieve nor be irresolute, for His grace will be entirely with you and will protect you. But rather, let us praise His greatness, for He has prepared us and made us into Men. When Mary said this, she turned their hearts to the Good, and they began to discuss the words of the Savior. Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them. Mary answered and said, What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you. And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision. He answered and said to me, Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.” from Gospel of Mary, Chapter 5 fragment, Gnostic Society Library

Scripture Stories About Women

Jesus broke cultural and religious conventions by speaking to women in public, healing, anointing, teaching women. The following stories illustrate a few examples:

  • John 4:1-27: Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman, and the male disciples are more surprised that Jesus is talking to a woman than a Samaritan
  • Luke 10:38-42: Jesus teaches Mary and Martha
  • Luke 13:10-42: Crippled Woman on Sabbath
  • Luke 18:1-8: Female example of persistence in the Persistent Widow
  • Mark 1:29-31; Matthew 8:14-16; Luke 4:38-41: Jesus cures Simon’s Mother-in-law
  • Mark 5:25-34; Matthew 9:20-22; Luke 8:43-48: Woman with the Hemorrhage
  • Mark 14:1-9: Jesus defends and anoints women
  • Mark 13:38-44; Luke 21:1-4: Female model of piety in a poor woman
  • Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 5:25-34; Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:43-48: Female examples of faith

Vatican Teaching About Women

Women’s Leadership in the Church

“I make an appeal to the women of the church today to assume new forms of leadership in service and I appeal to all the institutions of the church to welcome this contribution of women.” (John Paul II, Appeal to the Church on Women’s Behalf, 1995)

“While the Church is bound to give witness to justice, she recognizes that everyone who ventures to speak to people about justice must first be just in their eyes. Hence we must undertake an examination of the modes of acting and of the possessions and lifestyle found within the Church herself.” (“Concerning Justice in the World,” 1971 Synod of Bishops.)

“From her own experience the Church knows that her ministry of fostering human rights in the world requires continued scrutiny and purification of her own life, her laws, institutions and policies …In the Church, as in other institutions and groups, purification is needed in internal practices and procedures.” (Paul VI and the 1994 Synod of Bishops, “Dirritti dell”uomo e riconciliazione, L’Osservatore Romano, October 26, 1974 , p.5)

“We need to look at alternative ways in which women can exercise leadership in the church. We welcome this leadership, which in some ways is already a reality, and we commit ourselves to enhancing the participation of women in every possible aspect of church life.” (Strengthening the Bonds of Peace, U.S. Bishops, 1994)

“…every kind of social or cultural discrimination in basic personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion, must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design. It is deeply to be deplored that these basic personal rights are not yet being respected everywhere, as is the case with women who are denied the chance freely to choose a husband, or a state of life, or to have access to the same educational and cultural benefits as are available to men.” (Gaudium et Spes, no.29)

“We can say with certainty that discrimination against women contradicts the will of Christ. We are painfully aware that sexism, defined as ‘unjust discrimination based on sex,’ is still present in some members of the Church. We reject sexism and pledge renewed efforts to guard against it in church teaching and practice.” (Strengthening the Bonds of Peace, U.S. Bishops, 1994)

Women Role Models

“…it is necessary that the Church recognize all the gifts of men and women for her life and mission, and put them into practice.” (John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, no.49)

” But I am convinced that the secret of making speedy progress in achieving full respect for women and their identity involves more than simply the condemnation of discrimination and injustices, necessary though this may be. Such respect must first and foremost be won through an effective and intelligent campaign for the promotion of women, concentrating on all areas of women’s life and beginning with a universal recognition of the dignity of women.” ( John Paul II, Letter to Women 1995)

Feminist Spirituality

“The participation of women is more than an issue of justice.  To the extent that we are open to women’s gifts, acknowledgment of our deep need for their strengths must follow — strengths that provide essential balance to those of men.” (Bishop Gerald Wiesned, OMI, Prince George B.C. Speech to 1997 Synod on the Americas)

“…Unfortunately even today there are situations in which women live, de facto if not legally, in a condition of inferiority.  It is urgently necessary to cultivate everywhere a culture of equality, which will be lasting and constructive to the extent that it reflects God’s plan  … Equality between man and woman is a fact asserted from the first page of the Bible in the stupendous narrative of creation.”  (John Paul II, June 25, 1995)

“As far as personal rights are concerned, there is an urgent need to achieve real equality  (sic) in every area: equal pay for equal work, protection for working mothers, fairness in career advancements, equality of spouses with regard to family rights, and the recognition of everything that is part of the rights and duties of citizens in a democratic state.” (John Paul II,  Letter to Women, July 10, 1995)

“We welcome, too, women’s leadership in more traditional areas, e.g. in advocacy for church and societal policies that support just remuneration for women…” (Strengthening the Bonds of Peace, U.S. Bishops, 1994)

“Women have a full right to become actively involved in all areas of public life, and this right must be affirmed and guaranteed, also, where, necessary, through appropriate legislation”  (John Paul II, 1995 World Day of Peace Message, no. 9 John Paul II)

Women’s Ordination

“Unfortunately, we are heirs to a history which has conditioned us to a remarkable extent. In every time and place, this conditioning has been an obstacle to the progress of women. Women’s dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude.  ….And if objective blame, especially in particular historical consequences has belonged to not just a few members of the Church, for this I am truly sorry.”  (John Paul II,  Letter to Women, July 10, 1995)

“It is therefore urgently necessary to take certain concrete steps, beginning with providing room for women to  participate in different fields and at all levels, including decision-making processes, above all in matters which concern women themselves.” (John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation on Consecrated Life, 58, 1996)

“The revised code of canon law contains many provisions on the participation of women in the life and mission of the church.  They are provisions that must be more commonly known and, according to the diverse sensibilities of culture and opportunities in a pastoral situation, be realized with greater timeliness and determination.”(Apostolic Exhortation on the Laity, 51, John Paul II, 1988)

Rituals

1. Seeking the Pure Water

Participants are handed candles. A single candle is lit and the light passed along. Participants hold their lighted candles while the poem is read, and then they burn throughout the liturgy.

Reading: “The Burning House” by Emily Brown

The flame is no longer held within the chamber

It burns everywhere

We are on fire

Children everywhere

Seeking water that will heal

The holy water that is clear

Water unpolluted

But everywhere there is dirt and dust that has settled into and poisoned the streams

Deep, deep down in the earth there is the pure water

The way is down

The old sources have become clogged

New wells are sought

And sounding bars, divining rods, of every kind

Are held over the sands of our time in efforts to discern the new watering places

That might be there Deep down For us

I have met her, that one

Who holds a true divining rod that one who is seeking pure water

“The Burning Bush” by Emily Brown in Well of Living Waters ed. By Rhoda Head et al. C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, 1977, reprinted with permission in Liberating Liturgies.

At this time participants — preselected or spontaneous — are asked to share their reflections on the poem. Participants are next invited to name women brought to mind and heart by the poem and reflections.

Taken from Liberating Liturgies, Women’s Ordination Conference, 1989

2. Celebrate Summer!

Summer-time, more than any other, is a time to take off our shoes. With bare feet we can feel God’s earth: the damp grass, the hot sand, the ocean’s creeping wavelets. With out shoe-less feet we can touch God!

Reader: Exodus 3:1-5

Response: To each of the following petitions, the response is: “We take off our shoes, O God!”

  • To see you in a summer sunset. “We take off our shoes, O God!”
  • To taste you in a refreshing summer drink. “We…”
  • To hear you in the crashing waves. “We…”
  • To smell you in a campfire meal cooking. “We..”
  • To touch you in a cooling summer breeze. “We…”

The blessing cup: Now pass a cup filled with lemonade or other summery beverage.

Taken from Liberating Liturgies, Women’s Ordination Conference, 1989

For more ritual and liturgical ideas, contact Women’s Ordination Conference for a copy of “Liberating Liturgies,” a compilation of inclusive liturgies and meditations for small faith groups. WOC has many other inclusive liturgical resources as well.

Books

BOOKS on WOMEN’s ORDINATION and FEMINIST THEOLOGY

Aquino, Maria Pilar. Our Cry for Life: Feminist Theology from Latin America. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1993

Bonavoglia, Angela. Good Catholic Girls: How Women are Leading the Fight to Change the Church . New York: ReganBooks, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2005.

Cannon, Katie Geneva. Katie’s Cannon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community. New York: Continuum, 1995.

Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. Catechism of the Catholic Church. United States Catholic Conference, 1994.

Chittister, Joan. Life Ablaze: A Woman’s Novena. Frankin, WI: Sheed & Ward, 2000.

Chittister, Joan. The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman’s Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000.

De La Torre, Miguel A. and Edwin David Aponte. Introducing Latino/a Theologies. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.

DiFranco, Eileen McCafferty. How to Keep your Parish Alive. Philadelphia: Emergence Education Press 2017.

Englert, Mary and Maureen Brett. Keeping the Vision Alive: 1976-2001. Cleveland: Cleveland Women’s Ordination Conference (CWOC), 2001.

Gallares, Judette A. Images of Faith: Spirituality of Women in the Old Testament. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1992.

Gebara, Ivone. Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1999.

Halter, Deborah. The Papal “No”: A Comprehensive Guide to the Vatican’s Rejection of Women’s Ordination. New York: Crossroads Publishing, 2004.

Heyward, Carter. Speaking of Christ: A Lesbian Feminist Voice. New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1989.

Isasi-Diaz, Ada Maria. Mujerista Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997.

Johnson, Elizabeth A. She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse. New York: Crossroads, 1992.

King, Karen. The Gospel of Mary Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle. Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge Press, 2003.

King, Ursula. Feminist Theology from the Third World: A Reader. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1994.

Kyung, Chung Hyun. Struggle to be the Sun Again: Introducing Asian Women’s Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1990.

McEwan, Dorothea and Myra Poole. Making All Things New: Women’s Ordination — A Catalyst for Change in the Catholic Church. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2003.

Monda, Barbara J. Rejoice Beloved Woman! The Psalms Revisioned. Notre Dame Indiana: Sorin Books, 2004.

Mitchem, Stephanie. Introducing Womanist Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.

Oduyoye Amba, Mercy. Introducing African Women’s Theology. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Patrick, Anne E. Liberating Conscience: Feminist Explorations in Catholic Moral Theology. New York: Continuum, 1996.

Pui-Lan, Kwok. Introducing Asian Feminist Theology. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.

Radford Ruether, Rosemary. Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993.

Rupp, Joyce. The Star in My Heart: Experiencing Sophia, Inner Wisdom. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2003.

Russell, Letty M., Kwok Pui-Lan, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, and Katie Geneva Cannon, eds. Inheriting our Mother’s Gardens: Feminist Theology in Third World Perspective. Louisville, KY: Westminster Press, 1988.

Schneiders, Sandra M. Beyond Patching: Faith and Feminism in the Catholic Church. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1991.

Schussler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1984.

Schussler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Wisdom Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation.Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.

Storkey, Elaine. What’s Right With Feminism. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s, 1985.

Townes, Emilie M. In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality As Social Witness. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.

Williams, Delores S. Sisters in the Wilderness: the Challenge of Womanist God-Talk. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1993.

Winter, Miriam Therese. Out of the Depths: The Story of Ludmila Javorova, Ordained Roman Catholic Priest. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2001.

Wijngaards, John. The Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo’s Egg Tradition. New York: Continuum, 2001.

Videos

 

Archaeological Evidence of Women Priests and Bishops

This program presents a conversation with Dr. Dorothy Irvin, a Catholic theologian and archaeologist, who provides convincing evidence from mosaics, frescoes, and inscriptions that women ministered as priests and bishops in the early church. To order the video, visit www.godtalktv.org/archaeological .html

Equals and Partners in Ministry

This video features an interview with Rev. Joan Hammond and Rev. Ed Leis, a married couple who share their journey from the Roman Catholic Church to the Free Catholic Church. Joan was a Roman Catholic nun and Ed was a Roman Catholic priest. Now both are priests who minister as equals and partners. To order a video, send check/money order for $20 (plus $5 each for postage and handling) to: Godtalk Foundation, 5856 Glen Forest Drive, Falls Church, Va. 22041.

In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith

The story of a nun who seeks human rights for the queer community but finds herself battling the Vatican. An inspiring story of one woman’s determination to seek justice in the Catholic Church.

Iron Jawed Angels

This film depicts Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor) who were two women instrumental in the women’s rights movement. The story revolves around the struggle to get the right to vote. It may be used as an inspirational film of women struggling against institutional discrimination.

Women’s Ordination: God’s Gift for a Renewed Church

In her groundbreaking scholarship on women’s ordination, Ida Raming argues that church teaching affirms that baptism, not male gender, is the basis for ordination to priesthood. She reveals and provides evidence for how and why current teaching is rooted in centuries-old discrimination against women. The ban on women’s ordination is in contradiction to the authentic teaching of the church. This video presents clips of Ida Raming explaining her position. Contact [email protected] to order the video.

Women’s Ordination: The Hidden Tradition

The BBC filmed this documentary in the 1990’s. It displays excellent historical evidence about women priests in the early church.

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican 

Director Jules Hart explores the history of women’s ordination in the Roman Catholic Church and Roman Catholic Women Priests movement. More information here

WOC Videos

We have created several videos available online through our YouTube page. Highlights include: “Ordain a Lady,” and “Vatican: It’s a Man’s World”