Beginning the Journey into Feminist Theology

In Verses or With? I explored what it means to be a menstruant, feminist and theologian. I’m all three and yet, I realize that not everyone who identifies as one of those things would identify with the others; sometimes these identities feel at odds with each other. I realized that the traditional (old-white-guy) theology wasn’t working for me anymore (maybe it never really did).

I’m hoping to record my journey into new (well, new to me) feminist theology, womanist theology, black feminist theology, and other liberation theologies. What I have learned so far is that feminist theology is sometimes seen as white feminist theology with all of the problems white privilege brings. I’m sure that sometimes my privilege shows, but I’m hoping to read and listen to others who come from different backgrounds as I work out my theology. One of my ideas was to have a group that would meet and work out theology together, but my friend/acquaintance group is not as diverse as it needs to be to have the rich conversations I would love to be a part of, so that plan in on the back burner for now.

I made a theologian/book list by: talking to a couple of people at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, snapping pictures of their book shelves, and taking not-so-thorough notes. I would welcome any corrections/clarifications, additional readings or any other help to be added in the comment section. I’m certain I don’t have everyone in the correct wave (help please). Thanks!

First wave:

Letty M. Russell

  • “Church in the Round” (this is the first book on the list I’ve started reading)
  • “Human Liberation in a Feminist Perspective Theology”
  • “Feminist Interpretation of the Bible” Editor Letty M. Russell. Contributors: Barbara Brown Zinkmund, Katie Geneva Cannon, Margaret A. Farley, Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Sharon H. Ringe, J. Cheryl Exum, T. Drorah Setel, Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Elizabeth Shussler Fiorenza, Letty M. Russell and Phyllis Trible)
  • “Inheriting our Mother’s Garden” was edited by Letty Russell, Katie Geneva Cannon, Kwok Pui-Ian, and Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz

Letty M. Russell and J. Shannon Clarkson

  • “Dictionary of Feminist Theologies”

The Mudd Flower Collective (Katie Cannon, Kwok Pui-Ian, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Beverly W. Harrison, Carter Heyward, Bess B. Johnson, Mary D. Pellauer, and Nancy Richardson)

  • Their book “God’s Fierce Whimsy: Christian Feminism and Theological Education”

Jaquelyn Grant

  • “White Woman’s Christ and Black Woman’s Jesus: Feminist Christology and Womanist Response”

Katie Cannon

  • “Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community”

Virginia Fabella, M.M. and Mercy Amba Oduyoye

  • “With Passion and Compassion: Third World Women Doing Theology”

Beverly W. Harrison

  • “Justice in the Making Feminist Social Ethics”
  • “Our Right to Choose”

Carter Heyward

Bess B. Johnson

Mary D. Pellauer

Nancy Richardson

Evelyn Parker

Bell Hooks

Phillis Tribble

  • “Texts of Terror”

Rosemary Radford Reuther

  • “Sexism and God-Talk Toward a Feminist Theology”

Dori Grinenko Baker

  • “Doing Girlfriend Theology”

Chanequa Walker Barnes

  • “Too Heavy a Yoke”

Almeda M. Wright

  • “The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans”

Elizabeth Schussler Fierenze

Rebecca Todd Peters

  • “Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World”
  • She has another book on women’s reproductive rights

Mary Daly (moves to post-Christian)

  • “Beyond God the Father Toward a Philosophy of Woman’s Liberation”

Sallie McFague (might be considered beginning of second wave)

  • “Metaphorical Theology Models of God in Religious Language”

Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas

  • “Deeper Shades of Purple Womanism in Religion and Society”

Layli Phillips

  • “The Womanist Reader”

Traci C. West

  • “Disruptive Christian Ethics”

Second wave:

Alice Walker

Delores S. Williams

  • “Sisters in the Wilderness The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk”

Emilie M. Townes

  • “Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil”

Kelly Brown Douglas

  • “Sexuality and the Black Church”

Third wave:

Monica A. Coleman

  • “Making a Way Out of No Way”


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