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Series: Faith and Feminism: Resistance and Persistence in the Church

Why do you stay? It is a question that scholar, theologian and author Gina Messina is often asked - but not because she is in an abusive relationship, but rather because she is Catholic and a feminist. There is a long-held belief that Christianity does not empower women, and yet many continue on and with good reason. Beneath the patriarchal man-made teachings, there is a tradition of love, inclusion, liberation and social justice. It is one that welcomes women and all to the table. That is the tradition so many continue to practice. Feminist resistance and persistence are needed to carry the Catholic Church into the future, says Gina. This presentation will consider modern-day challenges for women in the Church and opportunities to find voice, become empowered and participate in positive social change.

Gina Messina is an American feminist scholar, Catholic theologian, author and activist. She is also co-founder of She writes for The Huffington Post and is author or editor of several books, including Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay, plus the forthcoming Women Religion Revolution and Jesus in the White House. She has presented across the United States at universities, organizations, conferences and on national platforms, including appearances on MSNBC, Tavis Smiley, NPR and the TEDx stage. She also has spoken at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations to discuss matters affecting the lives of women around the world. Gina is active in movements to end violence against women and explores opportunities for spiritual healing.

Wine and cheese reception to follow the presentation.

Please register by August 24.

Start Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Start/End time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Presenter: Gina Messina