Amaryah Shaye graduated from Candler School of Theology with a Masters of Theological Studies and a love of interdisciplinary scholarship. Currently her interests circulate around race, place, and desire as theological productions of modernity. She is especially interested in how Christian theological articulations of place and desire rely on racialization and White supremacy for the cultivation of affective capacities.

Brandy Daniels is a PhD student (currently studying for comprehensive exams!) in theological studies at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests center around questions of theological anthropology at the intersections of systematic theology, critical theory, ethics, and identity. More specifically, she is interested in exploring ways in which theological discourse has operated as a site of knowledge production towards problematic constructions of gender, sexuality, and race and how, in light of such constructions, theological discourse can be liberative.

Elizabeth is an assistant professor of contemporary Catholic theology at a small Jesuit university. She received her doctorate in Catholic systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Conversant with feminist and womanist theologies, she specializes in theological anthropology and has specific research interests in discourses around disability, mental illness, and suffering. As Netflix informs her, she enjoys TV shows with a strong female lead.

Elissa is a PhD candidate in historical theology at Saint Louis University who focuses primarily on seventeenth-century French Catholicism. Presently, her research looks at the writings of Angélique Arnauld, the abbess of the Jansenist convent of Port-Royal, and argues that her sacramental and ecclesiological contributions qualify her to be considered a theologian just as much as the more well known male figures of the movement. Although trained historically, Elissa is interested in wider questions related to religion in France, ecclesiology, authority, and sacramentology.

Janice McRandal is the Director of studies in Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. She completed a doctorate in systematic theology at Charles Sturt University (Sydney) in 2013.  Her research is focused on the relationship between systematic theology and feminist theology / gender theory. She is interested in exploring the ways historical Christian faith provides resources for responding to the complex contemporary questions of gender and difference.

Katie Grimes received her doctorate in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She is currently an assistant professor of theology at Villanova University.  Katie’s academic interests include liberation theologies, calling attention to the pervasive presence of white supremacy in the Catholic church, critically retrieving natural law theory, and sexual ethics.

Maria Gwyn McDowell holds a doctorate in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She is feminist, a student of liberation theology, and a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is her life-long participation in Orthodoxy that motivates her to advocate for the ministry of Orthodox women, in particular, their ordination. Orthodoxy is her home, her joy, her love, and her abiding frustration and so she attempts to speak from within its theological framework.

Sonja is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament at Yale University with interests in ancient Christianity.  She enjoys thinking about early biblical interpretation, the eucharist, bodies, saints, war, liturgy, and the intersection of historical studies and “theology proper.”

9 thoughts on “Authors

  1. Folks — Congratulations to you! I just meandered upon your blog and, knowing some of you personally, am delighted. Great posts thus far (with a special shout out to the excellent treatment of the category of experience; see also Margaret Farley’s article on that topic!). Keep up the great work.

  2. I am working hard for women’s equality in our churches. In fact I demanded an apology from the group Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood for their teaching that denigrates women. I blog promoting Christian women’s equality. We all need to join together in this fight. I’m with you! (I can’t claim any degrees or special knowledge, but I have a fighting spirit that will not let this issue rest).

    • That is great, Shirley! Thanks so much for commenting — we all need to support each other as much as possible if we hope to move toward a world and a Christian church that empowers the dignity and equality of all of us. One of the things I most value about this blog is that it has allowed us to “meet” other women (and men) involved in the same struggle from different perspectives and Christian communities — we’re all members of the same body!

  3. How heartening to read the comments of women like yourselves! Congratulations on a great website.

    With the many current Church situations- LCWR etc. etc. might any one of you in the Boston area be willing to be part of a panel for us? We are entitling it:
    The Church. Women and the World -are we at the Crossroads?

  4. This blog is a great endeavor. I earned an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School about a hundred years ago, and was ordained in the Southern Baptist denomination before the fundamentalist takeover in the 1980s. God’s providence has led me down many paths, but I am still amazed at the persistence of prejudice against women in ministry. I will read your posts with interest and prayer!

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