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Athena to Barbie: Bodies, Archetypes, and Women's Search for Self     Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation     Brave: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Grief, Mercy, Folly, Joy, Sex, and Redemption     A Brown Girl's Epiphany: Reclaim Your Intuition and Step into Your Power     #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing     Book cover image: Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes     The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life's In-Betweens to Remake the World     The Defiant Optimist: Daring to Fight Global Inequality, Reinvent Finance, and Invest in Women     Book cover image: Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive     First and Only: A Black Woman's Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life     Fulfilled: Let Go of Shame, Embrace Your Body, and Eat the Food You Love     Girls That Never Die book cover     Good Book: How White Evangelicals Save the Bible to Save Themselves     The Gospel of Peace in a Violent World     BL_Katz_9781506481647_Gutsy_Cover     The Hero and the Whore     HildegardSaintForOurTimes.jpg     Hood Feminism     I Am Diosa     If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be     In Defense of Witches     In My Grandmother's House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit     Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and  Fractured a Nation: Kobes Du Mez, Kristin: 9781631495731: Books     Jesus Sophia          Leaving Silence     The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became  Gospel Truth: Barr, Beth Allison: 9781587434709: Books     More Than a Womb     Mothers-Daughters-Body-Image-Hillary-McBride          Pleasure Activism               Read This to Get Smarter          9781587435386.jpg     Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims     Serving Money, Serving God: Aligning Radical Justice, Christian Practice, and Church Life     Texts of Terror (40th Anniversary Edition): Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives          Thy Queendom Come: Breaking Free from the Patriarchy to Save Your Soul     Unbound               The Wisdom of Your Body          Women and Other Monsters               The Words of Her Mouth | Psalms for the Struggle (Spong)

Children's, Tweens & Teens Books

Image result for 111 Trees     Black Girl You Are Atlas     Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way     Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints - Posts | Facebook     Front Cover Preview Image - 1 of 13 - Feminist Prayers for My Daughter: Powerful Petitions for Every Stage of Her Life     Finding Beauty     A Girl's Bill of Rights     Goddess     Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints: Daneen Akers: 9781734089509: Books     I Am Mozart, Too     The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World  (CitizenKid): Humphreys, Jessica Dee, Ambrose, Rona, Shin, Simone:  9781525300585: Books     Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers     Mother God     Pinkie Promises     Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet     This Book is Feminist     Walking for Water | Kids Can Press     We Listen to Our Bodies: A picture book about body awareness and consent.     We're in This Together     You Don't Have to Be Everything

 Women’s History Month: A Book Every Day

In honor of Women’s History Month, each day Social Justice Books features a children’s book we recommend to highlight grassroots women’s history in the United States.

Companion Study Guides

Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way     Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints - Curriculum (Personal/Family  Use) — Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Pueblo Matriarch_PRIMARY.jpg5 Indigenous Women Asserting the Modern Matriarchy

They’re reclaiming the tradition of female leadership and turning the old, white, male-dominated perspective of history on its head.

BY CHELSEY LUGER / Yes! Magazine

MAR 30, 2018

Image: A Sisterhood Is Sacred. Left to Right: April Chavez (Kewa), Talavai Denipah-Cook (Ohkay Owingeh/ Hopi), Jazmin Arquero (Cochiti/Zuni), Dina DeVore (Jemez/Kewa/Laguna), Alexis Wade (Laguna), Marquel Musgrave (Nanbe' Owingeh), and Kim Smith (Diné). Photo by Cara Romero

The Girls Are Not OkayAnd evangelical theology bears a significant part of the blame


Mary the Tower

by Diana Butler Bass

What would Christianity be like if Mary Magdalene hadn't been hidden from view?


All the Marys

A Monday Musing from The Cottage - Diana Butler Bass' sermon from Wild Goose Festival, July, 2022; based on  Elizabeth Schrader’s work on the Marys.

July 18, 2022

Listen now

“A Feminist Apostles’ Creed” by Sarah Moon in “Liberating Liturgies: A Creed and a Call” at Patheos website (Sept. 17, 2014)

ImageFrom Matthew Fox: Some Poems to the Mother


Womanist biblical scholar, the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, shares Biblical Language for a God who Transcends Gender - along with pretty much every book, blog post, and article she's written.

This TheoEd lecture by Dr. Gafney is a marvelous introduction to this scholarship.


From Watershed Moment to Apocalypse Now

A warning from Southern Baptist history to the rest of us

Diana Butler Bass

 Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza reflects on Our Non-Binary God.

To Save a Forest, Look to the Women by Veronica Perková

 Women often suffer the most from environmental degradation. A nonprofit in Colombia is trying to make their needs central to conservation.

Ninfa Carianil Damaso, first female forest ranger of Fundación ProAves, poses in front of a nature preservation sign.


A painting of God as a Black woman in a cosmic setting by Annelie Solis

God in Feminine Form

By Daneen Akers of Watchfire Media

Paul, a First Century Feminist

by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Frantz

Matthew Fox writes extensively about the need to balance the Sacred Masculine with the Feminine Divine, often citing Hilldegard of Bingen, among other mystics, as references. See, for example, The Goddess as Gaia and Our Mother and Healthy Masculinity Welcoming the Return of the Divine Feminine.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble, reflecting on how our words/language create our realities, encourages us to Say What You Mean.


AMEND Together is a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to be a part of the solution.

AMENDing Through Faith is an eight-week series for men who are passionate about ending violence against women and actively seeking specific ways to make the world a better place. This series is Christian faith-based but is adaptable to other faiths.

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of resources for Preaching & Teaching Women's Stories resources.


An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

Their Gender page is updated regularly with articles reflective of current events, issues, and practices.

Video & Webinars


Hosted by ELCA World Hunger, this webinar series explores the many ways hunger and poverty intersect with other issues, including climate change, food production, access to housing, racial justice, gender justice and more; including ways we can be part of God’s promise of a just world where all are fed.

CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:

Do Christianity and Buddhism Have Shamanic Roots?: A Teach-In with Isa Gucciardi and Matthew Fox

Spiritual and Theological Evolution with Sue Monk Kidd

Boundary Training for Clergy

Cosmic Wisdom and the Divine Feminine: Lost Insights for an Emerging World - 15 Day Teach-In with Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox spends a few days with Julian of Norwich Celebrating Divine Wisdom and the Feminine and Julian: Divine Wisdom, Christ and Divine Motherhood at Work. Scroll down for the video and a more thorough discourse.

Barbara A. Holmes' film series with The Work of the People: A Transcendent Leap (on our cosmic identities), Womanist Theology, Release the Fire (on Pentecost and the Spirit), Be the Mystery, Emerging Wholeness (on God's call to love our neighbor), A Contemplative Moment (on how contemplative prayer births prophetic proclamation and action).

Study Guides

Faith - Sexism - Justice Study GuideThe ELCA's Faith, Sexism, and Justice study guide

The study guide for the social statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action is now available in Spanish. The guide features six flexible sessions that can be customized for in-person gatherings or virtual meetings. Each session incorporates prayers, videos, engaging activities, Scripture study and invitations to live out the call to gender justice in the world. Grounded in faith and love, we work for a gender justice that flows from the heart of Lutheran theology and cultivates abundant life for all people. Download the study guide in English or Spanish.

In Our Library

Arm in Arm with Adolescent Girls  -     By: Emily A. Peck-McClain     Crafting the Resistance     Divining the Body Cover     9780829816167: Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women          Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible          Re-Membering and Re-Imagining     36854706. sy475      The Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls  -     Edited By: Evelyn L. Parker          This Is My Body          Stolen: Is Social Media Stealing Your Identity? (Softcover)  -     By: Jessica Fralin