Religion Meets Feminism

Christian ‘Womanist’ to Speak on Mar. 4

MADISON, NJ-Are religion and feminism mutually exclusive?  Methodist scholar and feminist author Dr. Karen Fletcher-Baker doesn’t think so.  On March 4, she will defend her point of view at Drew University as the school’s 2009 Nelle K. Morton Lecturer.  Her talk will focus on women’s issues in society, theology and religious communities. 

Dr. Fletcher-Baker is a distinguished professor of systematic theology at Southern Methodist University.  Her presentation at Drew will draw insights from her latest book, “Dancing with God: A Womanist Perspective on the Trinity.”  The book explores the crucifixion, a metaphor the author uses for unnecessary violence.  She proffers a womanist theology that considers God’s presence in the midst of unnecessary suffering.  The book incorporates contributions from such theologians as Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Gordon Kaufman and Marjorie Suchocki. 

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, Dr. Fletcher-Baker went on to receive two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Harvard University.  She is also the author of “Sisters of Dust, Sisters of Spirit: Womanist Wordings on God and Creation.”  In 2007, Grist Magazine listed her as one of the world’s top 15 religious leaders on ecological issues.

Held annually at Drew, the Nelle K. Morton Lectureship is named in honor of an early feminist educator and theologian.  Its purpose is to bring light to women’s issues in religious communities.   

Dr. Fletcher-Baker’s March 4 talk is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Seminary Hall’s Craig Chapel.  For more information, contact Nancy VanderVeen, coordinator of continuing education for the Drew Theological School, at 973/408-3084 or e-mail nvanderveen@drew.edu.

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Posted: February 26, 2009