My Red Couch: And Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith

My Red Couch: And Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith

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""From church pews to library carrels, from the tear gas of political demonstrations to the wails of an infant, and from writer's pen to elevated pulpit, these women speak to a new generation of feminist Christians. They invite a conversation with sister-travelers seeking to be faithful to themselves, to each other, to their communities, to their religious inheritance, to their feminist commitments, and to their best, most creative work.""
--from the Foreword by Rita Nakashima Brock

""Do you feel alone in your search to be a feminist and a Christian? Does it often feel impossible to reconcile these two seemingly disparate ideologies? Do you ever have feelings of doubt or disillusionment about your faith tradition? And what does it mean to be a feminist anyway?""
--from the Introduction

In My Red Couch, 24 third-wave feminist women and one man, ages 18-36, tell their stories of seeking to reconcile their faith and their feminism. This book of narrative essays and practical discussion suggestions is for all those who seek an authentic path of Christian faith and social justice defined by contemporary feminism.

The book is divided into four parts with five or six essays in each part: 1) In Search of Integrity; 2) In Search of Community; 3) In Search of Creativity; and 4) In Search of Tensegrity. The resource is ideal for both individual and group settings.

Contributors are: Sadie Ackerman, Elizabeth J. Andrew, Claire Bischoff, Laurie Brock, Mary Lousie Bozza, Carol Brorsen, Adam J. Copeland, Rachel Gaffron, Megan Gavin, Katie Haegele, April Heaney, Janet Holbrook, Sara Irwin, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Mary Ann McKibben Dana, Monica Ann Maestras, Ann Crews Melton, Christiana Z. Peppard, Kelsey Rice, Ellie Roscher, Heather Scheiwe, Heather Grace Shortlidge, Monique Simpson, and Megan J. Thorvilson.

Claire E. Bischoff is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and received her MA in Christian education from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is pursuing a PhD at Emory University.

Rachel Gaffron is a writer and visual artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is pursuing an MA at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829816709
Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Claire E. Bischoff is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and received her MA in Christian education from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is pursuing a PhD at Emory University.

Rachel Gaffron is a writer and visual artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is pursuing an MA at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock xi

Introduction Claire Bischoff Rachel Gaffron xiii

Part 1 In Search of Integrity

1 Conflict 101 April Heaney 3

2 For Love of God and Anarchy Ann Crews Melton 9

3 What's in a Name? Megan Buron Gavin 17

4 Embracing Your Beauty, Moving in Strength Heather Scheiwe 27

5 Birth of a Mother Self MaryAnn McKibben Dana 37

In Search of Integrity Discussion Questions and Visioning Activities 45

Part 2 In Search of Community

6 My Red Couch Sara Irwin 49

7 Have Self, Will Give Ellie Roscher 59

8 Strange Brew Kelsey Rice 69

9 Liquid Word Christiana Z. Peppard 77

10 A Walking Contradiction Monique Simpson 87

11 Why Do I Stay? Finding Strength in the Community of Believers Mary Louise Bozza 97

In Search of Community Discussion Questions and Visioning Activities 107

Part 3 In Search of Creativity

12 Loved into the Edges of Myself Carol Brorsen 111

13 Spiritual Tapestry Monica Ann Maestras 121

14 A Couple of Feminists Adam J. Copeland Megan J. Thorvilson 127

15 The Wine-Like Properties of Orange Fanta Sadie Ackerman 137

16 Found Things Katie Haegele 143

17 Becoming the Imagined Rachel Gaffron 151

In Search of Creativity Discussion Questions and Action Activities 161

Part 4 In Search of Tensegrity

18 The Tensegritous Experience of a Roman Catholic Feminist Claire Bischoff 165

19 Alpha Feminists at the Altar Laurie Brock 175

20 Becoming a Feminist Christian: A Korean-Canadian Perspective HyeRan Kim-Cragg 183

21 The Darker Womb Elizabeth J. Andrew 191

22 Conflicts that Fortify: The Landscape of My Spiritual Home Kathleen Holbrook 199

23 Marching in the Light of God Heather Grace Shortlidge 211

In Search of Tensegrity Discussion Questions and Action Activities 219

Endnotes 221

Author Biographies 227

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