Faith and Feminism, Womanist, Mujerista Festival

November 11-13, 2011

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Next Conference is November 11-13, 2011
Details HERE

5th Annual Faith and Feminism

Womanist-Mujerista Conference

November 11-13, 2011

 Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, Seattle University

Our Lady of Guadalupe-Feminine Face of God

 Max Dasu,  

Goddess in the Americas

Workshops, resident artists, rituals, music, dance, …

see previous programs:


4th Annual

November 12-14, 2010  -- 4th Annual 

Faith and Feminism/Womanist/Mujerista 

(Reclaiming the Divine Feminine
- pathways to a sustainable world.) 
herchurch, San Francisco
678 Portola Dr.  CA  94127
Purpose:   To provide opportunities for feminist faith seekers, people of spirit, God/dess devotees, interfaith leaders, progressive Christians, artists, spiritual directors, etc. to experience and discuss the urgent implications of God/dess imagery and gender issues which must transform religions, patriarchal systems, society and our daily lives so that together we seek and speak justice, repair the web and support  a sustainable world.

AND to model feminist (egalitarian) faith community within the Christian tradition and other faiths and systems which benefit from switching paradigms: from patriarchal/domination to partnership/caring models


  Womanist: Monica Coleman

 Mujerista: Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz

 Feminist: Caryn D. Riswold

 Feminist: Jann-Aldredge Clanton

BIOS below
Schedule below



Keynote presentations, music, art, dance, conversations, workshops, food, liturgy and ritual, conversation, inspiration, resources and lots of FUN.


Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Ph.D is a leading voice in the construction of mujerista theology.  Currently, she serves as professor of ethics and theology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.  A native of La Habana, Cuba, she became a political refugee in 1960, worked as a missionary in Lima, Peru in the late 1960s, and “was born a feminist” in 1975.  She earned her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle, in New York, and her M.Div., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  Her work established the field of study which she named mujerista theology, and En La Lucha - In the Struggle: Elaborating a Mujerista Theology (Fortress Press, 1993 and 2003),  remains a foundational text for students and scholars alike.  She has written several other books including Hispanic Women: Prophetic Voices in the Church, Women of God, Women of the People, and is working on a project called Justicia: A Reconciliatory Praxis of Care and Tenderness.  She regularly speaks to audiences around the world in academic, church, and public settings. . 

Monica A. Coleman, Ph.D., is a womanist theologian and ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Currently she serves as associate professor of constructive theology and African American religions at the Claremont School of Theology in California.  A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, an M.Div from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and her Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University.  Her most recent book is Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology (Fortress Press, 2008).  She is also the author of The Dinah Project (2004), a book based on her work with church responses to sexual violence, and several articles in journals like the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of Caribbean Literatures, and Soundings

Caryn D. Riswold, Ph.D., is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition.  Currently she serves as associate professor of religion and chair of gender and women’s studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.  A native of South Dakota, she earned a B.A. from Augustana College (SD), an M.A. from the Claremont School of Theology, and the Th.M. and Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  Her most recent book is Feminism and Christianity: Questions and Answers in the Third Wave (Cascade Books, 2009).  She is also the author of Two Reformers: Martin Luther and Mary Daly as Political Theologians (2007), Coram Deo: Human Life in the Vision of God (2006), and several articles in journals like Dialog, Political Theology, and The Lutheran. 

Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Ph.D. is a feminist theologian, ordained minister, author, teacher, and chaplain. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Perkins School of Theology and at Richland College in Dallas, Texas, and an oncology chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center. A native of Louisiana, Jann received the B.A. degree from Louisiana Polytechnic University, the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Christian University, and the M.Div. from Southwestern Theological Seminary. For more than twenty-five years, Jann has researched, taught, and written books on feminist theology and inclusive worship. Bringing Divine Feminine names and images into worship encourages the revaluing of the feminine so that liberation and equality are realized in church and society.  Her most recent book is Seeking Wisdom: Inclusive Blessings and Prayers for Public Occasions (Wipf & Stock, 2010). Her other books are Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians (Eakin Press, 2006); Breaking Free: The Story of a Feminist Baptist Minister (Eakin Press, 2002); In Search of the Christ-Sophia: An Inclusive Christology for Liberating Christians (Twenty-Third Publications, 1995; Eakin Press, 2004); Imagine God! A Children's Musical Exploring and Expressing Images of God (Choristers Guild, 2004); In Whose Image? God and Gender (Crossroad, 1990, 2001); Praying with Christ-Sophia: Services for Healing and Renewal (Twenty-Third Publications, 1996); Counseling People with Cancer (Westminster John Knox, 1998); God, A Word for Girls and Boys (Glad River, 1993).



Keynote Speakers:  Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Ph.D and Monica A. Coleman, Ph.D.
Artists  “She Who Is” by Mujerista Artists
              Viva Vanness (African-American Portraits)
Musicians         Katie Ketchum, Dionne Kohler, Steve Rausch, Fog Horns
                        Saturday Night:  Pamala Parker
Presenters:  Caryn Riswold Ph.D., Jann Aldredge-Clanton Ph.D.
Free child-care during all presentations.
 FRIDAY November 12
 10:30 AM          Check-in, Coffee, tea and finger foods
 11:00 AM          Welcome
Seeking Sustainable Relations with Feminism and Christianity.
                        Caryn Riswold, Ph. D. 
 12:30                box lunches
 2:00 PM            Jann Aldredge-Clanton Ph.D.
"Seeking Wisdom: Inclusive Hymnody & Liturgy for Faith Communities"
...and we sing the hymns....
 4:00 – 7:00        Artists’  Reception: 
 4:00 –               Labyrinth and Sacred Space
                        Galleries Open,  Recording Her Stories (throughout)
                        Individual Reki Sessions
 5:00 PM            herchurch Goddess Rosary Ritual/Meditation
 6:00                  Conference Registration
                        Galleries Open, Drumming Circle-open
                        NOW Conversations- Politics and Religion
                        (no dinner provided)
CONFERENCE-Festival Opening
7:00                  Welcome
                        New Hymns, The Sacred Drum
                        Personal Stories:
     Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Monica A. Coleman
                        Movement/Chants, Large Group Discussion
SATURDAY November 13
8:00 AM            Sweet Rolls and Registration
8:45 –               Welcome and Beginnings
                        Sacred Drum, Chants, Focus
                        Presentation by Ada María Isasi-Díaz
Break, Movement, Chants
Large Group Conversation  - - small group sharing
                        Individual Reiki Sessions available
 12:30 – 2:00      Lunch and Table Conversation, Galleries open, Book Display
                         Wearable Art
   2:00 – 6:00        Afternoon Session
                        Focus, Inclusive Hymns
                        Presentation by Monica A. Coleman
Break, Movement, Chants
Large Group Conversation  - small group sharing
                        Individual Reiki Sessions available
 6:30                  Soup Buffet
7:00                  Pie Baking Class – hands on/in
8:00  PM             Music by Pamela Parker -
SUNDAY November 13
 8:30                  Sweet Rolls/Coffee
                        Labyrinth and Sacred Space
 9:00                  Dialog with Womanist/Mujerista Thealogians:
10:00                Open Choir
10:30                The Sacred Gathering - Worship
11:45                Lunch Buffet with home made pies
12:30-2:00         Workshops
                        #1, "Noursihing Justice: Bodies of Sustenance" -Dr. . Mary Streufert
#2, Artist AnnetteWagner – snakes for the altar
#3, Spirit-Centered Writing – Lana Dalberg
#4  Reverse the Curse!  DeAnna L”am
#5  Chanting with Katie Ketchum
#6  Marguerite Rigoglioso. – Virgin Mother Goddesses
 2:30 – 4:00        Workshops
                        #7,  "Noursihing Justice: Bodies of Sustenance" - Dr. Mary Streufert
#8,  Artist AnnetteWagner – snakes for the altar
#9 For Men – Rev. John Beverly Butcher
# 10 Magdelene Meditations with Katie Ketchum
#11 Rosary Beading (herchurch Goddess Rosaries and Ritual)
#12 Inclusive Liturgy/Hymnody:  Aldredge-Clanton
 4:15 – 5:00        Final Plenary and Wine/Tea Reception
                         Workshop descriptions  

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678 Portola Dr. San Francisco, CA 94127
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