, , , , ,

ginaI endorsed a new must-read book by Gina Messina-Dysert (Editor), Rosemary Radford Ruether (Editor) called, Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century:  Techology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders. 

Gina Messina-Dysert is an author, activist, blogger, dean and a wonderful friend. Congratulations on editing such a timely book!


Amazon.com states:

This anthology of brand new essays will explore the new directions of conversations occurring in relation to feminism and religion, as well as the technological modes being utilized to continue dialogue, expand borders, and create new frontiers in feminism. It is a cross generational project bringing together the voices of foremothers with those of the twenty-first century generation of feminist scholars to discuss the changing direction of feminism and religion, new methods of dialogue, and the benefits for society overall.


Editorial Reviews


“This is an exciting collection of essays from some of the best feminist voices in religion of our current era. The writers explore the profound effects that technology has on how we communicate and the myriad ways we do so globally as well as locally to probe enduring social inequalities, reshape religious conversations, inspire social justice activism, expand our sense of religious communities, breaking down restrictions of language and space, transform education, find ancestors, and explore embodiment. Rather than see us as captive to technologies’ expansions, these writers point us toward the possibilities of technologies’ positive transformations as tools of justice-making and sustaining.”

Emilie M. Townes, Vanderbilt Divinity School, USA

“For anyone interested in how feminism and religion intersect with blogging, open source, life broadcast, social media, virtual community, and activism in cyberspace, this text is a must-read. Feminist scholars and activists need to catch up with cyberfeminism or become obsolete!”

Kwok Pui-lan, Episcopal Divinity School, USA

“Drawing on diverse methods and theories, the contributors to Feminism and Religion in the Twenty-First Century explore how online forms of communication and community are—and aren’t—challenging exclusionary, authoritarian, and patriarchal religious institutions and ideas.”

Kecia Ali, Boston University, USA

“This fascinating collection of essays by diverse authors explores a multitude of possibilities for women’s use of social media in religious reflection, community building, and activism. The essays are informed by both theory and practice and engage a range of religious traditions, settings, and topics to enhance our understanding of contemporary feminism and religion.”

Pamela K. Brubaker, California Lutheran University, USA

“This collection of provocative essays on feminist theology speaks to our world that is increasingly immersed in technology as a way of living. The book stands at the intersection of feminist theology and feminism lived out pedagogically to illuminate an emerging, creative, cutting edge way of being woman. The reflections span issues of social media, alternative communities, and technology. These essays provide delightful views of new and burgeoning areas of reflection and practice on what it means to do theology for women in our world today, with blogging, hashtags, and social networking.”

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Georgetown University, USA

Table of Contents:

Introduction; Rosemary Radford Ruether

Expanding Borders Through Social Media

#FemReligionFuture: The New Feminist Revolution in Religion; Gina Messina-Dysert

Blogging as religious feminist activism: Ministry to, through, with and from; Monica A. Coleman with C. Yvonne Augustine

Mormon Feminist Blogs and Heavenly Mother: Spaces for Ambivalence and Innovation in Practice and Theology; Caroline Kline

Being Undone by the Other: Feminisms, Blogs, and Critique; Xochitl Alvizo

The Catholic Church and Social Media: Embracing [Fighting]a Feminist Ideological Theo- Ethical Discourse and Discursive Activism; Michele Stopera Freyhauf

From Typewriters to Social Networking: A Feminist Organization’s Techno History; Mary E. Hunt

Television, Social Networking, and Cultural Criticism: Alternative Methodologies for Feminist Scholarship; Elise M. Edwards

Finding Ancestor Connection Via the Internet; Carol P. Christ

Feminism and Alternative Communities

Private Space, Public Forum: A Netnographic Exploration of Muslim American Women, Access, and Agency in “Islamic” Cyberspace; Kristina Benson

Faith from Nowhere: Feminist Ecclesiological Reflections on the “Liquid Catholicism” of New Media; Brett C. Hoover

From Telephone to Live Broadcast: Becoming a Brick-and-Mortar Synagogue Without Walls; Bracha Yael

Creating ‘Open Source’ Community: Just Hospitality or Cyberspace Ivory Tower?; Kate M. Ott

The Mormon “Ordain Women” Movement: The Virtue of Virtual Activism; Margaret M. Toscano

Experimenting with Feminist Pedagogy and Technology in the Classroom; Grace Y. Kao

Embodiment and Technology

Inter-cendent bodies: A study of Cyborgs, Relational Theo/alogy and Multiple Embodiment in 21st century Gaming; Sara M. Frykenberg

Broken Body, Virtual Body: Cyberfeminism and the Changing Goddess; Rachel Wagner and Sarah Scott

About the Author

Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College and Co-founder of Feminism and Religion.

Rosemary Radford Ruether, Ph.D. is Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology.