Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Feminism and Religion Blog features Kittredge Cherry on LGBT saints

Logo for Feminism and Religion Blog by Jaysen Waller

My reflection on how feminism helps identify LGBT saints is the top story at the Feminism and Religion Blog today.

The article begins, “Feminists have criticized saints as top-down tools of the dominant morality, but as a lesbian Christian I find that sometimes the opposite is true. The desire for saints rises from the grassroots, and LGBT saints can shake up the status quo. Feminist theology is helping me in a quest for new models of sainthood that lead to LGBT and queer saints.”

I go on to explore how my LGBT Saints Series was influenced by feminist theologians and philosophers such as Elizabeth Stuart, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Mary Daly.  Read the whole article at this link:


I am honored to be a guest blogger among the renowned theologians and scholars at the Feminism and Religion Blog, including Starhawk, Carol Christ, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Mary Hunt, and Zsuzsanna Budapest. Look for more of my work there in the future.

The Feminism and Religion Blog explores feminism in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community. It was launched earlier this year because “important work in women’s studies in religion continues as more attention is paid to the intersection between gender, race, culture, and sexual identity, within feminism and religion.”

They also ran my pieces “Artemisia Gentileschi: Baroque artist and rape survivor painted strong Biblical women” and “Mary’s Feast Rooted in Lesbian Goddesses Diana and Artemis.” Here’s how the Feminism and Religion Blog describes me: “The following is a guest post written by Rev. Kittredge Cherry, lesbian Christian author and art historian who blogs about LGBT spirituality and the arts at the Jesus in Love Blog. Her books include Equal Rites and Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More.”

The Feminism and Religion Blog logo was designed by artist Jaysen Waller in the spirit of inclusivity. The image celebrates and encourages feminist voices in all religions, although it is impossible to name every tradition. The spiraling center has been designed to symbolize Goddess spirituality and the traditions are named in the order of their founding rather than East/West to avoid separatist and dualistic notions.

Special thanks to Xochitl Alvizo, my sponsor at the Feminism and Religion blog! She is a feminist theologian who is completing her doctorate at Boston University School of Theology.

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