My Response: I highly recommend the book and videos about The Gathering , a womanist community in Dallas, Texas that invites all people to join together to promote racial and gender equality and the wholeness and well-being of all creation.
I especially resonated with their powerful sermons that relate women's stories in the bible to the experiences of women today.
Rev. Kamilah Hall Sharp, in sermon entitled "If it Wasn't for the Women" on Luke 8:1-3, observes that although Luke names Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna among the many women who followed Jesus who did the work, he does not acknowledge them as disciples and apostles.
She writes: "I believe as a woman who is called by God to preach that I stand here on the shoulders of Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna...All these women knew they were walking with God, in their God-given given authority, using their God given gifts. This is how they made a difference for us all. How can we make a difference if we walk with God, in our God-given authority, and use the talents and resources God has given us?" (The Gathering, A Womanist Church, p. 85)
The international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is claiming our spiritual authority to ordain women called to follow Jesus, preach the Gospel and preside at sacraments in inclusive communities where all are welcome and all are called to in a new model of partnership in ministry.
Let us rejoice and live our solidarity as spiritual equals who share a common mission to live prophetic obedience in the 21st century.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP