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Women Theology Bloggers?

Pat McCullough & Jim West have started discussions on how few “biblio-blogs” (blogs mainly concerned with biblical studies) are run by women—an even greater imbalance than the female to male ratio of female biblical scholars. Thanks to their efforts, at least I know of some more female biblio-bloggers than I did yesterday. I will be updating my blog-roll to reflect this.  Check Pat’s site for a beginning list. If you know of others (or are a female biblioblogger), tell either Pat or Jim (the latter can get you more traffic) or even me.  And encourage your biblical studies-minded female friends to BLOG.

This imbalance is also seen in the dearth of women who have theology blogs.  Female pastors with broadly pastoral blogs can be found in the blog-ring RevGalPals.  And Christian (and Jewish, etc.) women with personal blogs that sometimes or regularly speak to broadly religious themes are far more common.  But academically-oriented theology blogs run by women are fairly rare–despite the growth of feminist theology and female theologians in both ecclesial and academic posts.  In some Ivy League divinity schools the number of female students is actually larger than male students and this has been true for over a decade.  So, I am not entirely certain why this is not reflected in the “blogosphere”–unless it just means that the women are (a) too busy having real lives, (b) too busy writing BOOKS instead of blogging.

Here are the few female-run theology blogs of which I am aware.  If you know of others, let me know.

Cynthia Nielsen, an adjunct instructor in philosophy and graduate student in philosophy, has a great blog called Per Caritatem.  The focus is usually on Medieval theology and philosophy of religion–and the synthesis in the Middle Ages was so close that the line between those disciplines was very blurred. 

Parables is the personal blog of a Mennonite theology student (and subject of an upcoming Peace Blogger interview), Abigail Miller, using the nom de blog, “espiritu paz,” or Spirit of Peace.  She blogs on many subjects, but theology is definitely in the mix.

Pam Garrud (Pam BG) is a British Methodist “probationer minister,” originally from the U.S.  PamBG’s Blog often contains theological reflections. She also has a separate book blog where she is currently blogging through Stephen Sykes’ The Story of Atonement.  (Pam will also be interviewed in the Peace Blogger interviews as soon as I can get them going again.)

Maggi Dawn is an Anglican priest and a published author on theological topics.

Sister Bloggers is a group blog of Catholic and Anglican nuns (women religious), novices, and those discerning a possible calling in that direction.  As they put, they are women, hear them blog. :-)

Talk with the Preacher is the blog of Rev. Amy Butler, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.  She gets into theology from time to time.

Musings from the First Year Out (previously called “Musings Out of the Seminary Fog”) is the blog of a young female Baptist pastor and recent graduate of Duke Divinity School now working somewhere in Maryland.

Peace Pastor is Donna Simon’s blog. She is, by her own description, “a typical vagabond lesbian Lutheran pastor,” and the pastor of Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, North Kansas City, KS.

Sarah Conrad Sours, a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church and a Ph.D. student in Christian ethics has an apt-named blog, Christian Ethics, Ph.D.  I just discovered her blog. Considering my own doctorate is in theological ethics, I shall be checking her blog out often, I think.

An anonymous female Quaker philosophy teacher runs the interesting blog, Embracing Complexity.  She calls herself a contemplative scholar, which sounds like a good combination to me.

Any others? These are all I have discovered.  If you know of other theology-related blogs by women let us know.  And if you know of women theologians you can hook on blogging, try that, too. :-)

UPDATE:   I forgot about Locust Years–Pilgrim 2.0 which is the blog of an anonymous woman using the name “Pilgrim at First and Lake.”  She seems to have been an attorney and is now entering a Ph.D. program at Duke University in Christianity in Antiquity–so, her blog also crosses into biblical studies (New Testament).  However, she blogs infrequently, so I am not sure whether her blog will remain active in her grad program.

Thom Stark (of Semper Reformanda fame) let me know of Donna Claycomb, UMC pastor in Washington, D.C. with the blog, Words from Washington.  It looks good, but the title is rather ominous considering the shape Washington, at least OFFICIAL Washington, these days.  I mean, imagine you lived in 1st C. Palestine and received “Words from Rome!” Or, for that matter, suppose you lived in contemporary Palestine–you would hesitate to read a blog entitled “Words from Tel Aviv,” and would probably think, “What NOW?!” But give Donna a chance–we can’t all have blogs with great titles.

UPDATES FROM THE COMMENTS:

1) A blog that regularly includes theology is Weekend Fisher. [Link Fixed]  I had seen comments from Anne, the Fisher, over on Ben Myers’ Faith and Theology blog, but I overlooked her because I didn’t know Weekend Fisher was a woman.  If I had read her blog more often this would have been clear. Thanks for solving a mystery and giving us another link, Anne.

2)Stephanie, who blogs as Ms. Theologian, has a unique blog, Surviving the Workday, which brings theological reflection into the workplace. Stephanie describes herself as being a former Ivy League female theologian, doubtless a reference to my remark that women are at least 50% of the seminarians enrolled at many Ivy League seminaries/divinity schools in the last decade or so.  Welcome Stephanie, er, Ms. Theologian. :-)

3) Mark Olsen points out that Intellectuelle is a group (evangelical) theology blog run by women. 

Other additions? 

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June 3, 2007 - Posted by | blogs, theology, women

24 Comments

  1. I read Donna Claycomb’s Words from Washington quite frequently.

    Comment by Thom Stark | June 3, 2007

  2. Women Theology Bloggers?
    SIN

    Comment by Chris Tilling | June 3, 2007

  3. Chris, don’t do that. On this side of the pond far too many MEAN that. :-) Thanks for the heads up, Thom.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | June 3, 2007

  4. Crikey, yes. It’s easy to forget that!

    Comment by Chris Tilling | June 3, 2007

  5. “Crikey, yes. It’s easy to forget that!” For a Brit living in Germany, yes. But I am married to one woman minister and another is my pastor and when I mention this where I live, in Louisville, Kentucky, folk look at me like I just sprouted horns and grew a third eye! :-)

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | June 3, 2007

  6. Heather Reichgott has a great blog with regular theological output at:

    http://holy-vignettes.blogspot.com/

    All the other women bloggers I know are pastoral rather than theological or biblical studies focused.

    Comment by Aric Clark | June 3, 2007

  7. Just a note on Pilgrim… she’s a fellow Fullerite (for the moment) and quite legendary on campus! She’s been my TA twice, in fact. I hope she keeps up the blog.

    Comment by Pat McCullough | June 4, 2007

  8. Hi Thom and Michael:

    And now for a Word from Washington…
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. You have certainly made me think more about the title than ever before – even when I picked it! Hopefully, this Word will be a bit more powerful than what is coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or the Capitol. May it be more than rhetoric.

    Keep up the good work –
    Donna

    Comment by Donna Claycomb | June 4, 2007

  9. [...] roundup of women who blog theology at Levellers by Michael L. [...]

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  10. Pat, if you see the Pilgrim, impress upon her the need to keep up her blog, please. She hasn’t posted anything since late March!

    Aric, I will check out Heather Reichgott’s work. Is her last name for real? It is German for “Kingdom of God!” :-)

    Thanks for stopping by, Donna! At Thom’s suggestion, I will be definitely checking out your blog at regular intervels.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | June 4, 2007

  11. A group blog of women, often (sometimes?) blogging theology at Intellectuelle.

    Comment by Mark Olson | June 4, 2007

  12. I blog theology probably 1/4 – 1/2 of the time. I had one of the earlier (maybe the earliest?) systematic theology that had been originally published on a blog …

    Take care & God bless
    Anne / WF

    Comment by Weekend Fisher | June 4, 2007

  13. Aha! Mystery solved, Anne. Weekend Fisher is female! Thanks for letting us know. :-)

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | June 4, 2007

  14. [...] (Levellers) — himself an academic theologian and Baptist minister’s husband — lists some women who blog academic theology. Or academic theology bloggers who are women. Or bloggers who happen to write about theology while [...]

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  15. Hi, Michael,

    I blog about spirituality and the workplace issues at http://survivingtheworkday.blogspot.com. I’m one of those former female Ivy League seminarian types.

    Stephanie (Ms. theologian)

    Comment by Ms. Theologian | June 6, 2007

  16. You might also check out Faith and Place: http://faith-and-place.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Aaron G | June 8, 2007

  17. Awfully kind of you to link to me. Unfortunately there’s a typo in the link; anyone interested can find me and my musings at http://weekendfisher.blogspot.com.

    Take care & God bless
    Anne / WF

    Comment by Weekend Fisher | June 8, 2007

  18. [...] the relationship that NTW draws between Baptism and justification. ***Michael Westmoreland-White lists some female theology bloggers. I already subscribe to a number of the blogs mentioned, Cynthia Nielsen’s Per Caritatem [...]

    Pingback by alastair.adversaria » Links | June 12, 2007

  19. How about women who were devout Christians, ministers, and/or theologians, and who have debunked Christianity in print and/or in film. Click here and here.

    Comment by Edward T. Babinski | June 14, 2007

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  21. I just came across this post. I’ve frequented your site for some time and was catching up on my ‘summer reading.’ While my blog is very informal, I do use it as a space to throw out my own articulations of Christian theology. I’d love to get your, and anyone else’s, feedback on it. If interested, you can check it out at melwebb [dot] wordpress [dot] com.

    Comment by Mel | September 5, 2007

  22. [...] bloggy list of Michael Westmoreland-White appears to confirm this suspicion. Most of the women on the list (many fellow Duke grads of note) [...]

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  23. I’m a pastor who happened to fall into blogging via breast cancer. Thanks for all the great links.

    Comment by clergygirl | August 8, 2009

  24. If you feel it is appropriate you may add my blog to the list. Storied-mariaf.blogspot.com. Theology made practical through stories and personal experiences of God, life and community. Not everything has to do with theology, but most of it does. Hope it helps. Thanks for the list of all the great female theologian bloggers. I was wondering where they all were! ;)

    Comment by maria french | August 21, 2009


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