Online Articles by Letha Dawson Scanzoni


Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, My Coauthor, My Friend: A Special Rembrance by Letha Dawson Scanzoni (posted on Christian Feminism Today, March 15, 2021.) In this post, written six months after Virginia’s death, Letha writes about their friendship from the earliest days (and Virginia’s earliest books), including how the two women met and how they decided to write Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? Another Christian View, published in 1978 (one of the earliest books of its kind). In the revised, updated, and expanded version published in 1994, the book’s tagline was changed to “A Positive Christian Response.”)

Rachel Held Evans—Reaching Across Generations,  A special memorial reflection. (Posted on Christian Feminism Today, May 30. 2019).

“The Wife” and “The Female Persuasion”—A Movie and a Book Strike a Feminist Chord. Coauthored with Kendra Weddle. (Posted on Christian Feminism Today, February 21, 2019.)

When #Metoo and #TimesUp Came to Church.  Coauthored with Anne Linstatter. (Posted on Christian Feminism Today,  June 12, 2018.)

Letha’s Welcome Letter for the 2016 Christian Feminism Today Gathering  program booklet. (Scroll down and click on the “Letha’s welcome letter” tab on the menu.)  (Posted on Christian Feminism Today, July, 2016.) See also Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s comments and summary of Letha’s welcome letter.

 Review Essay on Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (Posted on Christian Feminism Today, November, 2015)

A review essay on Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s book, She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World (Posted on Christian Feminism Today, September 29, 2014)

Christian Feminism and LGBT Advocacy: Let’s Move Away from Slippery Slope Thinking
(Posted on Christian Feminism Today, July 30, 2015)

A Christian Feminist Remembers Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015)
(Written for Christian Feminism Today, June 24, 2015.)

What Can Christians Learn from the “Mystery Dress” Phenomenon?
(Christian Feminism Today, March, 2015)

My First Encounter with Religious Doubt: The Day I Stopped Believing in Santa Claus
(Christian Feminism Today, December, 2013)

“Ordered Order— Conservative Christians’ Love Affair with Hierarchy”
(Christian Feminism Today, September, 2013)

“Carolyn Briggs: Pressing on to Higher Ground,” an interview with Carolyn S. Briggs,  screenwriter for the 2011 movie, Higher Ground, which was based on her 2002 memoir, This Dark World, later republished as Higher Ground. (From Christian Feminism Today, Spring-Summer, 2012.  Posted September, 2012)

Samples of Letha’s writings on FemFaith. (From blog posts for which she wrote the main essay, which rotates among the three coauthors.)

The Female Breast: Our Culture’s Obsession and Ambivalence (June 4, 2013)

“Having it all” or “Being it all” ? (March 28, 2011)

Christians, Contraception, and the Affordable Care Act (January 24, 2013)

What Kind of Man Would Marry a Feminist? (December 6, 2012)

Why Have Religions Feared Women’s Brain Power ? (October 18, 2012)

When Evangelicals Were Open to Differing Views on Abortion (Sept. 6, 2012)

Understanding Opposition to Feminism and What We Can Do about It (July 30, 2012)

(In addition to Letha’s lead essays, see also her essays written in response to those of her FemFaith coauthors, Kendra Weddle Irons and Melanie Springer Mock, as the three women discuss such topics as women in combat, housework, women’s athleticism, gender equality and inequality on cooking shows, the Bible as divine revelation or human book, gender inclusive language, and more. All may be viewed through the complete list of titles and topics covered,  index of FemFaith posts .)

Letha Dawson Scanzoni interviews Jann Aldredge-Clanton, author of Changing Church: Stories of Liberating Ministers. (From Christian Feminism Today, Fall, 2011)

“Contemporary Challenges for Religion and the Family from a Protestant Woman’s Point of View.” Note from Letha: I learned recently that this talk that I gave at Brigham Young University in 1984 is now online.  I was one of twelve invited speakers at a social science conference called “Conference on Religion and the Family,” sponsored by the BYU Family and Demographic Research Institute.  In 1988, these twelve presentations, along with seven additional essays, were included in a book edited by Dr. Darwin L. Thomas and titled, The Religion and Family Connection: Social Science Perspectives.   Even though this talk was given in 1984, it addresses topics that are still being discussed and debated today.  (Note:  There is a typo in the last section of the talk as printed. Under “Stability, Order, and Change,”  the word disorder should replace border in the sentence beginning, “People need to see that change needn’t mean. . . .”  The full sentence should read: “People need to see that change needn’t mean disorder; it can mean a new order worked out together by people who care and who want to find a way for all persons, male or female, to be all they can be and develop their full potential in learning, working, and loving.”

Reflections of a Christian Feminist: On Being All We’re Meant to Be
Letha tells her own story of commitment to Christ and why she is convinced that Christian feminism is an important part of her Christian discipleship. (Part of the Christian Feminism Basics” series on the EEWC-Christian Feminism Today website. )

Liberating History: Cross-generational Blogging about Faith and Feminism (Coauthored with Kimberly B. George, Sojourners magazine, June, 2010)

72-27 — A Cross-Generational Dialogue Between Two Christian Feminists
(A regular column, co-written as a series of letters between two women of widely separated generations. Published as a blog by Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Kimberly B. George. It ran from 2008 through 2011. See complete index of topics covered.)

Speech: A Religious Approach to Homosexuality (presented 2005) 
A slightly changed shorter version of this speech is also posted on the Christian Feminism Today website under the title,
“There Is More than One Christian View on Homosexuality”

One God, Many Metaphors–The Ministry of Carolyn Jane Bohler (from Christian Feminism Today, Fall, 2009)

Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse: Discussion and Interviews
For the Fall, 2008 issue of Christian Feminism Today, then under the editorship of Letha Dawson Scanzoni, three professionals who have worked with survivors of sexual abuse, Rev. Marie Fortune, Dr. Elizabeth Bowman, and marriage and family therapist Sharon Billings were interviewed on the topic.The panel discussion and interviews followed composer Margaret Shelton Meier’s article on the story behind her cantata about healing from childhood sexual abuse. This special issue also included two reviews of Meier’s CD featuring the cantata. Reviewers were Linda Bieze and Susan Campbell.

Fundamentalism, Feminism, and a Newspaper Columnist– a profile of writer Susan Campbell of the Hartford Courant and author of Dating Jesus (from Christian Feminism Today, Spring, 2008)

Diana Butler Bass’s Christianity for the Rest of Us — A Conversation with the Author (From Christian Feminism Today, Spring, 2007)

Real Life Evangelism:  A profile and conversation with author Martha Grace “Gay” Reese (From Christian Feminism Today, Spring, 2007)

Profile: Martha Ann Kirk–Embodying Christ to the World (from Christian Feminism Today, Spring, 2006)

The Gospel on Gay Marriage (From Alternet, 2005)

Finding Colleen Fulmer (profile, from EEWC Update, 2004).

Contemporaneity (from EEWC Update, Fall, 2003)

Book review of Strength for the Journey by Diana Butler Bass (from EEWC Update, Winter, 2003)

Come, Holy Mother (From EEWC Update, review of Kathryn Christian’s CD of sacred lullabies for all ages on comforting songs about God’s motherly love.  Fall, 2002)

Mysticism, Music, Marriage, and Ministry: A Profile of Kathryn and Brian Christian. Two-part article from EEWC Update, Fall and winter issues, 2000).

Answering God’s Call: An Interview with Marjory Zoet Bankson, President of Faith at Work (From EEWC Update, Fall, 1999)

Spiritual Heart Transplant: Interview with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB (from EEWC Update, Spring, 1998)

“Praise God’s Name with Festive Dance”: Interview with Liturgical Dancer Lindsey Huddleston (from EEWC Update, 1998)

“Who Are the Priests for Equality?” 1st Part of Letha’s interview with Fr. Joseph Dearborn, May 1996.
“The Church needs a feminist presence that has a rich and wealthy experience of the Scripture,” Father Joseph Dearborn, National Secretary of Priests for Equality, told me. His voice resonated with conviction. “We need women. That’s what we’re about.” (Published in EEWC Update, Spring, 1996)

“The Awakening of Joe Dearborn.” 2nd part of Letha’s interview with Fr. Joseph Dearborn, May 1996. (Click on 3rd tab of the menu).
“I asked Father Joe about his spiritual journey. What brought him to this place of such resolute dedication to feminist principles? He replied, “There was just something about women . . .” That ‘something’ produced what he called “an awakening–very gradual, like nine months in the womb.” (Published in EEWC Update, Spring, 1996.)

Conservative Christians and Gay Civil Rights (From The Christian Century, 1976).
“In other words, Bloomington’s conservative Christians came to realize that there are at least three sides to the subject of homosexuality: the civil rights factor, the human factor, and the theological factor.”