Online Articles by Letha Dawson Scanzoni

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.

 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
(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.)

Web Explorations for Christian Feminists (regular feature on

Speech: A Religious Approach to Homosexuality (presented 2005)

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

Interview: What We Need to Know about Childhood Sexual Abuse–A Panel Discussion (From Christian Feminism Today, Fall, 2008)

A Further Discussion on Childhood Sexual Abuse — Interview with Therapist Sharon Billings (From Christian Feminism Today, Fall, 2008)

A Further Discussion on Childhood Sexual Abuse — Interview with the Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune of the Faith Trust Institute (From Christian Feminism Today, Fall, 2008)

A Further Discussion on Childhood Sexual Abuse — Interview with Psychiatrist Elizabeth S. Bowman (From Christian Feminism Today, Fall, 2008)

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)

Editorial: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Headed—some further thoughts on being evangelical and ecumenical (EEWC Update, Summer, 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, Part 1 (from EEWC Update, Fall, 2000).

Mysticism, Music, Mariage, and Ministry, Part 2 (from EEWC Update, Winter, 2000-2001).

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)

Conservative Christians and Gay Civil Rights (From The Christian Century, 1976).