For those of you who are unfamiliar with my blog, I write primarily about the intersections of marriage, faith, and feminism from a Christian and feminist perspective. I grew up in the Catholic Church and still practice aspects of the faith, but now attend a nondenominational progressive Christian church that affirms my feminist beliefs. In short, I am a feminist because I am a Christian. But I know that others feminists and other people of faith have very different experiences and perspectives, which is why...
The theme of this month's Feminist Odyssey Blog Carnival is Faith & Feminism.
For those of you who identify with particular faith traditions, I invite you to submit your stories on how you became feminists. Was it accidental, like Rachel Held Evans' journey toward feminism? Or was your path toward feminism more intentional, woven into the fabric of your education or experiences or upbringing? What are your most pressing grievances with the feminist movement?
For those of you who are feminists but do not identify with particular faith traditions, I invite you to submit your stories on what you think about faith. Were you brought up in a particular tradition? If so, did you walk away? What are your most pressing grievances with religion?
The American public and mainstream media often pits feminists and people of faith against one another. But the reality is that most Americans are spiritual or religious in some way or another. According to Pew Center research, over 80 percent of Americans identify with some religion or faith tradition, of which more than one-third (36 percent) regularly attend religious services. Yet, many feminists have rejected their faith traditions, seeing them as incompatible if not yet intrinsically at-odds with how they see the world. For instance, earlier this summer, I received a comment from one of my fantastic readers: "The Catholic Church in which I was raised unintentionally led me to feminism; I was disgusted by the patriarchy-reinforcing doctrine and found that feminism was my way out."
So whether you consider yourself spiritual or religious, searching, or now atheist or agnostic, this month’s carnival is for you. Share your stories about balancing your faith (or lack thereof) with your feminism. Tell us what faith traditions you identify with and why. Show us the grit and the glory as a feminist of coming to faith or walking away, or of the journey of being a person of faith and coming to feminism.
If you’re interested in the ground rules, check them out here. The deadline for submissions will be Wednesday, September 26 and the carnival will be posted Friday, September 28. You can submit your posts in the link-up tool below. I'm looking forward to reading each and every one of your posts!