St. Joseph Sr. Christine Schenk served urban families for 18 years as a nurse midwife before co-founding FutureChurch, where she served for 23 years. She holds master's degrees in nursing and theology.

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Mary of Magdala's profound connection to Jesus shows us the power of love

Simply Spirit: For the most part — at least until recently — Mary of Magdala's witness was all but invisible in Christian history, even though her testimony is the lynchpin upon which the proclamation of the resurrection depends.

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Jesus founded a movement led by both women and men

Simply Spirit: Vatican statements on women priests are invariably ahistorical and biblically naive. It is embarrassing. Worse, they bear false witness to the Jesus of history.

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How will you claim your Spirit-power this Pentecost?

Pentecost is the preeminent celebration of the Holy Spirit. It relates deeply to the dynamism of Jesus' mission in our world today and to our experience of Jesus' Spirit in helping us build a new reign of God.

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Matched! $5,000 challenge met! But we still need your support.

Spring Fund Drive: For more than 50 years, NCR has been an independent source of news, political commentary, book reviews and spiritual insight for Catholics, indeed, for all people of faith. We're more than halfway to our $100,000 goal. Help bring this drive a successful close.

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Prayer is a relationship

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