St. Joseph Sr. Christine Schenk, an NCR board member, served urban families for 18 years as a nurse midwife before co-founding FutureChurch, where she served for 23 years. Her recent book Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2017) was awarded first place in History by the Catholic Press Association. She holds master's degrees in nursing and theology.

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The black faith community a channel of God's power

Simply Spirit: It is not easy to be "put to the test." Which is why Jesus instructs us to ask for God's help in a world too often seduced and corrupted by the power of evil.


Four African women share wisdom for a suffering world

Simply Spirit: Two months ago, I was privileged to accompany a remarkable group of people touring ancient Christian sites in Greece, with some impressive female leaders traveling right alongside us.


Women demonstrate what the priesthood of Jesus truly means

Simply Spirit: We remembered Jesus as we broke bread and raised our cups of wine in front of our webcams. No one could accuse us of attempting to say Mass. But there were many priests around our virtual table.


Despite looming pandemic, intrepid pilgrims honor church foremothers

Simply Spirit: The third FutureChurch pilgrimage to the Greek sites where women helped found Christianity brought to light the strength of the faith and the work women do for it today.