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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Faith-based initiatives strengthen Democrats, Catholics and 'Believers for Biden'

Simply Spirit: In a group called "Believers for Biden," I did not expect to be so deeply moved by praying together and witnessing that our shared faith requires us to help the most vulnerable and to promote the common good.


Let's use the title 'co-worker' for laypeople in parish leadership

Simply Spirit: The Vatican's recent instruction on parishes restates a male-celibate-priest-controlled vision that is already moribund. St. Paul reminds us of a better way of mutuality in ministry: the example of Aquila and Prisca.


Will the church use paycheck protection money as it should?

Simply Spirit: The Catholic Church should not be vilified for accessing a greatly needed government program that protects its employees. But it can get tricky.


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.