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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Leonardo Boff's model of charism offers road map out of clericalism

Simply Spirit: I wonder if the current implosion of ecclesiastical credibility over clergy sex abuse can create a new moment of grace, one that breaks down outmoded governance models.

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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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Prayer is a relationship

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