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 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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White Catholics must lead the way to end white supremacy

Simply Spirit: Racism and white supremacy are killing our Black and brown sisters and brothers. We white people — especially white Catholics — are being called to do something about it. But what must we do?

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Acedia can trap us, but the Advocate-Spirit renews us

Simply Spirit: The mental state of acedia tells us that the world and our church are beyond the power of God to save. This is where our Advocate, the Holy Spirit — our Advocate-Spirit — comes in.

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We must restore the powerful witness of women leaders to the Catholic lectionary

Simply Spirit: Addressing the woeful omission of biblical women leaders in lectionary texts should be a top priority for today's Catholic Church. We asked for this at the time of the 2008 synod on the Word. What about now?

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Honor the 'mothers' of early Christianity during Women's History Month

Simply Spirit: Women's History Month is a great time to celebrate the 'mothers of the church,' early female believers who shaped our church's future no less than the better-known 'fathers.'

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