Luca Badini
Luca Badini

Our Director, Dr Luca Badini Confalonieri, studied theology at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the Université Marc Bloch (now Université de Strasbourg, France), the Department of Theology and Religion of Durham University in the UK, and the Lonergan Institute of Boston College (USA).

Before joining us, he was Research Associate at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values, School of Education, University of Birmingham.  His doctoral research: Democracy in the Christian Church. An Historical, Theological and Political Case was published as a monograph (T & T Clark International 2012, 304 pages). It focuses on overcoming some of the obstacles to democratizing the governance and decision-making of the Catholic Church. Among his other recent publications is a lengthy essay in Theological Studies which offers one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date arguments for reintroducing episcopal elections by the local church.Credentials here.

Academic Patrons

We publish here a selection of leading feminist scholars who are our academic patrons.

aquino8Prof María Pilar Aquino, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at San Diego University, USA.


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Dr María Pilar Aquino is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at San Diego University, USA. She studied at the Instituto Teológico de Estudios Superiores (ITES, Theological Institute of Superior Studies) of México City, accredited by the Pontifical Catholic University do Río Grande do Sul, Brazil (TheolBA and TheolLic). She obstained the doctorate in theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain. She joined the University of San Diego in 1993. Her primary areas of teaching and research are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. Aquino’s research and scholarly works are infused by concerns about the function of religions and theologies in societal systems and human relationships, and about their implications for social justice and constructive change.
In addition to her more than fifty major book and journal articles, she has authored Our Cry for Life. Feminist Theology from Latin America (1993); La Teología, La Iglesia y La Mujer en América Latina (1994); Teología Feminista Latinoamericana (1998); has edited Aportes para una Teología desde la Mujer (1988); and co-edited Theology: Expanding the Borders, with Roberto S. Goizueta (1998); Entre la Indignación y la Esperanza. Teología Feminista Latinoamericana, with Ana María Tepedino (1998); In the Power of Wisdom. Feminist Spiritualities of Struggle, with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (2000); The Return of the Just War, with Dietmar Mieth (2001); The Rights of Women, with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (2002); A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology. Religion and Justice, with Daisy Machado and Jeanette Rodríguez (2002); Reconciliation in a World of Conflicts, with Luis Carlos Susin (2003); and Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latina Explorations for a Just World, with Maria José Rosado-Nunes (2007). She has received various awards from prominent theological societies for her sustained commitment to women’s theological education, and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Currently, Professor Pilar Aquino serves both on national and international editorial boards of prominent theological journals. Aquino has served as the first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, of which she is also a co-founder. She is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in Latin American and U.S. Latina feminist theologies of liberation.

Dr Sharon A. Bong, Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University, Selangor, Malaysia.


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Dr Sharon A. Bong is Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University, Selangor, Malaysia. Her qualifications are: PhD in Religious Studies and MA in Women in Religion (with distinction) from Lancaster University in the UK, and MA in English Literature from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Her on-going research interests include epistemologies from a feminist point of view; women’s human rights and approaches to sexuality in religions.
Dr Bong wrote The Tension Between Women’s Rights and Religions: The Case of Malaysia (Edwin Mellen Press, New York 2006). With Pushpa Joseph she edited Re-imagining Marriage and Family in Asia: Asian Christian Women’s Perspectives (Strategic information and Research Development Centre, Petaling Jaya 2008). Examples of chapters in books are: ‘The Narratives of GLBTQ Persons: Towards an Epistemology of the Body’ in Feminist Theology of Liberation. Asian perspectives: Practicing Peace (eds. Judette Gallares and Astrid Lobo, Quezon City 2011, pp. 81-100); ‘The Suffering Christ and the Asian Body’ in Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology (ed. Kwok Pui-Lan, New York 2010, pp. 186-193); ‘Sexualising Faith and Spiritualising Sexuality in Postcolonial Narratives of Same-Sex Intimacy’ in Persons and Sexuality (ed. Allison Moore and Carlo Zuccarini, Oxford 2009, pp. 33-44); ‘The Sexuality-Spirituality Project’ in Handling Qualitative Data (ed. Lyn Richards, online 2009); ‘Going Beyond the Universal-versus-Relativist Rights Discourse and Practice: The Case of Malaysia’ in Violence and Gender in the Globalised World: The Intimate and the Extimate (ed. Sanja Bahun-Radunović and V. G. Julie Rajan, Aldershot 2008, pp. 25-40); and ‘Queer Revisions of Christianity’ in Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia (eds. Agnes Brazal and Andrea Lizares , Manila 2007, pp. 234-249).
Dr Bong received the Monash Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Community Service Award 2007 in recognition of her long-standing participation in the women’s movement globally, regionally and nationally through involvement with, among others, the 7th Women’s Global Leadership Institute (Rutgers University), Amnesty-International Malaysia, All Women’s Action Society, Young Women’s Christian Association of Malaysia, National Council of Women’s Organisations and presently, the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an academic forum of Catholic Asian women theologising in Asia.


Professor Mary Grey, professorial research fellow at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, UK.

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Professor Mary Grey is an ecofeminist liberation theologian, until recently D.J.James Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter and formerly Professor of Contemporary Theology at the University of Southampton, based at La Sainte Union (1993-7). Before that she was Professor of Feminism and Christianity at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is now professorial research fellow at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, UK.
Her recent writing includes: Introducing Feminist Images of God (London: Continuum 2001), Sacred Longings: Ecofeminist Theology and Globalisation (London: SCM 2003, Fortress 2004), The Unheard Scream – the Struggles of Dalit Women in India (New Delhi 2004), Pursuing the Dream – a Jewish-Christian Conversation, with Rabbi Dan Cohn Sherbok (Darton, Longman and Todd 2005). For 10 years she was editor of the journal Ecotheology.



Baroness Helena Kennedy, House of Lords, London, England]


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Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of the Shaws is a barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords in the UK. She is the elected principal of Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK. She fully qualified in law at the London’s Council of Legal Education. She holds twenty-six honorary doctorates in law: University of Strathclyde 1992, University of Teeside 1993, Keele University 1994, Lancaster University 1994, Leeds Metropolitan University 1995, University of Bristol 1997, University of Wolverhampton 1997, The Open University 1997, University of Abertay Dundee 1997, Tavistock Centre under the auspices of the University of East London 1997, University of Derby 1998, University of Leicester 1998, University of York 1999, National University of Ireland 2000, University of Aberdeen 2000, Oxford Brookes University 2001, Caledonian University 2001, Robert Gordon University 2002, Judicial Academy of Russia 2002, Polytechnic University of Tomsk 2002, Middlesex University 2003, De Montfort University 2004, University of Sheffield 2005, University of Staffordshire 2005, University of Paisley 2005, University of Edinburgh 2005.
Baroness Kennedy is the author of Eve was Framed (1992), Just Law: The changing face of justice (2004). She contributed to The Bar on Trial (1978), Child Sexual Abuse within the Family (1984), Balancing Acts: On being a mother (1989). She was the creator of BBC television series Blind Justice (1987).
Baroness Kennedy was a former chair of the Human Genetics Commission, which advises the on ethical, social, and legal issues arising from developments in genetic science. She was Chair of the London International Festival of Theatre (1994-2002); Chair of the British Counsel Board; Vice-President of the Haldane Society; Hon Fellow of the institute for Advanced Legal Studies; Board member of the Independent newspaper. Moderator of the BBC’s Hypotheticals. She received the UK ‘Woman of Europe’ award, 1995, ‘Campaigning and Influencing’ award (National Federation of Women’s Institutes 1996) and The Times ‘Lifetime Achievement in the Law’ award, 1996. She was created a Life Peer, as “The Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, of Cathcart in the City of Glasgow” (1997). She received the Grand Cross, Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (2004) and was made Commandeur, Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2006).

kalskysProf Manuela Kalsky, Professor at VU University in Amsterdam (Edward Schillebeeckx Chair for Theology and Society) and director of the Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society (DSTS).

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Dr Manuela Kalsky is Professor at VU University in Amsterdam (Edward Schillebeeckx Chair for Theology and Society) and director of the Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society (DSTS). She was a guest lecturer at the universities of Hannover, Hamburg , Fribourg and Vienna. She studied theology in Marburg (G) and Amsterdam. After graduating at the University of Amsterdam she took her PhD degree there on a research into Christology from the perspective of women in different cultures.
Her research in recent years has focused primarily on religion in a pluralist society. In this field, the DSTS initiated the multimedia project  (project WE), with the aim of strengthening social cohesion by the innate capacity in society to live together with people from different cultures and religions.
Manuela Kalsky has published numerous articles on religion and society and is regularly involved in the public debate in the Netherlands on the role of religion in a multicultural society. She is also a board member of the European Project for Interreligious Learning.
Her recent publications include: ‘Religious Diversity as a Challenge to Theology. The research projects of the Dutch Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society’, in: M. Kalsky, P. Nissen (eds.), A glance in the mirror. Dutch and Polish religious cultures (forthcoming by LIT Verlag); ‘Heil im alltäglichen Leben. Weiterdenken mit Edward Schillebeeckx in einer multireligiösen und multikulturellen Gesellschaft’, in: T. Eggensperger, U. Engel,  e.a. (eds.), Edward Schillebeeckx: Impulse für Theologien – Impetus Towards Theologies, Ostfildern 2012, p. 211-229; ‘Alles vloeit. De spiritualiteit in de Lage Landen’, in: Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk Leven 68, 2012, p. 5-14; ‘Interreligious Dialogue and the Development of a Transreligious Identity. A Correspondence’, in: Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 17, 2009, p. 41-58; ‘Religiöse Flexibilität. Eine Antwort auf kulturelle und religiöse Vielfalt’, in: R. Bernhardt, P. Schmidt-Leukel, Multiple religiöse Identität. Aus verschiedenen religiösen Traditionen schöpfen, Zürich 2008, p. 219-242; ‘Embracing diversity: Reflections on the transformation of Christian identity’, in: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 17, 2007, p. 221-231.



Prof Ursula King, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

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Dr Ursula King, MA (Delhi), PhD (London), DD h.c. (Oslo, Edinburgh, Dayton), is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol; Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol; Professorial Research Associate, Centre for Gender and Religions Research, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Ursula King is a world expert in feminism and gender studies. Her research and professorial positions in universities of Asia, Europe and North America have given her a truly international access to the field. Many of her books are classics and she is a frequent speaker at top academic conventions.
Among her numerous publications we find: The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for a Spiritual Life, Women and Spirituality: Voices of Protest and Promise, Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Christ in All Things: Exploring Spirituality with Teilhard de Chardin, Turning Points in Religious Studies (ed.), Feminist Theology from the Third World: A Reader (ed.) and Religion and Gender (ed.). Her latest book is: Teilhard de Chardin and Eastern Religions. Spirituality and Mysticism in an Evolutionary World (Paulist Press 2011).
Ursula King is a member of British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, European Society of Women in Theological Research, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and Society for the Study of Theology.



Dr Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, Head of the Tissue Bank at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India

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Dr Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, scientist, theologian and writer, is Head of the Tissue Bank at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India. She obtained her professional degrees at the National University of Singapore and at the University of Mumbai (PhD Medicine). She studied theology at St. Pius X College, Mumbai (10 courses of in total 212 lectures, 1985-1989) and at the Catherine of Siena Virtual College, Cincinnati, USA (2 courses, 2011).
Dr Lobo Gajwala published numerous articles in over 30 weeklies, periodicals and theological journals. She edited: Practicing Peace: Feminist Theology of Liberation, Asian Perspectives (ed. with Judette Gallares, Claretian Publications 2011); Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Wholeness & Equal Discipleship (ed. with Varghese Theckanath & Raynah Braganza Passanha, Streevani, Pune 2012). She wrote the following chapters in books: “Making Space for the Other” in Creating a Balance: Developing New relationships Between Women and Men (Coady International Institute 2013); “Making a Path to the Womb: Eco-feminism and Its Implications” in Ecological Concerns: An Indian Christian Response (eds. Joseph Mattam & Jacob Vavunkal, Bangalore 1998); “The Passion of the Womb: Women Re-living the Eucharist” in Body Bread, Blood: Eucharistic Perspectives From the Indian Church (ed. Francis Gonsalves, Vidyajyoti 2000); “Struggling for the Soul: Women in Base Communities” in Seeking New Horizons (ed. Leonard Fernando, ISPCK 2002); “Mothering God” in Concerns of Women: An Indian Theological Response (eds. Evelyn Monteiro & Kochurani Abraham, Bangalore 2005); “The Wake-up Call for the Church” in Shaping Tomorrow’s Church: Formation of Priests & Religious for India (ed. Kurien Kunnumpuram, St. Paul’s 2006); “The Passion of the Womb: Women Re-living the Eucharist” in Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia (eds. Agnes M. Brazal & Andrea Lizares, Ateneo de Manila university Press 2007); “Living the Tension: The Inter-faith Family in Dialogue” in Re-imagining Marriage and Family in Asia: Asian Christian Women’s Perspectives (eds. Sharon A. Bong & Pushpa Joseph, Malaysia 2008); “Women and Power” in Towards the Full Flowering of the Human: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Empowerment of Women (eds. Kurien Kunnumpuram & Evelyn Monteiro, Saint Paul 2011); “Negotiating Partnership in the Church” in Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Wholeness & Equal Discipleship (Mumbai 2012).
Dr Lobo Gajwala has been on the Editorial Boards of Word and Worship, journal of the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre, and The Examiner, a newsweekly of the Bombay Archdiocese. She has worked on the Executive Team and served as a Resource Person for the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, Indian Theological Association, Indian Women’s Theological Forum, Commission for Women, Archdiocese of Bombay and Satyashodhak, a feminist collective. She has been a Consultor for the Indian bishops’ CBCI Commission for Women since 1992, helping draft the Gender Policy of the Catholic Church of India, and has been a resource person for the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC). She has served as Secretary of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Mumbai, and Vice President of its parish councils, member of parish liturgical teams and core teams of the Zonal Basic Christian Communities.




Prof Kathleen Maas Weigert, Professor of Women and Leadership at Loyola University, Chicago, USA

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Dr Kathleen Maas Weigert is the Carolyn Farrell BVM Professor of Women and Leadership at Loyola University, Chicago. She received the BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and the PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She has served as research professor of social justice at Loyola since July of 2010. Immediately prior to that she was the executive director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University, and served as a research professor in sociology and the program on justice & peace. She also held appointments at the University of Notre Dame, where she served as a member of the faculty and associate director for the Center for Social Concerns and was a fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
Professor Maas Weigert is the author or editor of several books, including Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary (2005), America’s Working Poor (1995), and The Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans, which received the 1998 “Award for Excellence in Research” from the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders.
She is a co-recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s 1991 Grenville Clark Award, which is given for “voluntary activities advancing the cause of peace and human rights.” In 2000, she received the University of Notre Dame’s Reinhold Niebuhr Award, which is given to one “whose life and writings promote or exemplify the area of social justice in modern life.”




Siobhain McDonagh MP, British Parliament, London, UK

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Siobhain McDonagh MP represents the constituency of Mitcham and Morden in the British Parliament, London, UK. She studied Politics at the University of Essex before becoming a clerical officer for the DHSS between 1981–83, moving on to Housing benefit from 1983–84, then a receptionist at the Wandsworth Homeless Persons Unit from 1984–86, and a housing adviser from 1986–88. Prior to being elected to Parliament she worked as a Development Manager for Battersea Churches Housing Trust from 1988-97. She also served as a councillor on London Borough of Merton for Colliers Wood ward between 1982 and 1998, chairing the Housing Committee between 1990 and 1995.
Siobhain McDonagh was first elected to parliament in 1997 where her particular interests are in health, housing, quality of life, welfare reform. After the May 2005 General Election she served as PPS to Dr. John Reid in his position as Secretary of State for Defence and from May 2006 to June 2007 Secretary of State for the Home Department. She was appointed to the position of Assistant Whip on 28 June 2007 in the re-shuffle brought about by Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister (till 2010).
Siobhain McDonagh is a committed Catholic who has criticised the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church on a number of occasions. “Priority should be given to the kindness and the pastoral nature of the Church in dealing with people in difficulties rather than always sending down impossible standards of behaviour that we all, whoever we are, sometimes fall short of.”


Christina Reese, Writer, broadcaster and public speaker.


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Christina Reese was Chair of the influential Anglican organization WATCH: Women and the Church. Writes regularly for BRF’s Day by Day with God. Contributes to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. Author of Sea Urchin: A Childhood at Sea (1989), Divine Embrace (2001) and Voices of this Calling (editor, 2002). She was Director General of The Churchfield Trust (2000 – 2011) in the United Kingdom during which time she especially advocated and campaigned for the ordination of women as bishops in the Church of England.



Rev Baroness Kathleen Richardson of Calow.


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Baroness Kathleen Richardson was the First Woman President of the Methodist Conference (1992-1993); Moderator, Free Churches Council (1995-1999); President of Churches Together in England (1995-1999). Richardson was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1996 UK New Year Honours. She was created a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 1998.



Prof Teresa Toldy, Professor of Feminist Theology at Fernando Pessoa University

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Professor Teresa Toldy is married and mother of an 11 year old son. She has a PhD in Theology from the Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule Sankt-Georgen (Frankfurt/Germany) on “God and Word of God in the Feminist Theology”. She is Professor at Fernando Pessoa University, and researcher at the Center of Social Research (Coimbra University), where she coordinates POLICREDOS (The Observatory on Politics of Cultural and Religious Differences in Southern Europe). Teresa Toldy is also Vice-President of the Ethics Commission of the same University.
Professor Toldy publishes in Portuguese and other languages. A classic book is her Deus e a Palavra de Deus na Teologia Feminista (Lisboa: Edições Paulinas 1998). To highlight just a selection of her academic articles: ‘Teologia e Ética’, in Anselmo Borges (ed.), E Deus criou a Mulher. Mulheres e Teologia. (Funchal: Nova Delphi 2011, 71-89); ‘Um olhar sobre os Estudos de Género em Universidades Privadas’, in Pinto, Teresa; Alvarez, Teresa & Cruz, Isabel (ed.), Mulheres e Conhecimento / Women and Knowledge (Vila Franca de Xira 2011, 97-111); with Cláudia Ramos, ‘As mulheres em Agustina: uma incursão no imaginário subjacente de A Jóia de Família’, in Isabel Ponce de Leão (ed.), Estudos Agustinianos (Porto 2009, 339-346); ‘Pós-secularismo’, in Observatório de Relações Exteriores da Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (ed.), JANUS – Anuário de relações exteriores, JANUS – Foreign Relations Yearbook (Lisboa 2009, 172-173); ‘A Democracia e o Feminino na Igreja’, in Anselmo Borges (ed.), Deus no século XXI e o futuro do cristianismo (Porto 2007, 107-123); ‘Citizenship and the Bologna Process’, in eresa Toldy, Cláudia Ramos, Paulo Vila Maior, Sérgio Lira (ed.), Cidadania(s): Discursos e Práticas / Citizenship(s): Discourses and Practices (Porto 2007, 487-504); ‘Elie Wiesel e o silêncio de Deus em Auschwitz’, in Patim, Isabel; Toldy, Teresa; Fernandes, Joaquim; Hilário, Fernand (ed.), Literatura e Religião (Porto 2007, 49-60); with Ana Sacau, ‘Visibilidade e invisibilidade das mulheres: ditos e não-ditos’, in Alcinda Cabral (ed.), Marroquinos na Venda Ambulante (Porto 2007, 109-128); ‘A teologia da metáfora de Paul Ricoeur e as teologias feministas’, in Silva, Manuela e Henrique, Fernanda (ed.), Teologia e género. Perspectivas, ruídos, novas construções (Coimbra 2006, 81-93); ‘Deusa, in Macedo, Ana Gabriela e Amaral, Ana Luísa (ed.), Dicionário da Crítica Feminista. Porto 2005, 35-36. ‘Das analoge Verständnis der Rede von Gott – Seine Bedeutung für eine feministische Theologie’, in Gäde, Gerhard (ed.), Hören – Glauben – Denken (Muenster 2005, 83-100).
A selection from her recent works in English: “Sisterhood in different voices? Religion, secularism and women rights”, in: Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 20 (2012) 59-86.; “Secularist Dreams” and “Women’s Rights”: Notes on an “Ambiguous Relationship”. In: RCCS Annual Review: an online journal for the social sciences and the humanities 3, October 2011, p. 1-19.
Professor Toldy is President of the Portuguese Association of Feminist Theologians and member of the ESWTR (European Society of Woman in Theological Research). She is also Vice-President of the Portuguese Association on Women’s Studies.




Prof Rosemary Radford Ruether, Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, USA

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Dr Ruether holds a BA in Philosophy from Scripps College (1958), an MA in Ancient History (1960) and a PhD in Classics and Patristics (1965) from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. She currently is Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. She formerly was Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California), and Georgia Harkness Emerita Professor of Applied Theology at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois).
She has been a pioneer in the area of feminist theology in North America, with a particular focus on modern feminist theology and liberation theology, especially in Palestine and Latin America. The World Catalogue lists 343 works by her in 701 publications in 13 languages.
Her best known books are: The Church Against Itself (New York 1967); Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford 1969); Faith and fratricide: the theological roots of anti-Semitism (New York 1974); Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology (Beacon Press 1993); Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (Harper-Collins 1994); In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women’s Religious Writing (ed. with Rosemary Skinner Keller, Harper-Collins 1996); Introducing Redemption in Christian Feminism (editor, Continuum 1998); The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Fortress 2002); Integrating Ecofeminism Globalization and World Religions (Littlefield Publishers 2005); Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History (University of California Press 2005); America, Amerikkka: Elect Nation & Imperial Violence (Equinox 2007).
Other recent books include Contemporary Roman Catholicism: Crises and Challenges (1987); Disputed Questions: On Being a Christian (1989); Beyond Occupation: American Jewish, Christian and Palestinian Voices for Peace (edited by Marc H. Ellis, 1990); A Democratic Catholic Church: The Reconstruction of Roman Catholicism (edited with Eugene C. Bianchi (1992); ‘The Woman Will Overcome the Warrior’: A Dialogue With the Christian/Feminist Theology of Rosemary Radford Ruether (1994); God and the Nations (with Douglas John Hall, 1995); and At Home in the World: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Rosemary Radford Ruether (written with Merton and edited by Mary Tardiff, 1995).
Ruether is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Society for Religion in Higher Education, the American Theological Association, and the Society for Arts, Religion and Culture. She served with Ross Kraemer and Lorine Getz as national co-chair of the Women’s Caucus: Religious Studies and was a board member of the Program of Women and Religion at Harvard Divinity School and of Chicago Catholic Women.

Members of our administrative team

Our administrative team consists mainly of volunteers. Some work in our central office to the north of London. Others help us from home. Their help is crucial for the success of our institute. Here we list just a few of them. Click on each image to read the team member’s story.

Sr Anne MillerAnne

Barbara PaskinsBarbara

Therese KoturbashTherese

Roy Barton

Jackie Clackson


Miriam DuignanMiriam

Alicja BaranowskaAlicja

Sr Theresia SaersTheresia

Soline VatinelSoline


Pam WearingPam

Francoise BourguignonFrançoise

David MarsdenDavid

Board of Trustees

The main legal carrier of our work is Housetop Care Limited, a Charity registered in England and Wales with registration number 1053251. Our Trustees are John Wijngaards DD LSS (Chair), Barbara Paskins MSc (Vice Chair), Margaret Burke PhD, Jacqueline Clackson BA BEd, Ben Clackson MA, Miriam Duignan BA, Brian Gallagher MA, Colm Holmes MA, Sr Anne Miller BEd and Pamela Wearing MA.

We have two auxiliary Charities:  ‘Stichting Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research’ in the Netherlands (KvK no. 41056067) and  ‘Housetop Center for Women’s Ministry’ in the USA, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, Charity no. 1748475. Donations to those charities are eligible for tax relief in the relevant country.