Sr. Christine Schenk is the author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity, the result of her arduous digging into the archeological record of women’s leadership roles, including preaching, in the 2nd through 6th centuries.
Sr. Christine also is the now-retired founding director of the progressive Catholic organization FutureChurch — https://www.futurechurch.org/ — an international coalition of parish centered Catholics working for full participation of all Catholics in the life of the Church. She led the organization from 1990-2013 and worked to transform a diocesan network of 28 parish councils and 100 parish leaders into an international organization of over 3500 parish-centered activists reflecting the values of Vatican II. A Sister of St. Joseph, Sr. Chris formerly worked as a nurse midwife in Cleveland for 20 years.
Additionally, she is featured in the documentary film, Radical Grace.
In a recent appearance on NPR, she discussed the abuse of sisters by clergy: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/07/692259068/nuns-speak-out-after-pope-acknowledges-clergy-sexual-abuse