Reading: Building Bridges with Jann Aldredge-Clanton & Kendra Weddle
Letha Dawson Scanzoni changed the landscape of American evangelicalism through her groundbreaking work on the gospel-based intersection of gender and LGBTQ justice. She coauthored two of the first books that support women's equality and LGBTQ rights with the Bible: All We're Meant to Be and Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? In all her work, Scanzoni applies the liberating message of Jesus to women and to people who have been marginalized by church and society because of sexual orientation. Building Bridges combines an exploration of the life and work of Letha Dawson Scanzoni with stories of people she continues to empower through her writing and the Evangelical & Ecumenical Women's Caucus – Christian Feminism Today, an organization she cofounded. This book illustrates her growing influence as she continues her prophetic collaboration with new generations. In addition, it provides resources for churches as they build bridges for their ministries of liberation, justice, and peace.
Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD, a feminist theologian and ordained minister, serves as cochair of Equity for Women in the Church, adjunct professor at Richland College, and coleader of New Wineskins Community. Her books include Praying with Christ-Sophia (2007), Seeking Wisdom (2010), Changing Church (2011), and Earth Transformed with Music (2015).
Kendra Weddle, PhD, is associate professor and chair of Religion and Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University, where she focuses on the intersections of gender and religion. She is coauthor (with Melanie Springer Mock) of If Eve Only Knew (2015), and author of Preaching on the Plains (2007).