The Femonite blog is primarily written and managed by Hannah Heinzekehr, and blends interests in Mennonite theology and faith and feminism.
Hannah Heinzekehr completed her Master’s degree in theology and community development at Claremont School of Theology in May 2012. She is a lifelong Mennonite who was drawn to feminism post-college. She lives and works in Claremont, California with her husband Justin, also a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Process Studies (stay tuned for possible guest posts about process theology, Alfred North Whitehead and more from Justin) and their feisty cat, Chloe. The Heinzekehrs are also preparing for the arrival of Baby H in August, which will move them into the new, unknown and slightly terrifying realm of parenthood. Hannah’s hobbies include reading, playing and watching soccer, cooking and drinking lots of coffee (more decaf than regular these days, though).
Mennonite Church USA is one of many Christian denominations with its roots in the Anabaptist movements of the 16th century in Europe. Today, Mennonite Church USA is a small church, with 109,000 members and 939 congregations throughout the United States. Contrary to some popular beliefs, Mennonites are not the same as the Amish: most Mennonites do not wear head coverings or drive buggies, but look just like your average, everyday Protestant Christian (whatever that means to you!). The Mennonite faith that Hannah grew up within emphasizes the importance of nonviolence, peacebuilding, service and social justice work, ministries that grow out of the narrative of the life of Jesus Christ.
There are many ways to define what it means to be feminist, and this blog hopes to explore many facets of feminist identity and scholarship. But, put succinctly, this blog emphasizes feminism as defined by Rosemary Radford Ruether, as “the full affirmation of the humanity of women.” This blog values the contributions that women (and many others who do not identify as simply male) have made to academia, the church and the workplace, and seeks to be in conversation with these streams of thought.
The views shared on this blog represent the opinions of the author the guest writers featured, and are not meant to be representative of all Mennonite Church USA.