ABSTRACT

Communal identity has been a major focus of contemporary feminist theological enterprises since their inception. In 1960, when Valerie Saiving asked the question as to whether traditional Christian concepts of sin and redemption were appropriate for women, women’s theological and corporate identity in Christianity was problematized (Saiving in Christ & Plaskow 1979: 25-42). Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza attempted a reconstruction of women’s involvement in early Christianity and proposed an ekklµesia of women or ekkl µesia gynaikµon (Fiorenza 1983: 343-51, Fiorenza 1992: 125-32). Rosemary Radford Ruether appropriated this concept for WomenChurch: Theology and Practice of Feminist Liturgical Communities (1985). Letty Russell (1987) proposed the ‘household of faith’ as an appropriate concept for a liberation community.