Contributor: Xochitl Alvizo

Xochitl Alvizo is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality at California State University, Northridge.  She is committed to bringing a feminist focus to theology and to the study of religion, and her interests include feminist and queer theologies, congregational studies, ecclesiology, and the emerging church. Xochitl is a co-founder of both Feminism and Religion (FAR) and The Pub Church, Boston.  Her work has appeared in Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders, and she will contribute a chapter to The Emerging Church: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Wipf & Stock, 2016). Xochitl currently is co-editing Women, Religion, Revolution with Gina Messina-Dysert. Her blog writing can be found on FAR, and she can be reached on Twitter @XochitlAlvizo.

Re-Imagining Communion

Radical Listening and Making the Body Whole

I remember the words so clearly: “I know what it’s like to have my body broken, I know what it’s like to have my blood spilt. I won’t celebrate anyone else’s broken body or spilt blood, and I don’t want anyone doing that on my behalf.” Sitting in the pew next to me, my friend spoke her truth in a soft and tentative, but somehow still firm, voice. She then slumped... Read more

Rethinking Church, Communally and Creatively

I spend a curious amount of time discussing, studying, and writing about polity—the structures and procedures of congregational/denominational governance. As other theologians and sociologists of religion speculate about the decline, revival, or re-emergence of Christianity and the church, I focus on how emerging congregations organize themselves and structure... Read more