Carter Heyward

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Isabel Carter Heyward (born August 22, 1945 ) is an American feminist theologian and pastor .


Carter Heyward studied at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia, Columbia University, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York . She taught from 1975 until her retirement in 2006 as a professor of theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge (Massachusetts) , USA.

In June 1974, she was together with ten other women ( "Philadelphia Eleven") to the priestess of the Episcopal Church in the United States consecrated . This ordination of women violated the rules of their church at the time; it was officially recognized in 1976.


Her work in the field of relationship theology is classified as feminist liberation theology . Carter emphasizes relational power as the mode of action of the divine in the world. For them the divine occurs again and again between each individual and all that exists. God is a relationship that takes place over and over again. "God is love - the constant, immediate longing and urge to incarnate reciprocity in the entire cosmos." This God is to be realized. She describes this process as "godding", the activity of realizing God as the power of relationship in the verb word creation "to god".


  • And she touched his dress. A feminist theology of relationship. Kreuz-Verlag, Stuttgart 1986.
  • Touching Our Strength: The Erotic As Power and the Love of God. 1989.
  • A Priest Forever. One Woman's Controversial Ordination in the Episcopal Church. 1976.
  • Saving Jesus from Those Who Are Right. Rethinking What It Means to Be Christian. 1999.
  • Rising from the rubble. 2000 (article from The Other Side ).
  • God in the balance. Christian Spirituality in Times of Terror. 2002.
  • Redesigning Jesus. Exodus-Verlag 2006 (German translation of Saving Jesus ... ).