Supporting Religious Feminists and Stories from the Hindu Beat

Dr. Mary Hunt is a feminist theologian, scholar, and activist who reflects on how women find their voice and express leadership in religious spaces inside and beyond institutions. Religion News Service National Religion Reporter Richa Karmarkar reviews some of the trends she follows on the Hindu beat.

“…Can you be a Hindu and an atheist…the answer is yes.”
In 2023, the Religion News Service hired Richa Karmarkar as the first national religion reporter covering the Hindu beat. She hopes the growth of the Hindu community sparks interest and curiosity about the diversity of a religious tradition that is not well understood.  From a new temple opening of a Hare Krishna temple in the Washington, DC region to the embrace of feminist deities by a new generation, Karmarkar is excited to cover a tradition that 1% of Americans self-identify with either religiously or culturally.

“…we were all dressed up with nowhere to go.”
A trailblazer in Christian feminist theology, Dr. Mary Hunt, joins to reflect on how the world for women in religion has changed and how groups like hers are adapting.  She co-founded the Women’s Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual four decades ago with her partner Diane Neus. Today, Hunt explains how the small and nimble team continues to engage and provide support for women worldwide using technology and new ways of gathering.  Reflecting on her early journey into this work, Hunt shares lessons learned fighting for equality for women and fondly recalls trailblazers, including Interfaith Voices founder Sister Maureen Fielder.

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