Women in Early Christianity The Buried Record

It is clear that from the life of Jesus onward, women played a pivotal role in the emergence of Christianity. That record has been obscured and even buried over the centuries. In this class, we will dive into recent scholarship that offer details of the lives of women followers of Jesus and women leaders of small communities with the intention of recovering these figures of courage and ingenuity. Our goal will be to understand their hidden history and see how it might inform our relationship with women as Christian leaders today.  

Class format:

  • Six Sessions via Zoom
  • Live presentations by faculty along with group discussion
  • 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. CT Tuesdays
  • Tuition:  $180 (not including four books available on Amazon)

To register:


Classes in Independent Catholicism

$180 per class. $20 discount if you register by 9/1. All tuition will be received by Charis Ecumenical Catholic Community and earmarked toward Rev. Vanni’s housing allowance.



Trish Sullivan Vanni, PhD. Trish is a consultant and theologian who works with congregations and ministerial organizations in the areas of formation, vision casting and mission development. Her academic expertise is in Catholic ecclesiology and liturgical theology. She has taught at the Pacific School of Religion, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and St. Catherine University. She is the priest pastoral director of Charis Ecumenical Catholic Community. An accomplished writer, she has written multiple magazine articles and seven books, including parish-focused guides to the Mass. She works collaboratively with other independent Catholic leaders to build relationships across jurisdictional lines. Trish lives in Eden Prairie, MN with her sculptor husband Peter with whom she has three remarkable young adult children, two old but adorable cats, and a needy (if irresistible) rescue dog.