For the Good of the Church

The Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham, warmly invite you to the online launch of Gabrielle Thomas’s new book For the Good of the Church: Unity, Theology, and Women, taking place at 5.30pm GMT (12.30pm EST) on Monday 8 March (International Women’s Day 2021). Author Gabrielle Thomas (now Lecturer at Yale Divinity School; former post-doctoral researcher here at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University) will be joined by:

The book

What do we need to learn and receive from the other to help us address challenges or wounds in our own tradition? That is the key question asked in what has come to be known as 'receptive ecumenism'. And nowhere is this question more pressing and pertinent than in women's experiences within the church.

Based on a qualitative study conducted here at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University, in partnership with the National Board of Catholic Women, the book reveals how radically different theological and ecclesiological perspectives can be a space for learning and receiving gifts for the well-being of the whole church.


We do hope you will join us to hear about the book, meet new people, and help us celebrate the launch! To participate/attend, you will need Zoom details—to receive them please register at

A poster for the event, which includes a discount code for the book, is attached Gabrielle Thomas book launch poster – please feel free to share this email and the poster with your networks as you wish.

With best wishes,


Jane Lidstone

Administrative Assistant

Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies

Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RS United Kingdom