Sister Chris Schenk is a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter. Her column “Simply Spirit” is available at http://ncronline.org/blogs/simply-spirit It appears online twice a month and periodically in print. She is currently researching a book about women’s leadership in early Christian art and archaeology. Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity will be published by Fortress Press in 2017. In October 2013, Schenk stepped down from her position as the founding director of FutureChurch, an international coalition of parish centered Catholics working for full participation of all Catholics in the life of the Church. She led the organization from 1990-2013 and worked to transform a diocesan network of 28 parish councils and 100 parish leaders into an international organization of over 3500 parish-centered activists reflecting the values of Vatican II. A Sister of St. Joseph, Sr. Chris formerly worked as a nurse midwife in Cleveland for 20 years. In 1980 she helped to organize a successful statewide coalition to expand Medicaid coverage to include pregnant low-income women and their children. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and holds two Masters degrees, one in science from Boston College and an MA in Theology "with distinction" from St. Mary's Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland.