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Supporting Religious Feminists and Stories from the Hindu Beat
April 04, 2024
Dr. Mary Hunt reflects on how women find their voice in religious spaces inside. Then RNS reporter Richa Karmarkar reviews trends she follows on the Hindu beat.

Richa Ravindra Karmarkar
“…Can you be a Hindu and an atheist…the answer is yes.” April 04, 2024
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 the opening of a new 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.  

Richa Karmarkar, New York City-based reporter for RNS, primarily covering Hinduism. Before joining RNS in 2022, Karmarkar worked at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. She also worked as an intern at Interfaith Voices on the Inspired radio show and podcast. Karmarkar is a graduate of Columbia University with a Master’s degrees in Religion and Journalism. She also holds three Bachelor's degrees in Religious Studies, History, and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D.
“...we were all dressed up with nowhere to go.” April 04, 2024
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.

Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D., Feminist theologian, cofounder, and codirector of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. A Catholic active in the women's church movement, she lectures and writes on theology and ethics, paying particular attention to social justice concerns.

You can listen to Mary Hunt in conversation with our founder, Maureen Fielder, in this episode
from 2012.

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