This just in from Mary E. Hunt at WATER.
Letty Russell, feminist theologian, died peacefully at home last night (July 12, 2007) after a valiant and graceful struggle with cancer. Shannon Clarkson was with her. They were accompanied near and far by legions of friends and colleagues. May she rest in the peace she envisioned and worked for throughout her life of scholarship, service, hospitality, and friendship.
WATER extends sympathy to Shannon on this great loss. May Letty's memory be a blessing and her work a source on inspiration to the many people around the world whose lives she touched.
-Mary E. Hunt
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Letty was editor, with Shannon Clarkson, of the Dictionary of Feminist Theologies. She devoted much of her energy in recent years to supporting the work of women theologians in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the global South. She was professor of theology emerita at Yale Divinity School.
Here is some recent audio -- Letty's recent lecture at Harvard, "Encountering the 'Other' in a World of Difference and Danger."
With Mary and many others, I give thanks for Letty's life and work. May the angels sing her into paradise and may her legacy thrive on this earth.