Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children

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UNEXPECTED ABUNDANCE: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children disputes the idea that motherhood is the highest calling for Christian women, holding up biblical figures, monastics, reformers, civil rights figures and more. Forthcoming from Eerdmans.

IRREVERENT PRAYERS: TALKING TO GOD WHEN YOU’RE SERIOUSLY SICK (co-authored with Samantha Vincent-Alexander): Two Episcopal priests learned the limits of prayer when deathly ill and emerged with new ways of praying.

Selected Sermons

I preach every Sunday at St. David’s in Richmond, Virginia, and from time to time am invited to preach elsewhere. Here are a few of my favorites.



You can find links to essays, poems, book reviews, and books in which my work is anthologized here.


Elizabeth Felicetti

The Rev. Elizabeth Felicetti is an Episcopal priest and the rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia (www.stdavidsrva.org). In addition to writing weekly sermons, Elizabeth has had personal essays and book reviews published in The Atlantic, The Christian CenturyFaith & Leadership, Modern Loss, and others and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart. She is represented by Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary Agency.

Recent Sermons

You can read my most recent sermons on our church website.


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Early Ordained Women: Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Florence Li-Tim Oi, and Pauli Murray.
April 27, 6 PM, Zoom. Lyceum Course, Binghamton, NY.
Yoga and Writing Retreat

In The News

Finding Gifts in a Childless Life: PW Talks with Elizabeth Felicetti

Elizabeth Felicetti—a writer, an Episcopal priest, the rector at a Richmond church, and a cancer survivor—covers a lot of ground in her debut book, Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children (Eerdmans, Aug. 2023). 

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