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Women in Ministry

Women in Ministry: When the Call Is Enough

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 11.24.2016 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

What is interesting about the biblical examples of women who were called into ministry is that though there is no defined call narrative, the women simply took the charge from God and did what God called them to do.

The Foolishness of So-Called Biblical Gender Roles

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Taking an unjust system and making it nicer is foolishness. However, this is exactly what many evangelical groups are doing with patriarchy. Patriarchy, at its core, is a system of injustice, where women are not fully autonomous, but are under the authority of men.

The Collapse of Liberal Protestant Churches

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 10.20.2016 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Conservative Catholics have a right to their opinions, but many of us in liberal Protestant churches would dispute their contention that we have abandoned key elements of Christian belief and practice.

Women in Leadership: The Only Thing That Matters is What the Bible Says

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.02.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

People usually jump to the passages that they read as limiting the roles of women. It is critical to understand those passages, but the problem with starting there is that we too often forget about the rest of the Bible.

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 09.21.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

In 1984, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) declared that because the woman was first in the Edenic Fall, all women were excluded from pastoral ministry to preserve their submission, as required by God.

I'm Tired of Churches Teaching Male Headship

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.15.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I'm tired of it because, at best it silences women and keeps their voices out of the pulpits and the classrooms. At worst it traps women and girls in abusive and damaging situations, and fuels a culture of male privilege and power.

Thoughts From an Evangelical Woman Pastor

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 08.26.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Christ didn't call us to find groups of people who agree with us on everything, and then hang out with them so we feel good about ourselves. He also didn't call us to be disagreeable people, belittling those who disagree with us, with a self righteous attitude.

Why I Haven't Left the Church, Even Though I Was Hurt

Rachel Toalson | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
Rachel Toalson

From the day I changed my name, in the eyes of the Church, I have stood in my husband's shadow. That was the day I began to wonder if this was the kind of Church I could love, this one that could pass so easily over so magnificent a choir director just because she was a woman.

Stop Talking About Women in Ministry

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 05.22.2016 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

We need to stop talking about women in ministry. Really, we do. Because every time we, men, talk about women in ministry we, perhaps inadvertently, place ourselves in the center of the conversation.

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

3 Reasons the Church of England Decision Is Right on Time

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

On Monday, the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops of the Church after years of debate and division. And almost immediately, commentators began to complain.

The Church Is a Her: Why I Love the Ecclesia Effeminate

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

The church is not only a Bride -- the church is also an incarnational Body and a royal kingdom Witness -- but when it comes to gender, the beauty of the feminine in communion with the Divine is the only metaphor that Scripture gives us. And for this reason, we ought to love the ecclesia effeminate.

A Letter From the Brothers: We Support Women -- Period.

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

As ministers of the gospel, church leaders and people who love and support women, we promise to speak up, speak out, stand up and stand with our sisters in ministry.

Pope Francis: The Church Has Many Obsessions

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of asking, however, why people are running away from churches faster than a squirrel will cross a busy street, most fundamentalist Christian leaders point to those leaving as if something were wrong with them.

Today We Are Closer: Lutherans Elect First Female Bishop

Nadia Bolz-Weber | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
Nadia Bolz-Weber

As much as I long to never again be asked to speak about being a woman in ministry, and as much as I want the day to come when the gender of clergy is not in any way interesting, we are not there yet.

This, Too, Shall Pass: Southern Baptists, Women And The NIV Bible

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For many who accept gender parity as the norm in contemporary culture, debates such as this appear quaint or even irrelevant. But the tension lingers over the role of women in church.

The Calling Shows How Some Are Summoned to the Ministry

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a four hour documentary airing on PBS this month in the Independent Lens series.