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Salvation is Not a Human Thing.

Hannah Brencher | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Hannah Brencher

I watched scriptures that I had grown up with be twisted into knives right in front of my eyes and I sat complacently with my hands by my side, not fighting the emptiness that came with each breath of silence. I disclosed information and sorrows that I had never shared with anyone before and watched as they were spat back into my face in the form of a word called "sin." I was dirty. I was shamed. I was forced to share the most embarrassing, vulnerable, and bare moments in my life with leaders of the church. They instructed me to write down every sin I could ever recall committing and read it aloud before a group. And then sit and soak with that sin as I waited in line to get to the light.

Women, Work And The Word

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Look to the widow, look to the single mother. There you will see faith in all its fullness. There you will see Jesus calling us to embrace God's reign.

God's Gender Agenda

Pauline Muchina | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Pauline Muchina

When I was a little girl, I asked my Dad why he did not beat my Mom, or discriminate against his daughters in education like the other men in our community. He said that it was because of Jesus.

Let Her Lead: Creating A Better Future For Women In The Church

Brady Boyd | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Brady Boyd

Let's take a look at what God intended for women, back when Eve burst onto creation's scene. Let's look at some modern-day realities surrounding women and ask what God intends for them now. And let's see what answers we can find.

Women: Living Philanthropy

Rabbi Jack Bemporad | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Bemporad

Women will inherit 70 percent of the $41 trillion in the inter-generational wealth transfer expected over the next 40 years. That enormous potential philanthropic capital will propel women to the forefront of transformational giving. That gives me hope.

3 Complementarians And A Mutualist

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It's time to talk about complementarianism, the theological root of the demeaning, misogynistic evangelical fruit that I surveyed recently.

3 Smokin' Hot Clarifiers

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It's more obvious to me than ever after hearing from readers that this problem of a demeaning culture in the church is real; and until we are honest about that, change will not happen.

Smokin' Hot Wives And Water To The Soul

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

There's an obsession among evangelical pastors/leaders with talking/tweeting endlessly about their "smokin' hot wives" -- an obsession that has spread throughout American Christian culture. I was once a part of the segment of evangelicalism that fosters this kind of thing.

10 Lies Christians Believe About Interacting With the Opposite Sex

The Good Women Project | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
The Good Women Project

The sexual tension that pervades even the simplest campus ministry meeting is a pungent and thick as smoke. I can't help but think that these problems wouldn't be problems if we were OK with casual mingling.

How I Broke Free From Religion And Embraced My Sexuality

Angie Schuller Wyatt | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Angie Schuller Wyatt

I have felt marginalized by religion in my life. As a child, my family passed the pulpit from father to son. As an adult, I struggled to climb ministry's version of a corporate ladder. But despite feeling excluded, I found my way.

Roe and Religion

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

In the years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, clergy were among the staunchest supporters of women seeking an abortion.

A Male View Of The Female Side Of God

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

When editor Gloria Steinem invited a male to write a cover story for Ms. magazine, I was him.

An Evangelical Passion To End Slavery

Carol Berkin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Carol Berkin

Grimké's conviction that abolition was, as she put it, a "cause worth dying for" led her into the anti-slavery movement. But her broader moral vision led her to develop views too radical for most of her fellow abolitionists.

A Good Scandal: Kathie Lee Gifford Brings The Gospel To Broadway

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Almost a century after the height of the charismatic preacher's career, Sister Aimee's namesake and notorious reputation has traveled from Los Angeles to Broadway in "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson."

What Are You Waiting For During Advent?

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Is it an opportunity to meet the surprising around you? Is it an opportunity to reflect on what is most needed in your heart and in the world around you? How are you going to wait for that gift?

Joy To The Women

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Along with Christmas, Advent is the glorious and only time of year when Christians across the theological spectrum can agree on women's participation in God's work.

Confessions Of A Former Model: On Faith And Hour-Glass Figures

Martha Lyles | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Martha Lyles

There's nothing inherently un-Christian about modeling. It's all how you go about it. But tonight's much-hyped Victoria's Secret fashion show is not only a blow to average women still feeling stuffed from Thanksgiving and bloated by holiday treats, it's semi-pornographic.

'Twilight' And Evangelical Christianity's Eternal Girlhood

Linda Kay Klein | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Linda Kay Klein

De-sexualizing religious girling goes deep. Real deep. Girls are told that if they become the wrong kind of woman not only will their eternal life be threatened, but the eternal lives of men and boys who trip over them on their path to God will be at risk.

So What If Jesus Had A Wife?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Is it true? Is it a fake? Should we care? If Jesus was married, would it overturn the patriarchy that for 2,000 years kept women out of ordained leadership? Would it allow men to be married and ordained in the Catholic Church?

Jesus Was Otherwise Engaged: Impacting All Women, Not Just One

John Ortberg | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
John Ortberg

Although the Coptic text may be too dated to reflect Jesus' marital status, it is a reminder of his unusual ability to shape cultural conversation -- not least of all where women are concerned. Perhaps the world is still waiting to catch up to this man.

So Jesus WAS Married -- Oy Vey!

Jan Phillips | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Jan Phillips

How timely, that it coincides with an era in which women are being ordained right and left, despite what the Catholic Church says about not ordaining women. Their reason was always because Jesus had no female disciples -- but this blows that idea out of the water.

The Marginalization Of Women: A Biblical Value We Don't Like To Talk About

Christopher Rollston | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Christopher Rollston

The next time someone refers to "biblical values," it's worth mentioning to them that the Bible often marginalized women and that's not something anyone should value.

Saint Pauli Murray

Carr Harkrader | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Carr Harkrader

Saints are supposed to have names like Aloysius, Xavier and Francis. They're supposed to be engraved in stone, depicted in colorful stained-glass. But during her lifetime, Pauli Murray never really cared about the way things were "supposed" to be.

Reclaiming The Divine Feminine

Rochelle Schieck | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion
Rochelle Schieck

It is difficult, if not impossible, for a woman to access one of her deepest powers of intuition -- receiving guidance from the Divine and the courage to follow it -- if she inherently believes that she does not have the capability of doing so.

A Message To Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Soraya Chemaly

You are powerful beyond words, because you threaten to unravel the control of corrupt men who abuse their authority.