“Why The Silence?” Forgive me the Cynicism … (on Women in the Church)

I don’t know about you, but when I first read this it shocked and appalled me. During the times of Jesus, the religious leaders prayed at least three times a day and always thanked God for three specific things: Thank God that I am a Jew and not a Gentile. Thank God that I am … Continue reading “Why The Silence?” Forgive me the Cynicism … (on Women in the Church)

It’s about pain: Concern for Christian women in the church

This is a followup to writing about multi-ethnicity, race and culture and the culturally insensitive and offensive book, Deadly Viper. I’ve concluded that the only way to change that story is to boycott the book but even that is ineffective. And apparently the authors are “good guys” and they didn’t mean any harm. Okay.  Beyond … Continue reading It’s about pain: Concern for Christian women in the church

On Doubt & Growing up in the Church of (women) “Shouldn’t. Wouldn’t. Couldn’t.”

My daughter pushes me.  She demands.  Before coffee and time to wake up in the morning, she throws out at me like spittle in my face a withering challenge. She says, about my faith, my beliefs, something like …. You follow some concocted foolishness, if only to comfort yourself, to be a part of something, … Continue reading On Doubt & Growing up in the Church of (women) “Shouldn’t. Wouldn’t. Couldn’t.”

What is lost when the Church echoes with the sound of women’s silence?

What is lost when the church echoes with the sound of women’s silence? In many respects I am too strident– because of my lack of “role”, my current joblessness lacks authority, lack of higher degrees, perhaps this is why I find myself speaking out more often, and more loudly.   I have finally accepted that one cannot … Continue reading What is lost when the Church echoes with the sound of women’s silence?

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The Stones I Carry and a Band of Saintly Women

“With or without our permission, with or without our understanding, eventually suffering comes. Then the only question is how to endure it, how to accept it, how to cope with it, how to turn it from dross to gleam.”   Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year A saint (noun) is a virtuous person, particularly good or holy, … Continue reading The Stones I Carry and a Band of Saintly Women

{To the Elders and leaders of X Church, fellow believers in Christ} #mutuality2012

I believe this letter to my church’s Elder Board could have been written to almost any Complementarian church’s elder board. To the Elders and leaders of X Church, fellow believers in Christ: If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation.  The old had passed away, behold, the new has come.  All this is … Continue reading {To the Elders and leaders of X Church, fellow believers in Christ} #mutuality2012

When our Traditions and Tired Beliefs are Calcified into Orthodoxy (Brief Thoughts On Women)

  Yesterday as I was sitting across from one of the people I respect most in the world when my life changed forever.  You see I have had many long years of being in pain about being a woman in the church, though I am on a path of healing. Yes, this story does have … Continue reading When our Traditions and Tired Beliefs are Calcified into Orthodoxy (Brief Thoughts On Women)

Why Stay in the Church? (Here’s Why I thank God for Mine.) UPDATED

God has many that the church does not have, and the church has many that God does not have.  ~ Augustine   Even though it is totally embarrassing to be labeled an “evangelical” Christian today, mostly because of the politicization of organized religion and because there are so many crazies on the religious right.  (I know.  I’m … Continue reading Why Stay in the Church? (Here’s Why I thank God for Mine.) UPDATED

Can I “forget” that I’m a Woman while at Church? Forgetting and Forgiving

NOT MY IMAGE

For a long time, I’ve been angry; allowing myself to root about, sullied by my feelings–ashamed. And oh, so hurt.  Hurt by my church not taking a brave, outward stand on women in leadership. Then, over the last few months God has taken me on a journey, though it began many years ago.  The Holy One … Continue reading Can I “forget” that I’m a Woman while at Church? Forgetting and Forgiving

The F-word is a Dirty Word in the Church

I have had something percolating for a while — thoughts on being a woman in the church. It is good to be human. But is it good to be a woman in the church?   And what about the f-word?  It’s hard to be a feminist in the Evangelical church.  Do you ever wonder why people of … Continue reading The F-word is a Dirty Word in the Church

{I Know What “ezer” Means — Further thoughts on being a Woman in the Church}

Sometimes people listen to me.  And I think, I have a responsibility to talk about what it is like to be a woman in the Church. Sometimes people listen, so hear me, this is what I don’t understand — Why are women still oppressed? And why do (some) men not understand? Why do (some) men … Continue reading {I Know What “ezer” Means — Further thoughts on being a Woman in the Church}

We are Half the Church

Cartoons are blaring.  My son is home sick with a high fever and sore throat. (Strep likely.  We’ll know later today.) I sit perched on the edge of my chair here in front of the computer, because my cat Jaz is comfortably lounging on 2/3rd of the seat and today I don’t have the heart … Continue reading We are Half the Church