Tag Archives: gender

Refining Our Approach

Living in a community with a variety of interests and backgrounds can render the task of influencing this mosaic of an audience as a challenge. For example, even during my relatively short time as a professor, we have had more than one update on generational characteristics. Communicators are familiar with methods for reaching…

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Surprised by Women in Worship

We have had women participating in public worship at the Manhattan Church of Christ since the early 2000s. Since we are a well-known congregation in New York City, we often have visitors who come to us from Churches of Christ in other parts of the country and even outside of the United States…

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Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 4

From Part 3: In the church, the narrative we write for women is important. If the narrative is narrow and unyielding, if the roles are predetermined and leave zero room for diversity, then those who are seen as outliers become the outcasts. The outcasts become the vulnerable. The vulnerable become the victims. The…

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Teaching Women Effectively

Women’s studies have had a reputation of being fluffy. I am not sure exactly where this reputation began, although it may have to do with a preference for meeting “felt needs” rather than “real needs.” A felt needs approach would likely give preference to instruction on something practical that helps women meet every…

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Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 3

From Part 2: “In church services, women rarely hear themselves reflected in the nature of God. And when you don’t see yourself represented in something as important as faith, then it is really difficult to take ownership of the whole thing. There’s a devaluing that happens, whether intentionally or unintentionally.” __ Shame and…

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Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 2

From Part 1: “Many of our conversations about women contain some pre-conceived notions of who women are or who we think women are supposed to be. When we refuse to re-examine our core beliefs, we risk ostracizing half the church. It’s important to understand where these core beliefs come from…” — Sexism, or…

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The Privilege of Participation

Lisa has two young children. She is married to Andy, a kind man who works hard and cares about Lisa and their kids, but he doesn’t share her faith. Every Sunday morning Lisa takes her kids to church while Andy swims and lifts weights at the local gym. While she wishes he would come to…

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The Role of Intentional Affirmation in Female Development

Who inspired you to be in ministry? It’s a question many of us can answer, but how often do we stop to consider if we have passed along the same gift? As ministry leaders there is an intentional, but simple, thing we can do to help women move toward ministry. It is important…

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Can You See Me Now? Women, Service, and the Small Church

A while back, I had an appointment with a new optometrist. She examined my eyes and then she changed my prescription (the one I had for at least ten years) and went on with her day. I wasn’t too happy about her change—the old prescription worked just fine. Last month, my left eye…

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