Here is a short list of women who made significant contributions to the Christian egalitarian movement long before Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique came on the scene: Margaret Fox, Susanna Wesley, Sojourner Truth, Phoebe Palmer, Catherina Booth.
I think it’s odd to denounce Paul’s extensive teaching on spiritual gifts as not relevant today, yet embrace a few verses that appear to restrict women’s full participation in church leadership.
In the end, you see, it’s not about effectiveness, although adding women to your church board will certainly have an impact on that. It’s about justice and about righting what is wrong in this world. It’s about faithfulness – being faithful to the ethic and value system of the Kingdom of God.
Contrary to what you may have heard, egalitarians do NOT believe men and women are “the same”. We are keenly aware of the differences, which is why we advocate for the full inclusion of women in leadership.
Recently, I heard it said in a sermon that the early church was led by “unschooled, ordinary men”. This idea that Jesus chose poor, uneducated fishermen as his disciples is entrenched in evangelistic teaching, and was something I heard often growing up in the church. But is it really true?
There was some great conversation yesterday in the Comments Section of Meredith’s post: “5 Things I Wish All Male Egalitarian Pastors Would Do“. We thought it would be helpful to keep the conversation going today and see what new ideas we could capture. Here are some things readers suggested adding to the list: Ask women, […]
There has been a lot in the media lately about gender-specific marketing of toys, but this was a new take on the “princess debate” we hadn’t seen before… what do you think of this marketing strategy for children’s Bibles?
Views on submission exist on a continuum, but generally speaking, egalitarians support mutual submission in marriage, and church leadership based on giftedness rather than gender; while complementarians support the unilateral submission of wives, and predominately male church leadership. Both hold the Bible in high regard – the difference comes in interpretation.
The Junia Project is a community of men and women advocating for gender equality in the home, church, and world-at-large (a position sometimes called biblical egalitarianism). We believe that when interpreted correctly, the Bible teaches that both men and women are called to seek Jesus, make disciples, and love radically, without regard for gender. Thank you for joining us […]