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You Are Not Alone! Read first-hand stories of women and men on the journey towards egalitarianism.

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Those Who Protect a Woman’s Call

    Sarah Sparks-Franklin

    Thank God for those who protect a woman’s call! “I’m not sure I can continue as a leader in this church.” So exhausted…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Bible

    Seeing Myself in the Texts of Terror

    Hannah Gaddini

    The other day I happened to go through some old writings from college and I stumbled upon something. It was a reflection I…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    When Words Aren’t Enough: A Pastor’s Thoughts on Gender Equality

    Matt VanGent

    “Girls can’t be drummers.”  My 3-year-old daughter. “I had no idea I could be a youth pastor.”  A female high school student. These…

    Personal Stories

    The Birth of a Pastor

    Kate Wallace Nunneley

      My call to pastoral ministry began during my first semester of seminary. I was taking 3 required courses – Greek Exegesis, Mentored…

    Personal Stories

    Surviving Domestic Abuse: My Story

    Ally Moder

    I thought my dreams were about to come true when I [finally] got married. I left my family, friends, and my job as…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Moving from Complementarian to Egalitarian

    Jenn Dieringer

    I was 32 years old before I heard the word egalitarian. My universe was very small growing up. I, sort of, realized there…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Finding My Voice as a Woman in the Church

    Nikki Holland

    When I was 5 years old, I sang in my first church choir. My dad encouraged me to sing loud so he could…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    How to Raise an Egalitarian

    Julia Ball

    For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a pastor. Raised as a pastor’s kid, my childhood is filled with…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    If They Don’t Affirm You? Preach and Pastor Anyway

    Randi Shepherd

    –Pastor’s wife problems: Getting slapped on the behind after your husband’s sermon while the congregant calls out, “Good message from Kris today”.  Almost…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Giftedness vs. Gender Roles: A Personal Story

    Christi Rooke

    My siblings and I were setting the table when we heard an echo from the kitchen. “Honey, please put down that chain saw…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Being Egalitarian in a Complementarian World

    Eva Burkholder

    As I listened to the pastor of my new church describe the insults and attacks he and the elders had endured after they…

    Personal Stories / Women and Relationships

    Submitting to Egalitarianism: One Couple’s Journey

    Tammi Kauffman

    I should have realized it long ago; I should have recognized the signs. But I didn’t. I suppose I was so lost in…

    Personal Stories

    Taking the Backseat of Christianity

    Sharon Klingemann

    I was a freshman in college and I believed that I needed to take the backseat of Christianity. I was headed to Columbia,…

    Personal Stories

    Becoming an Advocate for Women: One Man’s Journey

    Alex Evangelista

    Learning to be an advocate for women is difficult when you have to unlearn years of a complementarian mentality, male privilege and the…

    Personal Stories

    Who Really Cares about Male Headship?

    Tim Evans

    I recently had a conversation with a good friend. As we were talking, I shared some frustrations I had surrounding ways that many…

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