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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

    My Journey as a Female Preacher

    Larissa Marks

    A few weeks ago, the pastoral leadership team of my church (which I am a part) was planning the upcoming sermon series. When…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Hearing Myself Preach

    Robbie Cansler

      I was the first woman I ever heard preach. I was 16 years old, and I called it “sharing”. The urge to…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    On Being a Female Chaplain in the Military

    Alexis Waggoner

    I just spent six weeks with a group of 21 other Air Force chaplains. All 21 were male. I’m a female chaplain in…

    Personal Stories / Women and Relationships

    I Didn’t Choose to Become an Egalitarian

    Carrie Fernandez

    I’m a southern girl, the middle child, one of three daughters in my family of five. My daddy gloried in raising up three,…

    Personal Stories

    No Longer Submitting to “A Woman’s Place”

    Jory Micah Peterson

    Today guest writer Jory Micah shares some of her personal story. "I had a realization. As a woman in ministry I could accept…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Jesus Found Me

    Heather Penny

      One of my favorite stories is when Jesus heals a man who had been born blind since birth. After Jesus heals him,…

    Biblical Equality / Personal Stories

    Walking in Rachel Held Evans’ Shoes

    Kate Wallace Nunneley

      It was November 2013. The conference had already started, and I was running late. I walked quickly along the sidewalk with my…

    Biblical Equality / Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    We Need You, Brothers

    Kelly Ladd Bishop

    I used to work for a church that went through the tedious process of changing the church bylaws to allow for the full…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    The Case of the Reluctant Feminist

    Jerri Dyer

    I don’t really like to identify myself as a feminist. I am - to borrow and slightly modify our priest’s description of herself…

    Personal Stories / Women and Relationships / Women and the Church

    Miss & Carry: Towards a Theology of Unrealized Motherhood

    Hannah Helms

    In this personal and moving post, guest author Hannah Helms makes the case that the Church needs a better theology to address the…

    Biblical Equality / Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Developing Ideas of Equality

    Terry Cunningham

    My first official contact with women struggling for equality was as a young reporter. Some women had chained themselves to the front of…

    Personal Stories / Women and Relationships

    Co-Pastoring & Marriage: 5 Things That Helped Us Survive It All

    Shawna Songer Gaines

    My pastor friends ask, "How can you work with another co-pastor?" My married friends ask, "How can work with your spouse?" To be…

    Biblical Equality / Personal Stories / Women and the Bible

    Whispers of Hope and Subversion in the Old Testament

    Harriet Reed Congdon

    It may seem strange that I became an egalitarian through the back door of Old Testament patriarchal culture and history. But it worked…

    Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    Why We Need More Women Pastors

    Karen Strand Winslow

    The power of exposure and custom—and the lack thereof—etches deep marks in our inner beings. We associate pastoring with men because the pastors…

    Biblical Equality / Personal Stories / Women and the Church

    On Being a Jesus Feminist

    Beth Wartick

    From the editor: On Mondays this month we’re sharing personal stories of Christian women who identify in some way as feminists. We hope…

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