2014 has been an incredible year! We have absolutely loved spending this last year with you all, and we hope to spend many more together!
Today we are sharing a few highlights – the ten most viewed posts written in 2014, our favorite posts of the year, and some things we are looking forward to in 2015. We hope you enjoy! Happy New Year from all of us here at The Junia Project!
Highlights from 2014
- Hosting Shauna Niequist for an evening on Gender & Calling in the Church
- Meeting fellow bloggers & biblical equality advocates from around the world (including Bev Murrill with Kyria Network, Brian Wiele of the Commission on Biblical Gender Equality, Marg Mowczko of New Life, and Mimi Haddad of Christians for Biblical Equality).
- Speaking to more and more groups about biblical equality, including three groups of pastors!
- Getting to know you – The Junia Project readers! It has been so fun getting to know you online & in person.
- Offering our blog subscribers our very first e-book, “The Women of Advent” in December.
The Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2014
Guest Post: Tim+Anne Evans | Views to date – 4,254
Our position is that before sin entered the picture, there was no designated hierarchy, headship, or female subordination, and man was not declared the leader or spiritual cover. Headship is never mentioned until thousands of years after God’s original marriage design. In Eden the husband and wife enjoyed mutual equality intrinsically and functionally. The husband and wife co-led together—naked and not ashamed—as they celebrated the miracle and mystery of two becoming one.
Guest Post: Mark Kubo | Views to date – 4,294
For over a decade I didn’t know what to do with the discomfort I felt about what was taught to me about gender and family in the church. Then a few years ago I began to encounter blogs and books showing there are other ways to interpret and apply biblical texts, including those dealing with gender…These resources are important to me because they provide something I didn’t have when I was struggling and questioning – other ways of interpreting.
I was sitting in the audience of my church, which I adore, listening to the announcements. The male pastor began explaining a new discipleship and leadership program designed to train believers to go into ministry. I shared a look with my roommate, whispering to her, “Wow, I would love to do this!” …and that’s when I heard just one sentence that removed any possibility of my participation. “We went through the interview and application process with many different men, and eventually chose….” My much beloved church made my heart ache that day.
Guest Post: Heather Celoria | Views to date – 6,029
In case you missed it, there was an enormous outcry from protesters when Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal posted an article titled “My Easy Trip From Youth Minister To Felon”. The article was written by a former youth pastor now serving jail time for his sexual abuse and predatory rape of one of his students…The editors of Leadership Journal posted the article, which was more than five pages in length, on Monday and eventually replaced it with an apology on Friday evening after a flurry of protest.
By Kate | Views to date – 6,400
I sat there and couldn’t help but see the irony in listening to (a few) complementarian men talk about justice – men who do not see men and women as ontologically AND functionally equal, yet who talked about righting the wrongs of the world. How strange it was to sit and listen to people who didn’t see the underlying injustice in their own teaching about justice.
By Kate | Views to date – 6,502
Many groups in the Church today are elevating the masculine above the feminine. Some in the church have been so influenced by our patriarchal culture that the idea of male superiority has trickled into Christian teaching. Complementarian teaching says that from creation Adam was given a special authority over Eve. This teaching almost exclusively clings to the masculine aspects of Christian thought and it has overridden any feminine aspects, to the point of inaccuracy. And it is affecting our teaching and the life of the church and, I know, the dignity of women also.
By Gail | Views to date – 6,515
I often hear from people that when this verse comes up in discussions what usually happens is that a few salvos are tossed back and forth (along with a few pointed comments about one’s view of scripture), and then the conversation stalls. One reason this happens is that people haven’t taken enough time to study and think through their views…we need to figure out how to have this discussion in a more constructive way.
By Kate | Views to date – 17,807
When I read the Gospels, I can’t help but notice a significant disconnect between the life of Jesus and widespread church practice…I know that Paul wrote some things that have caused us to be overly concerned with a woman’s place, but if we are teaching something that is inconsistent with Jesus’ life, perhaps we have gotten it wrong. I mean, if Jesus asked a woman to preach the Good News of His resurrection today would we listen, or would we condemn them both?
By Gail | Views to date – 45,089
Over the past few months I’ve had several conversations with male friends who disagree that they are “privileged” in their communities of faith and that women are at a disadvantage as a result. I had been praying and mulling over how to break through this impasse when I came across an anonymous post, “A Definitive Guide to White Privilege”. There are a lot of these lists floating around, but this one had a lot of examples that I think are also true in church contexts. I’ve rewritten a few from my vantage point as a woman in the conservative evangelical church.
By Gail | Views to date – 51,670
Did Paul really intend to drop a bomb that would forever exclude women from all levels of church leadership? I don’t believe he did, and to borrow a cliché from movies and television, I’d like to share some steps we can take to “defuse the bomb” and encourage a more accurate understanding of Paul’s purpose in writing this “difficult passage”.
Some Personal Favorites
My favorite blog from one of our contributors this year was From a Daddy to His Daughters: Dreaming for them in the Church by Brandon Chase. Brandon’s hope for his daughters was heartfelt and inspiring. I loved this post!
My favorite blog to write was They Gave me a Box. So many of us have been hurt by our experiences with church. This post came from a place deep within myself, and from a strong desire to help the Church become the beacon of hope that it was supposed to be.
There were so many great posts from guest contributors in 2014! One of my favorites was Confessions of a Closet Egalitarian by Liz Wolfe. Aside from the great title, I related to so many things in Liz’s journey of becoming an advocate for women – getting angry, furiously scribbling notes during sermons, having my “justice” buttons pushed – you get the idea!
The post I had the most fun writing was Which Biblical Heroine Are You? Besides getting a kick out of the responses (even the men jumped in!) I loved that the quiz author, Ellie Hall, jumped into the Twitter conversation and shared with us how she developed the quiz.
The post I learned the most from writing was 5 Black Women Every Egalitarian Should Know. When I researched these women I was astounded at their courage and tenacity. And the quotes – just fantastic. For example, THIS by Julia Foote: “When Paul said, ‘Help those women who labor with me in the Gospel,’ he certainly meant that they did more than to pour out tea!” Take a look and be inspired!
Things we are looking forward to in 2015
- The Junia Project is excited to announce that we are partnering with the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium to further the cause of biblical equality by working with their pastors and church leaders to better develop and realize their denominational theologies of women. We are very excited about this amazing ministry opportunity and the potential for the Kingdom!
- Upcoming themes in blogging, including egalitarian relationships & a focus on women’s history in the church and society.
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