Gender Issues Category

God Help Us – Women with Authority


Throughout the history of Christianity, people have used the Bible to try to ban women from leading. In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with Pastor Kari Olson about what the Bible says about women having authority in the church and over men and what those implications might be for our social and […]

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Having Power…is a Good Thing


In his book, In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen applies the three temptations of Jesus to challenges in pastoral leadership. In Matthew chapter 4, following his baptism, Jesus fasts 40 days in the desert and then is tested by the devil. He’s told to turn stones to bread, to throw himself off the temple, and to fall down […]

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I’m really not here for you. 


Lately I’ve found myself torn in classes where men make sexist comments and then, when called out on it, want to be taught how to be a respectful, inclusive human being.  On the one hand, I can’t just have these people walking around outside. I have a responsibility to do my part in preventing further […]

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Sexy Political Scandals


Before listening to the latest episode of Radio Lab over the weekend, I’d never heard of Gary Hart. Poor guy might have been president if the American public and media hadn’t suddenly taken an interest in his sex life. Sorry buddy. That was terrible timing for you. As hosts Jad and Robert point out early on […]

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Our God Who is in All, through All, and with All.


We say God is grandmother and they say God is father. You say God is dove and she says God is goose. He says God is superhero and I agree. I want God to hold me, and God can. You want God to free you, and God does. They want God to fight for them, […]

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Biblical Truth and Real Life


Originally posted on Reconciling Ministries Network blog on February 4, 2013. For most of my life, I have taken scripture for granted. Not only the pages and words themselves, but the cultural implications embodied in the reading and understanding of it. It’s obvious that Jesus and his group of misfit sidekicks live in a very […]

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Anxious Anticipation


Here’s a post I wrote for my church as part of their daily Advent reflections. Enjoy! Last night I sat around a wooden stool with three other women from Union as we read scripture and poetry and lit candles in memory of women of faith–our predecessors and our contemporaries–who have suffered from violence. As we […]

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Yeah, We Have That Here, Too.


Here’s an interesting article from Human Rights Watch I thought I’d pass along to y’all: US: Mississippi Policies Fuel HIV Epidemic State’s Approaches Impede Access to Information, Prevention, Treatment MARCH 9, 2011 Couple living with HIV in Greenwood, Mississippi. In Mississippi, African-Americans are 37 percent of the population but 76 percent of new HIV cases. […]

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My Thoughts, Exactly


Some very thoughtful people at Chapman periodically send me articles relating to social justice issues in the political and academic worlds. I recently encountered this article, which is great because it expresses some of the same feelings and opinions that I have, but in a more eloquent manner. Just thought I’d share. A Gay Agenda […]

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Feminist Theology from an Asian Perspective


While volunteering at a women’s empowerment organization in Papua for the past year, one way I found I could contribute to the work being done there was to share ideas that I had access to as an English speaker. Here is a brief article I wrote after reading We Dare to Dream: Doing Theology as […]

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