Ensure Justice 2018
March 02, 2018 - March 03, 2018

(From the Ensure Justice website:)

The annual Ensure Justice Conference at Vanguard University will be held in Costa Mesa, California on March 2-3, 2018. The theme of our 2018 conference is Substance Abuse and Human Trafficking. Our goal is to bring together experts on the subject matter, foster learning, and provoke conversations that grow collaborative efforts.

Ensure Justice is a two-day conference focused on equipping teachers, law enforcement, students, and community members to protect and intervene for women and children at high-risk of exploitation and violence. Understanding the contributing factors of human trafficking that run deep will inform innovative strategies for future prevention.

Faith, Development, and Gender Consortium
January 23, 2018 - January 23, 2018

Dr. Haddad joined a consortium of leaders working in faith, development and gender communities to explore justice through a more intentional engagement of research and outreach through a cross discipline approach. 

Is God Male?
January 17, 2018 - January 17, 2018

CBE was a recipient of the Wilshire Baptist Church Mission Plus Grant to expand outreach on behalf of gender equality through literature distribution through partners and events in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Kenya; Uganda; the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and Haiti! Following a very successful partnership, Mimi Haddad was invited to lead a podcast on “Is God Male?” to explore the impact of theological patriarchy on development and gender justice globally. 

ETS Women's Coffee Hour
November 16, 2017 - November 16, 2017

CBE has the incredible opportunity of hosting the Women's Coffee Hour at ETS on Thursday, November 16 from 9:15 pm to 10:30 pm. All women attending ETS are invited to join CBE for this inspirational hour of conversation and networking. 

Other Voices in Interpretation at ETS
November 16, 2017 - November 16, 2017

8:30 am11:40 am | Omni-Newport

Other Voices in Interpretation

Moderator: Grace May (William Carey International University)

8:30 am9:15 am
Yaliang Zhao (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

Diphus Chemorion (St. Paul's University)
Support and Strategy for Women Leaders: A Comparison between the Chinese Evangelical Church in North America and the Reformed Church of East Africa

9:25 am9:45 am 
Chip M. Anderson (Christ Presbyterian Church in The Hill)
Seditious Households: How Holy Kisses, Tables, and Other NT House Church Practices Subverted Oppression and Slavery

9:45 am10:05 am
Woodrow E. Walton (General Council of the Assemblies of God/North Texas District)
Toward a New Reformation by Fusion

Moderator: William David Spencer (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

10:15 am10:50 am
Timothy Paul Erdel (Bethel College)
Should Christian Egalitarians Be Gender Essentialists?

Moderator: Aida Besancon Spencer (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

11:00 am11:20 am
William David Spencer (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
The Controversy between Nicaea's Council and Eusebius of Caesarea on Using Eternal Generation Language for Jesus Christ and Some Implications for Today

11:20 am11:40 am
DaeSung (James) Kim (London School of Theology)
Eternal Equality of Authority in the Trinity

12:00 pm12:45 pm
Business Meeting 

Evangelicals and Gender at ETS - Thursday
November 16, 2017 - November 16, 2017

8:30 am11:40 am | Omni-Providence I

Evangelicals and Gender

Moderator: Cynthia Long Westfall

8:30 am9:10 am 
J. Alan Branch (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Gender Reassignment Surgery and Christian Ethics: A Brief Summary and Critique

9:20 am10:00 am 
June Yang (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Revisiting "The Image of God": Genesis 1:26-27 and Its Implication for the Concept of Gender

10:10 am10:50 am
Timothy Foster (Ridley College, Melbourne)
Smell the Sulphur: 1 Timothy 2:13-15 as Analogy

11:00 am11:40 am
Mimi Haddad (Fuller/CBE)
A Trail of Translation Error: How Katharine Bushnell Challenged Distorted Bible Translations

Evangelicals and Gender at ETS - Wednesday
November 15, 2017 - November 15, 2017

9:00 am12:10 pm | Omni-South Country

Evangelicals and Gender: Gender and Bible Translation

Moderator: Mimi Haddad

9:00 am9:35 am
Aloo Osotsi Mojola (St. Paul's University) (by video)
Bible Translation and Gender, Successes and Challenges—With Specific Reference to Sub-Saharan Africa

9:35 am10:10 am
Tremper Longman III (Westmont College)

10:10 am10:45 am
Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary)

10:45 am11:20 am 
Mark Strauss (Bethel Seminary)

11:20 am11:55 am
Cynthia Long Westfall (McMaster Divinity College)

11:55 am12:10 pm
Questions from the Audience

CBE Community Meal at ETS
November 15, 2017 - November 15, 2017

Will you be attending the Evangelical Theological Society’s (ETS) 69th Annual Meeting in Providence RI? Or do you live in the Providence area?

If so, I would like to invite you to join us for the annual CBE Community Dinner. This year’s community meal will be held at P. F. Chang’s on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:15 pm.

We will be ordering off the menu. Please make sure to ask for a separate check with your meal! 

If you are registered for ETS and would like to walk to the restaurant with CBE, please meet at the CBE exhibit booth (#124) at 6:00 pm.

Address: P. F. Chang’s, 111 Providence Place, Providence, RI 02903

Phone: (401)-270-4665

Walking directions from the Rhode Island Convention Center (approximately 10 minutes):

  • Head northeast on Sabin St toward Mathewson St.
  • Slight right onto W Exchange St.
  • Turn left onto Francis St. N
  • Stay on Francis St for 0.2 miles
  • P.F. Chang’s is on the left

All are welcome to join CBE for this meal, so please feel free to invite your friends or colleagues. The more the merrier!

"A Trail of Translation Error: How Katharine Bushnell Challenged Distorted Bible Translations"
November 14, 2017 - November 14, 2017

The Evangelical Theological Society's 69th annual meeting will be held November 15-17, 2017, in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme of the conference will be "The Heritage of the Reformation."

Dr. Mimi Haddad will present her paper "A Trail of Translation Error: How Katharine Bushnell Challenged Distorted Bible Translations" as a workshop at the event.

A medical missionary and social activist, Dr. Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946) was one of the youngest women to become a medical doctor and missionary serving first in China and later with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) where she headed the social purity program. Her work with the WCTU involved exposing the plight of trafficked girls and women imprisoned in brothels in the United States and India. An ardent Christian activist who believed that social action and evangelism were inseparable events, Bushnell challenged the collusion of flawed Bible translations that legitimized and leveraged male dominance that distorted Christian faith, practice, and social ethic. This workshop will consider the legacy of Dr. Bushnell’s work in Bible translation as she established an egalitarian theology and worldview. 

2017 Evangelical Society Annual Meeting
November 14, 2017 - November 16, 2017

CBE’s participation in the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island was a wonderful time of scholarship, fellowship, and continuing work to increase the number of women and people of color who are represented in ETS.

In the Other Voices in Interpretation study group, Drs. Aída and Bill Spencer led a session which brought together a group of scholars who interpret theology through some of the most creative perspectives imaginable, including the arts, street ministries, robotics, and more.

In the Evangelicals and Gender study group, leading biblical scholars and Bible translators responded to Dr. Aloo Mojola’s lecture on Bible translation from CBE’s 2017 summer conference. Dr. Cynthia Westfall began the presentation with a summary that further highlighted Dr. Mojola’s concerns that biased translations deepen the suffering of girls and women caught in cultures with little support. Each responder began their lecture by commenting on the breadth and depth of Dr. Mojola’s knowledge, and how thankful they were for his perspective.

In another session of the study group, Dr. Timothy Foster presented his paper, “Smell the Sulphur: 1 Timothy 2:13-15 as Analogy,” which pieces together the otherwise confusing mystery of Paul’s words to Timothy, concerning women’s salvation through childbirth. His well-received paper was followed by Dr. Mimi Haddad’s paper on the story of women in Bible translation and Katharine Bushnell’s work challenging translations that misrepresent women as sexually or morally inferior ontologically. Dr. Haddad comments that, “In all my years presenting at ETS, rarely have I learned more than when preparing for this paper. It seems there remains much work to be done in improving translations, and this has been a struggle since the early centuries, given the depth of misunderstanding concerning gender.”

Many of the ETS session recordings are available for purchase. Dr. Haddad recommends Dr. Gwenfair Walters Adams' plenary session, “Shock and Awe: The Reformers and the Stunning Joy of Romans 1-8,” which she says brought her to tears through the beautiful vision of the renewing presence of Christ in history.

The CBE community gathered the first night of ETS for fellowship over a meal. The community meal drew friends from many major academic institutions, including SAIACS in Bangalore, India, where CBE held an international conference in 2007. It was wonderful to catch up with so many friends and hear updates on their lives and projects. CBE is so grateful for the work and vision of all our supporters who joined us!

CBE was honored to be asked by ETS to host the Women’s Coffee Reception. Scholars from throughout the US, Canada, India, and Australia met together for more than two hours. Dr Haddad says, "We giggled, shared difficult stories, and prayed for a better day for women in the evangelical academy. Most of all, we were there supporting each other, and despite our differences, we stand as sisters in Christ, ready to be sisters above all else."

CBE staff greeted visitors to CBE’s booth throughout the conference. They distributed resources, sold books, and shared CBE’s mission with attendees. CBE’s booth has always been a safe haven for women scholars—regardless of their theological position—to speak confidentially about their experiences and challenges in the evangelical academy. Staff were especially excited to meet several young women doing scholarly work in areas that relate to CBE’s mission. You can read CBE supporter Haley Gabrielle’s account of her experiences here.

Finally, CBE is excited to announce that CBE board of reference member and long-time friend and supporter, Dr. Craig Keener, was elected president-elect of ETS and will become president of ETS at the next annual meeting. Dr. Keener will be the first egalitarian president at ETS in two decades.