Christians from around the world gathered in Denver to explore not only the biblical foundations of gift-based ministry, but also the biblical and theological basis for gender justice and Christian service.
The glow of the moon leaves cold circles of light on the rooftop of the Pharisee’s home. He has waited for the darkest part of the night to meet with his guest. He often goes to great lengths to avoid the prying eyes of self-righteous neighbors. Eagerly, he converses with the visiting Teacher.
Women were considered physically and emotionally frail and in constant need of men’s care and protection. These were the values that I grew up with, but I always considered them to be demeaning of women.
If God’s design for male-female relationships was unity and interdependence, and if hierarchy in relationships came as a result of sin, perhaps we need to reevaluate teachings on male “headship” in marriage today.
As Christian egalitarians, we believe that marriages should not resemble the master bed, but rather the marriage bed. Such marriages should value intimacy in its multiple facets, the sharing of life as equal partners, mutual submission, and “us” above “I.”