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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Spring 2011

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

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The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

Beauty

Spring 2011

Volume: 18 | Number: 1

The Beauty Issue

Authors in this Mutuality discuss how the cultural tendency to confuse the intent of our hearts with outer beauty is debilitating to Christian women.

Contents

The Recognizable Body of Christ
By: Megan Greulich | March 5, 2011
This issue of Mutuality begins (and continues) many good conversations, as our authors explore beauty, gender, and faith from various perspectives.

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Leaving Beauty Behind
By: Bethany Nelson | March 5, 2011
You’re not pretty enough. I’ve heard that voice in my head ever since I was a little girl. It didn’t matter if I got straight A’s, if my poem won a contest in school, if I succeeded in a spelling bee. As I grew older, the voice became more shrill [...]

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A Crown of Thorns: Why I'm Exchanging Princess-ship for Discipleship
By: Laura Robinson | March 5, 2011
All of a sudden, it seemed that paper crowns were everywhere in the Christian community, distributed to women with a discussion about how we are all princesses. It was a candy-coated, conviction-free reminder I got every time I walked into a women’s discipleship group, youth ministry, or Christian bookstore—you are a princess because [...]

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My Body, Given to You: A Journey Through Anorexia
By: Heather Scheiwe Kulp | March 5, 2011
In recovering from anorexia, I had to relearn how to read Scripture, not as separate, disjointed messages colored by the voices of male “authority” around me, but as a whole, creative, redemptive narrative of God’s journey of trust with God’s people.

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A Letter to My Baby Girl
By: MaryAnn Nguyen-Kwok | March 5, 2011
Before you were born, your father and I chose not to learn your gender. We knew we'd love you and raise you with the same values and opportunities—boy or girl. When the doctor announced that you were a girl, we were overjoyed.

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Ten Fun Ways Youth Groups Can Begin to Think About Beauty and Body Image...Biblically
By: Margot Starbuck | March 5, 2011
Today women and girls are bombarded with messages meant to persuade us that we’re not really acceptable the way we are. And even though we’ve been told, at church, that “God thinks you’re beautiful,” we’re not feeling the love. Because it’s much easier to believe what we receive from the [...]

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Remembering Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger
By: CBE International | March 5, 2011
To our great surprise and sorrow, our first president, beloved leader, and founder of CBE, Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger, contracted pneumonia and died suddenly on Monday, February 14, 2011. Please join us as we celebrate this great woman of faith.

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From the Malls of America to the Destitute of the World
By: Mimi Haddad | March 5, 2011
Do you find yourself reluctant to attend women’s retreats, Bible studies, or conferences because too often they focus on fashion, dieting, women’s emotions, and new forms of abdominal exercises? Are you confused by Christian blogs for women where, again, the discussions center on fashion and appearance? How many times have you perused Christian [...]

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Margot Starbuck's Unsqueezed: Springing Free from Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights, and Stilettos
By: Megan Greulich | March 5, 2011
The great benefit to Starbuck's book is in its ability to pose deep questions in a friendly way, thereby encouraging Christian women of many ages, cultures, and points of view to dialogue. In a culture that bombards women with destructive ideas about their worth and identity, and in a church that has not adequately addressed [...]

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