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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Summer 2020

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.

Cover of Mutuality Summer 2020 Volume 27 Issue 2

Summer 2020

Volume: 27 | Number: 2

Freedom to Flourish

This issue gathers theologians, humanitarians, pastors, and social justice advocates to explore connections between what we believe about women’s leadership and how that impacts the way we empower women around the world.


Everything Is Connected
By: Ellen Richard Vosburg | June 15, 2020
What we believe, our theology, is not separate, not something we can compartmentalize away from how Christians minister to the problems of our world.

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For the Survival of the Church: What Our Theology Has to Do with Persecution
By investigating gender-specific religious persecution, we’ve uncovered the complex and detrimental impact that gender stereotypes and inequalities have on the stability of Christian churches.

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A Timely Transformation: Tamar’s Quest for Justice in Genesis 38
By: Grace Al-Zoughbi | June 15, 2020
In this article, we will explore the story of Tamar from Genesis 38 as a transforming woman from the Old Testament. After her husband dies, Tamar appears to be a helpless woman, but she does not easily give up.

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Building Strong Ministry Teams: Women and Men Planting Churches Together
By: Jenn Williamson | June 15, 2020
We are all called to make disciples, and we need each other in that process. If are to reach the world, we will have to work together, focusing on God’s mission and celebrating the diversity of God’s kingdom.

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Was Love the Motive for Women’s Silence in 1 Corinthians 14:34–35? A Lawyer’s Study
By: Andrew Bartlett | June 15, 2020
Lawyers investigate human behavior like scientists investigate the natural world, looking for the explanation that best fits all the available data. What happens when we apply that approach to 1 Corinthians 14:34–35?

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Jesus Didn’t Die for Marriage: Why Churches Need to Address Domestic Violence
By: Mandy Marshall | June 15, 2020
Domestic abuse is prevalent among Christians and often perpetuated by the way churches respond to women who report, which is reinforced by common unbiblical teachings on divorce. Churches must do better.

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Pandita Ramabai’s Legacy: How Gender-Conscious Bible Translation Impacts Christian Ministry
By: Boaz Johnson | June 15, 2020
Ramabai’s quest for a solution for girls, widows, and low-caste women led her to explore the teachings of Jesus from the book of Luke, which she found in her husband’s library.

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Theology and Human Flourishing
By: Mimi Haddad | June 15, 2020
Known as the girl effect, researchers show that when communities esteem both males and females and invest in their potential equally, these communities are more likely to enjoy flourishing.

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