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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Winter 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.

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Winter 2020

Volume: 27 | Number: 4

Pictures of Equality in Midlife

This issue of Mutuality tries to tackle how our egalitarianism speaks to the challenges and context of midlife and beyond.


What Does Equality Have to Do with Aging?
By: Ellen Richard Vosburg | December 7, 2020
There is no magical age at which a woman’s maturity and experience cancels out the discrimination she experiences based on her gender, so we need to talk about gender equality past the experiences of our youths.

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Biological Clocks and the Hope of Eternal Life
By: Hannah Rasmussen | December 7, 2020
Single or married, baby-less or breastfeeding, men or women, we have a chance to be part of something that will last forever—the church.

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In Sickness, Never Health: A Mutual Marriage
By: Keren Dibbens-Wyatt | December 7, 2020
Certainty that your loved one will treat you as an equal ought to be a given, but we all know that not every church teaches the importance or even legitimacy of egalitarian marriage. How could I be assured that this was as important to the man proposing as it was to me? 

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A Rose
By: R. R. Wyatt | December 7, 2020
An Evangelical Press Association award winning poem:  God gave me a rose, A delicate thing and beautiful, Trembling in the breath of God, Tearful in the showered rain.

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She Leads with Confidence: Profile of a Pastor at Midlife
By: Sarah Lindsay | December 7, 2020
As a woman who has come more fully into her leadership gifts as she’s aged, her story offers both inspiration to other leaders and a challenge to the church to fully incorporate the gifts of women at all ages.

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Friends (and Equals) Forever
By: Nils Swanson | December 7, 2020
Friends are equals, and to lay down my life for my wife I also need to see her as my friend, as my equal, including in our circumstances today.

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Book Review: Seven Transforming Gifts of Menopause: An Unexpected Spiritual Journey
By: Patty Craft | December 7, 2020
Cheryl Bridges Johns shines a new light on the dramatic transformation that takes place during perimenopause and menopause. She invites us to see menopause as more than a time of biological change by examining the psychological and spiritual aspects.

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Book Review: Marriage in the Middle: Embracing Midlife Surprises, Challenges, and Joys
By: Margaret English de Alminana | December 7, 2020
Marriage in the Middle is a collection of life vignettes and personal experiences that will resonate with every married couple. Greco encourages couples to face midlife with imagination and hope and offers transparency, intimacy, and insight for the journey.  

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Crossing Age and Gender Barriers
By: Mimi Haddad | December 7, 2020
We have many reasons to work beside women sharpened by the Holy Spirit through years of faithful service. Yet sexism and ageism—demons that travel together—continue to rob the church of God’s richest resources.

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