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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Spring 2003

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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Spring 2003

Volume: 10 | Number: 1

Reaching Across the Racial Divide

Most Christians would assert that people are equal regardless of race, and few would openly discriminate against people of color. Yet this spoken equity and unity isn’t always visible on Sunday mornings.

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Editor's Note: United in Word, But Segregated on Sunday
By: Joanne Nystrom Janssen | March 5, 2003
The church’s attitude toward race is hard to nail down. Most Christians would assert that people are equal regardless of race, and few would openly discriminate against people of color. Yet this spoken equity and unity isn’t always visible on Sunday mornings: Our churches are often painfully homogenous.

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Red and Yellow, Black and White: Racial Inequality in the American Church
By: Julia Bloom | March 5, 2003
To be white and middle class in America is to be a participant in a privileged power structure. Often unknowingly, we lay poverty and discrimination at the door of communities of color. The challenge to white middle-class people who follow Jesus is to begin to notice the cries of pain from these communities.

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Biblical Reconciliation 101
By: Victoria Peterson-Hilleque | March 5, 2003
Quick Bible quiz: Name one African person in the Bible. Did you mention Hagar, Simon of Cyrene or Apollos of Alexandria? What about the Ethiopian eunuch, or Queen Candace? If none of these characters came to mind, perhaps it’s due to a lack of understanding of the cultural and ethnic forces at [...]

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Living into the Hard Choices
By: Dee Dee Risher | March 5, 2003
I’ve been drawn to a powerful but obscure story nestled in the Hebrew Bible. I’ve come to see the story as a metaphor for the struggle we all face in seeking to incarnate God’s way of justice and peace in our unique situations. In 2 Kings 4:8–37, we find the tale of an [...]

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CBE Celebrates 15th Anniversary
By: Joanne Nystrom Janssen | March 5, 2003
Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) has come a long way in 15 years, according to Susan McCoubrie. As CBE’s first membership coordinator, she remembers when the organization’s membership information was organized in a recipe box on a TV tray.

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Growing a Multicultural Organization
By: Mimi Haddad | March 5, 2003
The student council at the seminary I attended called a special meeting to decide one matter: Should supporters of biblical equality have access to student funds to host forums on gender equality, when only a portion of the student body supports this position? In fact, should gender egalitarians be represented on student council at all?& [...]

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What Science Says About Superiority: Shattering the Myth of Race
By: Kriss Erickson | March 5, 2003
Shattering the Myth of Race by Dave Unander is a thoughtful discussion of the conflict of race and ethnicity against the backdrop of the history of Western Europe and the United States.

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