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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Spring 2000

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

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

Blog + Magazine Articles

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 Spring 2000

Spring 2000

Volume: 7 | Number: 1

Why Words Matter

Topics explored in this issue include, how the framing of questions impacts the gender debate, a reflection on the 1558 writings of Scottish theologian John Knox, and a look at the power of words.


Questions That Mislead the Gender Debate
By: Rebecca Merrill Groothuis | March 5, 2000
Is there a principle clearly taught and consistently applied in the Bible that states women are universally limited in their rights, opportunities, and authority (whether personal, cultural, or spiritual) solely on account of their sex, and, if so, what is the logical and theological explanation for this?

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A Triad of Egalitarian Short Stories
By: Verna Mae Kwiatkowski | March 5, 2000
Is a Woman Diminished by Marriage?  |  Should a Woman Hold Back to Elevate Her Husband?  |  The Importance of Gender Inclusive Language

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Our Egalitarian Story
By: Cathy and Phil Van Loon | March 5, 2000
As a couple, we have always valued equality, even if we haven’t always practiced it. It seemed to be not only an issue of basic fairness but also a practical way to share the joys and burdens of our life together. But implementing this ideal has been an incremental process.

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The Search for Biblical Equality in Church Life: A Korean Woman's Journey
By: Bokyoung Park | March 5, 2000
As I reached adulthood, I recognized that inherent in the structure of Korean society was gender discrimination. I also recognized that gender discrimination extended even into the Korean churches. When I felt called to attend seminary to train to be a full-time minister, my gender stood as an obstacle. 

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Teachers, Learners, Moms: A Retreat for the Whole Woman
By: Tricia Elisara | March 5, 2000
I got on the phone with a number of like-minded women, who are also moms and floated the idea of a “retreat for the whole woman.”

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Why I Disagree with Dobson and the SBC
By: Kim A. Pettit | March 5, 2000
The SBC Statement on the Family, and the controversy around this statement, have provided many opportunities for new conversations.

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The Monstrous Regiment of Women
By: Canon Nigel B. Mitchell | March 5, 2000
It has taken some 3000 years since the time of Deborah, and over 400 years since John Knox, but in the latter part of this century most of us have realized this truth. If God raises up women as leaders, in the military, in secular politics, or in the Church, who are we to take up the [...]

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The Power of Words
By: Mimi Haddad | March 5, 2000
We’re learning how to communicate biblical equality in plain English. In the next several issues of Mutuality we’ll take a look at the different methods of “diffusing” the truths of biblical equality to the broadest possible audience.

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How a Canadian PH.D. Student Became a Missionary to Denton, Texas
By: Sharon Browning | March 5, 2000
I first met Sheryl about 3 years ago. She is the co-pastor of Christ Community Church. My father, Richard New, is the “other” co-pastor. I asked Sheryl to tell her story because I think it is one of hope, joy, and perseverance.

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