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Hierarchical marriage roles often give husbands an inflated sense of power and importance, but also leave them overwhelmed and exhausted. Husbands end up carrying a burden God intends husbands and wives to share.

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Despite verbal affirmation of women in ministry, women are often delegated to “safe” ministry with children rather than ministry that also works closely alongside men. This is not what God wants.

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Consistently focusing on women’s stories in the Bible helps break through its patriarchal cultural context to see women as God does. From Eve to Bathsheba to women today, all women have a role in the story of God. 

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In the latest conversation sponsored by CBE and our 2021 Conference partners, Amanda Jackson asked three keynote speakers to consider the impact of patriarchy in Irish churches and the barriers that women face as a result. 

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One woman’s experience of being trained as a priest in the Church of England opened her eyes to a startling reality. A woman who dares to speak from a position of authority in the church is still a threat to too many.

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The barriers that prevent women from becoming pastors are innumerable. From even imagining it's possible to finding support—financial and spiritual—the world seems to stand against us in following this call with all its fury.

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As the one shepherding my congregation through worship, I want to make sure the songs we sing express the fullness of the Christian experience, including the female Christian experience. Who is writing the contemporary songs we sing? What backgrounds do they come from and, specifically, how many women are penning the church’s anthems? Not many. 

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As we follow Jesus, let us also expose and challenge the logic of patriarchy. May we lament the church’s complicity with dominance, and may we pursue authentic peace, humbly and persistently as Christ did.

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The story of one historical woman can offer a glimpse of how Christian expectations on women varied based on their race.

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The spiritual practice of lament can offer us the path to full liberation from interlocking oppressions.

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