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Scholar Veronica Mary Rolf introduces modern readers to Julian of Norwich by exploring her historical context, illuminating Julian's revelations and writings, and offering connections to a reader's life and experience.

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In the search for a more inclusive understanding of God, the feminine “Sophia” has for many persons become a bridge between traditional Christianity and feminist concerns. So we ask: Who is Sophia, and where did she come from? Is she the long-awaited answer to this search?

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You're probably surrounded by women who are making history in one way or another, and you might not know it, because of course, they won't talk about it. They're too busy loving their neighbors. I'm fairly sure that most of these women are content to be forgotten by history, so long as God is remembered.

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May we all be inspired by Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, a woman who not only makes history, but does so with boldness and courage, unapologetically and matter-of-factly confronting sexism and racism on the national stage, to powerful leaders, and in some of the world’s most traditional, white and male-dominated halls of power.

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Why does history matter? And in the context of Women’s History Month in particular, why does women’s history matter?

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There were some spaces in the medieval Western church where women were free to write theology and have spiritual influence. Yes, patriarchy and misogyny barred women from the priesthood and the great universities that produced scholastic theology. But many women became well-known, admired, and influential in monastic life and through mystic theology.

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Last week, we wrote about the life and work of Jo Anne Lyon, the first female general superintendent of the Wesleyan Church. This week’s article will focus on Rev. Emily Awino Onyango, an Anglican priest ordained in her native Kenya.

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Last week, we told the inspiring story of Shannon Lucid, a woman who persevered against the prevailing biases of her day in order to become part of the first class of NASA astronauts that included women. This week, we will focus on the life and achievements of Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, the first female general superintendent of the Wesleyan Church.

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In studying the Old Testament, we uncover the unmistakable narratives of women who took leadership and teaching roles among God’s people. Deborah, Miriam, and Huldah stand out as impressive examples of these OT women leaders. Similarly in the earliest days of the Christian church, women were teaching and proclaiming Christian doctrine to men. Anna, Priscilla, and Mary were listed as outstanding among the apostles (Junia). Women even prophesied before the congregation of God’s people (the daughters of Phillip).

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Women pastors are not a new phenomenon, but many Christians aren't aware of the long history of women pastors in the church. 

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