Welcome to CBE’s Library

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A veil, invisible | Though deeply felt | Has been wrapped around me, Covering me, Restricting me,
 

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As we celebrate the strong and faithful examples of many women in the Bible, we also recognize that their stories have too often been left untold. 

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God of Hagar, Tamar, and Mary Magdalene
Of Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel
 
 
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God of Hagar, Tamar, and Mary Magdalene
Of Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel

God of Ruth, Esther, and Rahab
Of the Woman at the Well and the Woman They Would Have Stoned

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We need to pay attention to how we speak about female biblical characters. Are we affirming their personhood? Or are we communicating that they are extensions or property of men?

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Of all the literature produced by the early Syrian church, the most prized was composed by Ephrem the Syrian, often called "The Harp of the Holy Spirit". One of his hymns memorialises the faith of the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well and sent forth as a missionary (see John 4)

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The glow of the moon leaves cold circles of light on the rooftop of the Pharisee’s home. He has waited for the darkest part of the night to meet with his guest. He often goes to great lengths to avoid the prying eyes of self-righteous neighbors. Eagerly, he converses with the visiting Teacher.

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A poem by Kristen Caldwell.

No one Ever Told me in Seminary

Women oversaw ecclesial jurisdictions

In England, Poland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Austria and Spain

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A poem of lament for women in the church.
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Some of us come from traditions where you don’t ask questions of the text. If you ask questions, that means you are questioning God, and that’s not allowed. I want to expose you to the two typical ways this passage has been understood.

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