Welcome to CBE’s Library

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After decades of struggling to accept “her place” followed by learning what the Bible truly says about how women can lead, Julie discovered it wasn’t too late to embrace God’s call for her to preach.

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Women’s ordination and inclusion as leaders within the early church can be seen clearly when we explore how women participated in Jesus’ ministry, with specific attention to Acts 9:1–2.

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Preacher Woman is an academic work, yet it is a must-read for anyone in church leadership who desires to empower women in leadership and is willing to take a critical look at their own church culture.

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By paying attention to the context and specific word usage of 1 Corinthians 14, it becomes clear that Paul was not asking anyone—tongues-speakers, prophets, or women—to be quiet permanently.

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CBE President Mimi Haddad shares highlights from CBE’s first-ever online conference. Speakers and attendees re-examined the foundations of Christian patriarchy theologically and socially through varied disciplines.

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When translators choose to use “whore” throughout Ezekiel 16, they let readers think it’s okay to use words with inescapably derogatory connotations. And the true focus of the passage—apostasy—gets lost.

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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 my opinion, this book is an important contribution, for Methodists and other Wesleyans to be sure, but for other Christians as well.

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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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In the second of several conversations sponsored by CBE and our 2021 Conference partners in the UK, Charles Read asked three conference speakers to consider how churches can better value women leaders. 

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