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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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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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The ESV translation of Ephesians 4:13 only creates confusion in a complementarian setting. It causes some women to question whether they can become mature Christians to the extent that men can. And that’s not okay.

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We stand united in Christ to proclaim women’s dignity and purpose through accurate Bible translations, remembering that dehumanizing ideas about people lead to dehumanizing actions.

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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 Ruth can offer us a way forward into God’s redemptive loving-kindness.

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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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Lament can offer us a way to enter into and face the painful histories of racism and sexism.

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