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Enter CBE’s Writing Contest! We’re passionate about giving everyone in our community an opportunity to use their gifts to dismantle theological patriarchy in the home, church, and world.

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Get ready to submit a piece for CBE’s fifth annual writing contest! Women and men of all cultures, races, and classes are invited to share their stories and insights about biblical gender equality, egalitarian theology, and Christian feminism.

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“Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” –JK Rowling

I can think of few quotes more relevant to men who believe in gender equality.

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Recently, in the small bowling alley where Shelby works, three immigrant women and eight children came to the counter to pay for their games. After Shelby realized that none of the women could speak English, one of them tried to apologize, saying, “Normally my husband…”  Shelby asked if her husband usually did the talking. She nodded and kept her eyes glued to the floor.

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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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It is undeniable that women are negatively impacted by patriarchy. I can go round after round on how patriarchy teaches women that they are peripheral and secondary in the grand story of God’s relationship with humanity. I can argue for days that gender roles and sexism limit and oppress women. I can write about femicide and gender-based violence, rape culture, female identity, female giftedness, mutuality in relationships, and the consequences of purity/modesty culture on women.

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In stumbling after Jesus, the church has sometimes faltered. Sometimes, we’ve been the ones holding women’s bruised and bleeding hearts in our fists. And sometimes, for all our good gospel intentions, we’ve done the wounding. 

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As more and more women share that they feel invisible and unwanted at church, it’s clear we need to take clear steps to make women feel seen, invited, and empowered to use their gifts. Here are three ways we exclude women and what we can do about it.

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We asked our supporters what concrete measures churches can take to combat abuse in Christian communities and strengthen their internal response to abuse. Some of you weighed in with some great ideas and examples, which we’ve compiled below.

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In my last article, "4 Sexist Myths That The Church Should Reject," I did my best to dismantle four sexist myths that have caused significant pain and division in the church. I wasn’t going to add to my list, but after many of you responded with sexist cultural myths of your own, I could see that another list was in the works—with me or without me. So, here goes, people.

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