Mutuality | Blog + Magazine

The print+digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

Woman with a rainbow behind her standing in desert terrain leaning back with her eyes closed.
The Unnamed Heroes of the Faith

The same year my husband was in the process of enlisting in the military, I was studying the Bible with a group of women on Wednesday evenings.

Woman on a motorcycle going down the highway
Sister, You Can Be Anything God Desires You to Be

“When you grow up, you can be anything you want to be; anything God desires you to be, no matter who you are,” the director of ministries said. 

Close up of a father kissing his son on the cheek as he is holding him.
Let’s Stop Talking about Masculinity and Start Talking about Discipleship

The Christian masculinity movement isn’t helping men or women. It’s damaging young men, and their relationships with others, and it’s distracting us from what should be our true focus—discipleship and imitating Christ.

The back of an older couple sitting on a bench that overlooks mountains.
When a Marriage Doesn’t Have a Happily-Ever-After Ending

As we approached our 45th wedding anniversary, my husband was no longer the kind, sweet man I met in college many years before.

Composite of four of the books on this list.
CBE International’s Favorite Books of 2019

This list comprises some CBE staff favorites and picks from our bookstore that we wanted to highlight. Add these books to your 2020 reading list, and you’ll be off to an empowered and inspired year.

Various women that have spoke this year.
God’s Resurrection Power: A Review of 2019 at CBE International

God’s risen presence led CBE’s community throughout this year and awakened new empathy and resolve in us to balance power between men and women. I hope the stories I share inspire your faith as they have mine.

Mosaic of Mary and Gabriel.
Behaving Like Mary: Reexamining Mary’s Encounter with Gabriel

I recently saw a meme of the Virgin Mary with the words “well-behaved women make history” on it. The meme was a pushback on the pithy saying, “well-behaved women rarely make history.” 

Painting of Mary dancing at the wedding in Cana.
Mary

We have put you on a pedestal,
scattered petals at your marble feet.
Entombed now in stone,
once their warm flesh danced in Cana

Worn statue of Mary with dead Jesus on her lap.
Their Broken Bodies: Mary and Jesus

In churches where men are welcomed as priests and leaders simply because they share the male body of Jesus and the twelve male disciples, we too easily assume that women’s bodies represent, by contrast, an inferiority. 

Pink background with a monochromatic statue of Mary.
Mary the Brave: Neither Meek nor Superhuman

One Sunday, about a year ago, I was visiting a new church. It was December, and the pastor was preaching about Mary. I was surprised by how well he positioned Mary as an equal to the congregation—neither meek nor superhuman.