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We are all shaped by our backgrounds, whether that means we conform to, adjust, or rebel against them. My wife Dianne and I come from very different backgrounds when it comes to the Bible and gender equality. Dianne’s family had a Methodist background for whom women in ministry was never an issue. Coming to faith herself through Billy Graham, she found a home in a committed evangelical Baptist church where women took a natural and unquestioned place in the leadership of the church. I grew up among the Open Brethren, who had clear views on the silence and subordination of women and the importance of male eldership. I never heard a woman preach or even contribute to a discussion. I knew they spoke at women’s meetings, but not if men were present. On one occasion the male chauf... Read more
Voices have been rising over the last decade to release women and girls from ungodly oppression on a global scale. The Nike and Novo mega-foundations have partnered to create The Girl Effect film and subsequent movement, which promotes that the world can best combat intractable social problems by nurturing the potential of adolescent girls in the developing world. Celebrities and world leaders are leveraging their positions to press for the equal treatment of women and girls.  While we need more of these high level initiatives, we also need to demonstrate change by planting freedom and empowerment in seemingly insignificant plots. I see it all the time—change spreads broadly and quickly when a girl, a family, or a community begins to see the benefits of releasing an... Read more
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Then [Jesus] rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sad down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’” –Luke 4:18-21 Jesus began his ministry by reading this passage from Isaiah and continued his ministry as told throughout the gospels doing just as Isaiah describes. Releasing the oppressed and proclaiming freedom to the prisoners is central to the gospel. While it’s impossible to... Read more
I knew that my decision to attend seminary would present me, a 22 year old woman, with a unique set of challenges. I went into my graduate program understanding that I’d often be one of only a handful of women, if not the only woman, in my classes. I knew I wouldn’t necessarily see eye to eye with professors on issues of gender theology, and that occasionally I’d feel overlooked or marginalized. However, I was also aware of the quality of the education I would be receiving at my institution of choice, and considered it worth the occasional moment of feeling like I didn’t belong. Because I’m an adult now, or at least impersonating one, with a job and a life outside of school, I hadn’t really thought of my seminary experience as one in which I’d b... Read more
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Several years ago I was at a military graduation. It was impressive how these young men and women wholeheartedly committed themselves to serving our country. The honor demonstrated in the ceremony was truly inspiring and I was challenged that day to review my own definition of honor. It is a journey I am still traveling. Honor shows respect. I must admit that I see few examples of honor. We live in a society that reminds me of Judges 17:6, which says, “….All the people did what was right in their own eyes.” The worldview in the 21st century is often determined by social media sites which are inundated with extremely offensive material that promotes (even celebrates) dishonoring women. Pop culture is the most disturbing. Young women are parading around half dress... Read more
This post originally appeared on The Junia Project on September 23, 2013: juniaproject.com/i-am-a-woman. I am a woman   I am not a sex object I am not an afterthought I am not a toy I am a woman I am strong I am intelligent I am more than capable I am a woman I bear the image of the Creator I reflect His strength, His dignity, and His compassion When the Bible teaches “with God all things are possible,” it applies to me I am a woman You can tell me that I am not valuable, beautiful, or ideal You can say that I will not or should not succeed You can tell me what characteristics I should or should not possess But my worth is not found in what you think of me I am a woman The world tells me what I should look like, how I shoul... Read more
When I relocated to Durban from my native Cape Town in South Africa, I started attending a charismatic church after some months in the city. I visited other groups and churches and tried to broaden my Christian fellowship network outside of my own community of faith. In doing this, something dawned upon me. Women were being ordained as part of the eldership, they were being acknowledged as prophets, teachers and evangelists, deaconesses and elders. But I have discerned many women who have callings as pastors (church leaders/shepherds) and apostles, yet I have never seen a male church leader identify and ordain gifted women as such. So, in essence, male headship in the church is still subliminally taught, and even reinforced by women who themselves have been given the opportunity to prea... Read more
Kate Wallace is a co-founder of the Junia Project (juniaproject.com), an adjunct professor in political science, a fellow at the Humanitarian Intervention Centre, and Coordinator of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium’s anti-trafficking network. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University. This post originally appeared on The Junia Project on October 4, 2013: juniaproject.com/feminist-and-egalitarian-not-the-same. Sanctuary Harassment The results of patriarchy are seen outside the Church and they are seen inside of it. It looks different in both places of course, but it is still there.  Some Christians have wrapped patriarchy up in a pretty little package and labeled it “... Read more
Kate Wallace is a co-founder of the Junia Project (juniaproject.com), an adjunct professor in political science, a fellow at the Humanitarian Intervention Center, and Coordinator of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium’s anti-trafficking network. She holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University. This post originally appeared on The Junia Project on October 4, 2013: juniaproject.com/feminist-and-egalitarian-not-the-same. Feminism vs Egalitarianism I am both a feminist and a biblical egalitarian.  These two are not the same. In fact, I believe that they are very different.  I also believe that they are both needed. Feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the groun... Read more
Jasmine Obeyesekere Fernando hails from Colombo, Sri Lanka where she worked for 6 years on the national staff team of the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS), a national evangelical organization working within the universities of Sri Lanka. She has a B.A.  in English from the University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka and a M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University. Jasmine is currently a volunteer for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, helping to plant a graduate and faculty chapter at the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany, and also serves on the board of FOCUS, Sri Lanka.  She is married to her husband Guy and has two children, Jayathri and Yannik. Much of the economy of Sri Lanka runs on the hard work of low wage earning women. These w... Read more

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