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The most important indicator of whether a female will be sold to a brother, killed as a fetus, abused in her marriage or family, or denied a place of shared decision making in her community or marriage, is not determined by gender, but on the value we place on females. This lecture explores how our reading of Scripture on gender creates a worldview with enormous consequences for females, especially in patriarchal cultures.
Does the idea that men are given leadership over the home or church really mean that men are better? In the ancient world, there was simple answer to this question: Yes. The rule of men, “patriarchy,” was developed in a world where men were seen as superior in those things required for good leadership: gifting, competence, rationality, vision, and strength. We will see how this idea permeated the Roman world—even the Jewish world that the New Testament writers inhabited. The ancient context sheds light on numerous New Testament passages, and also reinforces the importance of looking to our equality in Christ and the gifting of the Spirit as the standards for determining someone’s fitness to lead in the church.      
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Children around the world are at risk from various forms of life-threatening situations. They face many adversities in diverse contexts including wars, famine and disease. However, there is one threat to child well-being that remains constant in all global contexts: the presence of gender-based violence.
1 Timothy 2:8-15 is the primary verse that has been used to exclude women from teaching and leadership in the church. However, a careful examination of the passage in its context shows that it is most likely addressing false teaching and myths about marriage and childbirth that were spreading from house to house. As in 1 Corinthians 11:34, Paul wants women to be taught at home, as he corrects behavior and content, and answers a central concern of all women historically: How do we deal with maternal mortality?
This session will explore differences in the way we communicate with male and female children and how these differences influence the way males and females learn to communicate with the opposite sex. We will examine the resulting difficulty men and women often experience in understanding each other and discuss ways we can avoid these destructive patterns. Based on empirical research, this session emphasizes that communication differences are a result of socialization, not to the oft cited idea that males and females originate on different planets or that we are different in our very essence.      
How do we engage men to “come along side” the gains made by women in our society, to become allies for change rather than opponents of change? Can we envision a common voice that includes men and women working together for a common goal of mutual well-being? Also, how do we create a safe and inviting environment to “come along side” men when the changes expected trigger insecurity and confusion? How does the Christian community ensure that men’s stories and experiences are given voice, and that a new paradigm of masculinity is given adequate attention and promotion to give men more clarity and hope?  

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