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This recording examines the twelve pillars most often adduced as biblical support for male hierarchy in the church and in the home. It shows that statements in the Bible adduced for this do not, in fact, support male hierarchy. To the contrary, they rather provide evidence for the equal standing and authority of man and woman. It surveys the exegetical, theological, and practical foundations for the equal standing of men and women in the church and in marriage. It shows that the weight of the scriptural data should lead those with a high view of Scripture to welcome women in ministry and church leadership.
Hidden behind much patriarchal thinking is a pervasive patrilineal worldview. The belief that the family line is a male line and that males own and inherit the resources, has colored nearly all our cultures in the past and still accounts for much oppression and sidelining of women.
Richard Howell
Cultures of hierarchy maintain authority by claiming ontological distinction. The power and dominance inherent in hierarchy, which directly conflict with ontological equality, perpetuates abuse. This session will examine the abuse that results from hierarchical human relationships and the biblical response to dominance.
This recording surveys the exegetical, theological, and practical foundations for mutuality between men and women in Scripture. It also surveys and responds to the primary objections to biblical mutuality.  
Without power no one listens to you. Without serving few follow you. Servant leadership and power are necessary for influencing Christ like change, and yet both are often misunderstood and misused. Leadership and relationship failures, apathy, power struggles, injustice, and disgruntled and quarreling faith communities tell us we have much to learn. A fresh look at Jesus, and his presence and posture, will help us "see" how power and service really do go together and how that partnership can radically change our lives and communities.
Panelists address theological, sociological, and ministerial issues that either build or derail the church's loving union with Christ. A union evidenced by mutual submission to one another and through serving our world.
Richard Howell
Mutuality and reciprocity are implicit in the Trinity. The Trinitarian relationship provides the theological and spiritual groundwork for human interactions in which differences are not obstacles but assets.
The most prominent indicator of whether a female will be sold to a brothel, killed as a fetus, abused in her marriage or family, or denied a place of decision making in her community or church is determined not by her gender, but on the value we ascribe to gender. The single indicator for gender justice in a community begins with an idea that theologians call ontology, that is the value we ascribe to individuals at the level of being. This lecture explores the historical devaluation of females and how Christian faith and Scripture offer a decisive challenge to gender prejudice and injustice.
This recording examines the reality of women as leaders in the early church, with emphasis on the second letter of John as written to a female church leader.
Human relationships, as well as larger human communities, largely function on the basis of the exercise of power, by means of which persons are often limited, controlled, directed, excluded, used, and oppressed. We will look at various kinds of power which characterize ordinary human and specifically gender relationships. Against that background, this recording explores the way in which the Incarnation, and the life and teaching of Jesus, challenge human power relationships and empower a new kind of humanity where over-under power categories are transformed by the power of serving love.