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Are you passionate about biblical equality but not sure how to share the message with others? Do you long to see men and women leading together equally in the church and home but are not sure how you can make a difference? There are people, right where you live, longing for the good news of mutuality and you don’t have to be pastor, seminary professor, or theologian to bring them hope. This session shares principles and practical actions you can take to advance biblical equality through local CBE chapters and your circle of influence. Read more
The incidence of abuse is far more common than we believe. According to the CDC, half of all relationships involve lifelong emotional abuse. Recent studies point to much higher numbers. However, when a victim finds the courage to finally speak up, more often than not she is dismissed, not believed, given unhealthy ultimatums, criticized, or shunned. The response sustains the abuse and causes further harms. This second layer of abuse is what Annette Oltmans has termed Double Abuse®. Double Abuse® exacerbates trauma caused by original abuse and can lead a victim to develop complex trauma, or Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). In this breakout session, Annette takes a look at this complicated topic and provides tangible solutions. Listeners will walk away with a new perspective, equipped with tools to respond in healthy and helpful ways to prevent further harm and promote healing and restoration when a victim comes forward with their story of abuse. Read more
The #MeToo movement has revealed the wide-spread atrocities of sexual abuse within the larger culture. However, the #ChurchToo movement has exposed the church's culpability in this matter. More precisely, the theological malpractice of patriarchal authority without question has created an environment for sexual abuse to flourish behind a protective veil of personal and congregational misplaced conviction. Dr. R. Mitch Randall argues the church must accept responsibility for their part in creating the environment where sexual abuse thrived because the church's teaching of female subservience established male dominance in the culture. Therefore, if the church honestly seeks repentance of the culpability, then they must also turn to an egalitarian theological praxis. Read more
Faith-rooted organizing draws from the roots of our traditions to help faith communities engage larger movements for justice in our world. In this workshop, Lisa Sharon Harper equips listeners to engage the issues at play in their towns and cities by examining the response of Nehemiah to his colonized context. Read more
1 Timothy 2 is often taken for granted as “the” text that clearly bars women from holding positions of leadership in the church. The debate at large is too frequently reduced to the meaning of terms such as “authority” and “teaching,” as well as the grammatical relationship between them. Although these are an important part of the larger discussion, in this workshop Allison Quient proposes another angle. Using a theological interpretative approach, she provides evidence of a typological relationship between Eve and Christ and discusses some of the implications for our understanding of human power and identity. Read more
American women experience equality in a much different way than the women who are coming to us from other countries. This workshop compares the American woman's experience of equality to the experience of displaced women such as refugees, immigrants, and victims of trafficking, and shows how we can advocate for them even as we work toward our own equality. Read more
In this workship, Sarah Ago builds a foundation for anyone who is new to the idea of egalitarian marriage. She begins with God’s original design as described in Genesis 1 and 2 and how the fall in Genesis 3 changes the dynamic of how relationships are lived out. She then examines the redemption that the cross brings into the relationship between men and women, touching on some of the confusing passages in the New Testament. Finally, practical advice on decision-making is offered within the context of an egalitarian relationship. Read more
How can churches become more effective at hearing what our marginalized sisters are wanting to communicate to us? In this workship, Muted Group Theory (MGT) is presented as a tool for explaining and promoting communication between churches and marginalized women. First, after a brief overview of MGT and its tenets, Linda Lee Smith Barkman looks at how MGT informs gendered communication generally. Then MGT is specifically applied within the micro-differential power dynamics that further complicate communication. Read more
Eeva Sallinen Simard
Nearly 50% of the US workforce are women, working mainly in workplaces designed by and for men. Disadvantages in the workplace cut across secular and Christian organizations, disadvantaging women from enjoying meaningful work and motherhood, advancement in careers, and ultimately living out their God-given gifts and talents. Many of these disadvantages can be tracked down to deeply-held beliefs about women, work, and leadership, beliefs that Jesus sought to dissolve. This workshop explores the mutual prosperity of men and women in organizations when women succeed at work and gain a seat around the table. Read more
The crime of human trafficking is a human rights offense. Like trafficking in weapons or drugs, it is big business selling something that society has determined is harmful and should not be sold. This workshop explores pornography in the context of sex trafficking as a cycle of abuse driven by demand and fueled by greed. Sandra Morgan discusses how to redefine the frontline in a united battle for dignity and sacred spaces, and provides tools for all to do their part. Read more

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