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In this workshop, Shirley Mullen explores the extraordinary potential women bring to leadership contexts, both because of gender socialization and individual giftedness. Shirley also discusses how women can steward leadership to promote flourishing communitites and organizations. Read more
Many scholars have asserted that Artemis of the Ephesians was a fertility goddess—but the evidence for that view is several centuries after the apostle Paul. So who was Artemis Ephesia at the time of the earliest Christians, and what, if any, ramifications are there for how we understand 1 Timothy? Read more
Christians are not meant to be defenders of the status quo. At our best, Christians have always been holy troublemakers, creators of divine mischief, folks who refuse to accept the world as it is and insist on building the world God dreams of. Let's talk about what it means to see our faith as a way of life, God's holy counterculture in the world. Read more
Light shines bright when the darkness is thick. Christians are meant to give off the fragrance of Jesus in the world, like air fresheners. And women throughout history have been at the forefront of the holy resistance to violence and hatred and death. This is a time for love to shine! Read more
Many pastors have struggled to help their congregations respond wisely and compassionately in the era of #MeToo and #ChurchToo. A pastor-turned-activist for women's rights, Eugene Hung provides practical guidance and recommendations for church leaders seeking to help their faith communities address abuse. Read more
Havilah Dharamraj
Explorations of Genesis 2 intent on recovering God's ideal for the interrelationship between male and female often zoom in on the final episode—the creation of Eve. While this can be helpful, we are better able to appreciate how the entire narrative supports that ideal when we zoom out to engage the whole chapter. We can then trace this theme backward and forward across creation and the fall in Genesis 1-3. Read more
One of the greatest challenges in Kenya is the resurgence of negative aspects of African cultural practices that are oppressive to women. Practices like female genital mutilation, widow inheritance, bride-wealth, and polygamy were marks of identity and therefore important in society. The coming of Christian faith led to challenging most of these practices but not uprooting them. Most of the negative aspects of these practices are resurging because the Christian world-view has not taken root and Christian identity is not well defined. There is a need for interaction between the Bible and the African culture, to develop a world view informed by Scripture. Read more
Why are Christians who seek racial justice not standing with Christians seeking equality for women? Why do gender equity Christians often find themselves working in largely white circles? Why are progressive Christians locked in near perpetual disharmony with conservative believers? The hard news is that becoming Christian does not make us immune to bias and the tendency toward what for over two decades Ruben Rivera has called "the cultural captivity of Christ." This helps explain the explosion of “Christianities” in the world and expressions that have justified racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression. This seminar introduces participants to the surprising ways that even socially conscious Christians can be hindered by unconscious cultural captivity and ingroup influences, and contrasts this with what Rivera calls "remarkable Christianity." Read more
Raising kids in the church culture can be hard. Sometimes, the roles assigned to mom and dad are too rigid and narrow. This workshop explores how parenting to one’s strengths and growing one’s weaknesses can contribute to growing kids. Read more
In this workshop Dr. Jeanne Porter King outlines the benefits of having women in key areas of leadership in and out of the church. Dr. Porter King provides a model of inclusive leadership and strategies that helps equip women to be advocates for themselves and each other, and tools for men to be advocates for women. Read more

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