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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
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

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