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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
As we pursue the goal of a thriving church where women and men serve on equal footing, it will be crucial for men to advocate for women as allies. If only this were easy to do! Using a fresh research model, this seminar will outline key steps that men can take in order to become champions for women in their contexts, with the goal of developing more men into more effective advocates. This seminar is open to both women and men. Read more
Does your inner critic tell you that you are not good enough or smart enough to succeed?  If so, you might feel anything but "Created to Thrive". This presentation explores the purpose of the inner critic, where it originates, and how to overcome its power in your life and ministry Read more
For reasons ranging from the improper interpretation of Scripture to societal sterotypes and lack of opportunity for girls, there is no mutuality between men and women even among Christians in Kenya. In this session, Emily Onyango discusses the work of the African Church For Biblical Equality (ACFBE) towards achieving mutuality of men and women in the church and society as a mark of Christian identity. ACFBE does advocacy work through social and political awareness efforts and training. Read more
In an era of #MeToo, #ChurchToo, and separation of black and brown mothers from their children by mass detention and mass incaraceration, what is the very good news for women? What transformative work might God have yet to do for and through our silenced voices and traded bodies? Lisa Sharon Harper takes us back to the beginning with deep exploration of Genesis 1-3 and considers its profound implications on the lives and calling of women right now. Read more
Please know that each issue of Priscilla Papers is a team effort (and the same is true, of course, of CBE International’s magazine, Mutuality). For example, Theresa Garbe (associate editor/graphic designer), Katie McEachern (executive assistant), and Mimi Haddad (publisher and CBE president) have each had input into the issue you are currently reading. In addition, our team of peer reviewers consists of six women and five men. To be sure, women influence every item we publish. Read more
Meredith Fraser
Among the first women to emerge as a Holiness preacher was Maria (pronounced Mar-EYE-ah) Woodworth Etter, then known as the Trance Evangelist, but now known as the Mother of the Pentecostal movement. Woodworth Etter (1844–1924) lived and preached in an era when women were required to be silent in church, and to submit to their husbands’ authority, both at home and in the broader social spectrum. Read more
The very title, “The Adulterous Woman,” assumes that this story focuses on a woman and her sin. In contrast, this article argues that the focus is on a group of sinful, male, religious leaders who use their privilege to try to kill a woman to solidify their power. In the process, a woman caught committing adultery becomes the pawn used to bait the trap for Jesus. Read more

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