This is an SOS call. We are in a state of emergency. And I am desperately crying out to my white sisters for help. I am writing on behalf of every Black mother, sister, grandma, aunt, cousin, wife. I am crying out for the sake of our future. I am crying out for the sake of justice. I am crying out for the sake of the body of Christ for help. Help! Our babies are dying.
Being a single adult during a global pandemic has been a very lonely experience. But in some ways, it has offered me an incredible gift—although it’s not the gift that most people assume. I have noticed some married folks, especially those with young kids at home right now during our stay-at-home orders, looking longingly to the single life, wishing for what they perceive to be a life of freedom and independence and oceans of spare time.
Last night, the nearly unending sound of sirens, aircraft, and broken glass engulfed Minneapolis and St. Paul. Power was shut off as buildings burned through the night. Two days running, communities are crying for justice! Where do we gather, in a world of COVID-19, to comfort our neighbors, support our colleagues, and right these systems of oppression? A broken humanity cries and searches for help.
There is no doubt that the current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine presents extraordinary challenges to every household. Some of us are out of work. Some are working from home, perhaps while homeschooling children or while childcare is closed. Household responsibilities are piling up, and there may be sick or aging family members to look after. Some of us may be essential workers, still in the workplace and worrying about the impact this might have on our health and our families.
The early chapters of Genesis raise questions for many readers about God’s intent for gender roles. Diverging perspectives have developed that generate controversy, especially related to what we believe and practice regarding male dominion.
Oral tradition, in the context of the Bible’s development, refers to the early storytelling, teaching, proclamation, singing, and similar activities that carried along the history and stories, songs and prayers that eventually comprised certain parts of the written Bible. Oral tradition is important for an egalitarian understanding of the Bible—its origins, development, nature, and relevance—because women were key players in this oral stage of the Bible’s development.
In 1373, Julian of Norwich was extremely sick, and when she thought she was going to die, a priest brought an image of Christ on the cross close to her bedside. Looking at Christ dying on the cross, she had a vision in which she saw drops of blood flowing from his crown. These drops of blood reminded Julian that God’s love for us is as endless as the blood that flowed from Jesus’s body when he died. Even after Julian’s illness passed, this vision of Christ’s blood remained with her.
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“You are not allowed to teach any man. Scripture forbids it.”
“Women are invited to use any gift they have been given for the good of the body of Christ.”
“You are too emotional to be a trustworthy leader.”
“Leadership should reflect the diversity of their flock, in gender and race.”
“You aren’t strong enough for the rigors of leadership.”
“Collaboration is a healthy model for leadership that also happens to be feminine.”
There is an old story about Mary Magdalene that was first written down in the thirteenth century. The tale goes that after the resurrection of Christ, she traveled to France, where she lived in a cave near Marseille for thirty years, neither eating nor drinking, in penance for a life of prostitution. In later years, magdalen became synonymous with a reformed prostitute or promiscuous woman. In the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, “magdalen asylums” housed fallen women in Ireland, sometimes institutionalized with their illegitimate children.