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Women and the Church in China

By: Alvera Mickelsen | January 30, 1987

The church in China is different from that anywhere else in the world. But then, China itself is also quite different from other countries. China, more perhaps than in any other place and time since of beginning of USA, is a nation trying to forge its destiny in new ways that are not really copied [...]

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Peering under Our Collective Burqa

By: Emily Nielsen Jones | May 7, 2014

Regardless of one's religious affiliation, it can be a useful exercise to reflect on the combined influence of religion on the collective status of girls and women in our world. While each tradition is unique, many spring from the same patriarchal soil of the ancient world and bear some similar dynamics and contradictions as they [...]

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The Hunger Games and the Gender Debate

By: Gail Wallace | May 3, 2014

I am a big fan of The Hunger Games series, and devoured each book in a matter of days after release. Recently I saw Catching Fire, the movie based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. There are many powerful moments in the film, but I thought one scene in particular had implications for [...]

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Christian Faith in Pink and Blue

By: Mimi Haddad | March 5, 2008

Missionaries often speak of the invisibility of culture. By that they mean that most of us are not conscious of our own cultural idiosyncrasies. What is more, we are tempted to insist others adapt to our culture, because we view ours as normal and good! 

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President's Message: Leading Change Through Healthy Friendships

By: Mimi Haddad | June 5, 2008

One historian suggests that “space and race” are the two most prominent features that characterize America. We are a diverse people with lots of room to move. And, we possess the freedom to move through our vastness largely as we choose.  

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Modeling Gender Equality in Children’s Stories

By: Naomi Krueger | April 16, 2014

I recently watched a TED Talk by Colin Stokes called “How movies teach manhood.” The ideas expressed in this talk struck a chord in me and got me thinking about the role models—and the villains—we present to children. Far too often the villains are women—wicked witches, evil sorceresses, evil queens, and evil [...]

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A Strategic Time and Place

By: Karen L. H. Shaw | September 5, 2013

Biblical equality reflects God’s concern for all people, and the church’s stance toward biblical equality will impact the MENA region for generations to come.

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Instinctively Egalitarian: Signs of Encouragement from Australia

By: Denise Cooper-Clarke | September 5, 2013

Whether in Darwin, Sydney, or Melbourne, there is work to be done when it comes to fully incorporating the gifts of women into the body of Christ. Life is not “as good as it gets” for women, but there are clear signs of hope.

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Truth Discovered

By: Domnic Misolo | September 5, 2013

The church is one of the strongest social institutions in Kenya and in many parts of Africa. In the past, this has meant that it has been able to harm women by teaching patriarchy. But today, this means the church has great potential to change people’s attitudes on gender and shape cultural values to [...]

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Star Wars and Biblical Equality

February 28, 2014

Although Star Wars is not a story intentionally made to be a Christian allegory, many themes do demonstrate Christ-like morals, actions, ideas, and principles. For all of you Star Wars fans, and even those who know little about these popular movies and books, you will find the resounding truth in Star Wars to be very [...]

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