As many know yesterday was International Women’s Day. It coincided nicely with preparation for a small group I am a part of which will be discussing the role of women in the church in the coming weeks. I debated back and forth on what form this post would take and decided, in the end, to recommend a few resources for further reading rather than trying to summarize arguments that others have made much better than I could. Arguments and revelations from amazing women in the church.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. This is an excellent read. Don’t let the title fool you–it’s not as crazy as it sounds. And it’s written with a great deal of self-deprecating humour which is a mark of Rachel Held Evans. It explores in a wonderful way the historical and cultural context of ancient Biblical practices and teachings, and raises a lot of questions as to the applicability of some Scriptural interpretations to the modern day.
Jesus, Feminist by Sarah Bessey. We know a lot of things about Jesus, but it takes some guts to call him a feminist. And yet Sarah Bessey does just that, in a wonderful way, and you begin to realize it is not as crazy as it first sounds. This is also an excellent read.
https://rachelheldevans.com/blog/ Rachel Held Evans also has a blog! This is for reading in more manageable doses
http://sarahbessey.com/blog/ Sarah Bessey has a blog as well! Again, a more manageable reading dose. Sarah Bessey is also Canadian which gives a slightly more relatable context for the Canadian Christian.
http://jorymicah.com/blog/ Jory Micah is another writer in the vein of Rachel Held Evans and Sarah Bessey and is working on a book called Breaking the Glass Steeple which I intend to pick up as soon as it is released.
So give these all a read, and see what you can learn from women leaders in the church today.