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UN Commission on the Status of Women: “Blue is the New Pink: Gender Equality through Men and Boys”

One of the sessions I attended at the UN Commission on the Status of Women highlighted the need to break gender stereotypes for men and boys, as well as for women and girls, in order to achieve gender equality. Speakers emphasized that stereotypical “masculine” and “feminine” images are damaging to everyone. Stereotypes of “masculinity” are […]

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Changing Church: Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley, Global Religions Director, Arcus Foundation

All of us have a tendency to imagine our lives within the frames of what is familiar. We often begin by looking at traditional models of church and traditional models of leadership, and wonder if substituting a woman in the traditional male role of pastor will bring about transformation and eradicate the discriminatory energies of […]

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Changing Church: Rev. Dr. Gail Anderson Ricciuti, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Because the mystery of your being, Holy One, destroys our safe assumptions and shakes the foundations of our religiosity like a mighty earthquake,   Jesus Christ, Sophia, have mercy on us.   Because our hearts are unaccustomed to your intimacy with our lives,   Jesus Christ, Sophia, have mercy on us.   Because our heritage […]

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Changing Church: Dr. Mary Ann Beavis, Professor, Religion and Culture, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

Seated in a circle around a table in a sunny room at a Catholic college in western Canada, thirteen women reflect upon ways we integrate the Female Divine into our Christian faith. Dr. Mary Ann Beavis facilitates the conversation as part of a research project for which she received a grant from the Social Sciences […]

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Changing Church: Orion Pitts, Director of Music & Administrator, First United Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Over the years, I have become much more discerning about the music and the texts that we use. There are many—MANY—hymns that I have dearly loved since childhood, that I just will not use any more, because the theology in them does not reflect an experience of the Divine that I wish to perpetuate. So […]

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