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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Emerging Women
Emerging Women
Just too cool! I'm lovin' all these stories and words of light and grace. Sorta like a drink of cool water after trudging across a desert. I'm having several recurring thoughts that I'm wanting to share and take up with the group. First, Elizabeth Potter and I have already been noodling around about the next 'Round Barn' - not for a name but the gathering again of strong and sensational women. We are a pretty geographically dispersed group, but do we sort of clump up in regions? I've noticed Virginia (my present locale)-DC-midAtlantic has a fairly strong group. Can others discern larger, regional kind of groups? How would a second gathering work best for you (if you would want to participate)? Dovetailing with the October Gathering in New Mexico would seem easy, but most of us have hefty loads of responsibilities and commitments that seem to keep us from that week long extravaganza. And then there's our own inclusiveness issues: men welcome or this needs to be sacrosanct for women only? how do we structure things so that women (and men) of God's image, regardless of ethnicity, economics, orientation, age, theology (as far as is possible there), geography, etc., find a welcoming and comfortable chair in the room? The mechanics of planning - where, when, cost, schedule - will, I'm convinced, work themselves out. We will need to be considerably more intentional about our own inclusiveness.
Second thought: all these wonderful stories that have been shared - and those we know have yet to be shared - need to be collected and printed. Either like a church cookbook complete with the spirally binding and pages for notes or more formally with publishers and everything. Whaddaya think? Would you be willing to share-to-print?
And while it's flying through my brain, the Emergent Coordinating Group is meeting beginning the end of this week. Our good friend and fearless leader, Elizabeth Potter, is carrying our hopes, concerns, frustrations, and joys with her as she meets as a part of this group. Keep her in our prayers and thoughts - and then look forward to hearing from her afterwards! Grace and peace.
"MizLiz", Liz Buxton
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  • At 6/09/2006 02:58:00 PM, Blogger lydia

    I'd be willing to share-to-print, yeah. :)

  • At 6/10/2006 08:19:00 AM, Blogger From the Margins

    From the Barn gathering there seemed to emerge a couple of distinct conversations:
    1. The need for a safe space to deconstruct issues of sexism within the ministry context.
    2. The need for a conversation of 'what is the emerging conversation?' What distinguishes it from just a more 21st century contemporary version of modernity?
    3. A very small dose of theology trickled in to our gathering, but I see this is playing a HUGE part in the emerging drama that is unfolding ... I feel this should enter our next gathering to a greater degree. It will help our voice be heard on the "big stage."
    4. Fresh emerging views of ministry for women to take leading roles ... permission to step out and lead, create, collaborate, become... etc.
    5. A place to share our resources/readings/organizations/ ordaining institutions inclusive of women, etc. (Women expressed feeling isolated in their local contexts, so where else can one turn?)

  • At 6/10/2006 09:58:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    great thoughts. The need to have a voice in the shaping of the theology I think is key. But also just having the "excuse" or reason to gather is helpful.

    we just recently led a spiritual disciplenes retreat at a nearby retreat center/castle, and I was thinking how cool it would be to hold an emerging women's gathering there. So if anyone else thinks the Chicago area would work for a gathering, I'm more than willing to help organize and all that.

    I'm also in on the share-to-print thing.

  • At 6/12/2006 07:31:00 PM, Blogger sylvia skinner

    I'm all the way out here in Arizona. While I can get to the midwest (my kids are pretty grown up now), it would be great to participate in something in New Mexico--funny, we refer to the far east side of Tucson as New Mexico, so it's not really too far for me to go! This location would provide a good opportunity for those of us in the Southwest (are there others?) to participate.


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