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Wednesday, July 05, 2006
What Are the ISSUES exactly?
Why aren't our voices heard?? I've read a few posts from our site ... from the Emergent site ... from other blogs ... many having a common complaint; "Even with all things being equal, our (female) voices are not being heard. " (Being playful with words... if Jesus set free (healed) the woman who had the issue of blood, I'm confident that He has some healing/liberating balm for this issue!) I'll begin the conversation by submitting some observations from the context of the seminary classroom, an environment where there should be level ground, but this issue definitely is apparent here too. Let me suggest a few ISSUES that can be healed through our collective emerging voices: ISSUES of intimidation ... a fear of being 'wrong.' The emergent conversation is offering freedom to explore issues without a need to be expounding the 'right/wrong' answers. This is good!! Let us take advantage of this emergent value and emerge without fear. ISSUES of insecurity ... The emergent conversation proposses an acceptance of all people no matter where they are on their spiritual journey because we're all in process. This mirrors the security that we all have in Christ because compared to the Living Word, we're ALL in process, even the most prominant voices in the room (let us not forget!) This too is good! Let us take advantage of this emergent value and emerge with confidence. ISSUES regarding our contributions not being 'supported.' Here we have a responsibility! Even if we aren't exactly on the same page, we must be learning how to affirm our sisters in Christ by offering a voice of support for their willingness to risk entering into arena of rhetorical discourse, even if we might not agree with the opinion offered. We must not use one other for gaining a one-upmanship in the patriarchal courts of dialogue. Until the playing fields are more 'equal', we must support one another by at least offering words of affirmation to those who take the risk and offer fresh views from a feminine perspective . This too is good. Our collective, emerging voices are of value and of inestimable worth! Jesus ... yearning to set us all free from ISSUES!

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posted by From the Margins at 3:12 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


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  • At 7/06/2006 05:24:00 PM, Blogger lydia

    I've been chewing on this post for the past day or so, Sherri, and so far my contribution comes in the form of a question:

    Practically speaking, what does supporting someone with whom we disagree look like?

    I don't have an answer yet, but I thought it might spark conversation.

     
  • At 7/07/2006 08:06:00 AM, Blogger From the Margins

    Perhaps it's supporting 'their life space' from which they offer an opinion despite the fact that we don't agree.

    For me, it's meant starting out with a phrases such as,
    "I hear what you are saying, and I've heard others express similar opinions, but from my own experiences and from conversations I've had with others who've had similar journey's, I see it this way ... etc."
    or, "I certainly see what you are saying about this (---), but I here's what I've experienced and read about when it comes to this
    (---)"

    I'm really a 'learner in process' when it comes to this territory of the art of a grace-based conversation, so I'm practicing all the time and looking for new word choices that validate others thoughts and perceptions without having to submit to being coerced into unvalidating mine.

     

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