The ‘voices’ are women’s voices. The ‘re-imagining’ is from a text by Walter Brueggeman who argues for new prophetic voices needing to arise and come forth, speaking into the postmodern culture in which the Church finds herself. The ‘stories’ I’m looking at are the biblical stories in which females play a role but have been traditionally sidelined, minimalized and spiritually stereotyped.
An example: I suggest that emerging women could re-imagine Hagar’s story for the benefit of ministering/serving/witnessing in a very real way to people, especially women of the 21st century. In Hagar’s story are the stories; of women kicked out of the house by a competing, favored woman, of women who are abandoned by the father of their child, of women who find themselves homeless with a child to care for, of homeless women with a child that find themselves in the desert of social systems not designed for any long-term help, of women who have married into families of different ethnicity and find themselves being treated as second best, of women globally who are still bargained with and used sexually to meet the political/social needs of others, of women who must rebuild their lives with no help from any family …. Others?
Not many sermons/teachings/Sunday School lessons that I’ve heard in my 40 years of experience through Lutheran, Wesleyan, independent charismatic, Word of Faith, Nazarene, Pentacostal, Evangelical seeker-driven, or Methodist tell Hagar’s story with any of these relevant, theological critical views so that women can find their story in hers and meet God there. However, I suggest that emerging women have an opportunity to seize the day and prophetically re-imagine, building on the foundations of generous orthodoxy that the “emergents” are establishing …
Labels: Gender Issues, Theology