I thought I'd answer Julie's question in a new post rather than a comment as it may get a little lengthy...
I have three female role models:
- Sarah Dylan Breuer, a woman I originally met at The Ooze message boards 4-5 years ago. You can read her blog here
, but if you really want to get a feel for why I admire her so much go straight to this Ooze article
she wrote in '04 that retells the parable of the shepherd who left 99 sheep to look for the one that was lost.
Sarah is the kindest person I've ever met. She's also one of the most determined. When I first met her I really admired the way she was able to strongly disagree with someone without alienating them. When people took offense at her beliefs she never seemed to take it personally - even if they attacked or ridiculed her. Which is something I'm still trying to learn how to do.
- My mom, Tammy
. From homebirthing and homeschooling to returning to college with three young kids underfoot, learning to play the bass guitar from a self-described satanist (who later became a christian because of my parents' unconditional friendship, I think? Or at the least he became much more open to the idea of God) to encouraging her husband to become a "stay-at-home dad" when us kids grew a little older while the family was living in a community that really
didn't understand that concept, she's never been afraid to dance to the beat of her own drum. Even when no one else could hear the rhythm.
- And not to embarass her, but I like to think of "our" Julie here at EW as one of my role models as well. She's intelligent and gritty and I've never known her to back down in a discussion. Which is a good thing for me be around as I'm the kind of person who quickly backs away when the temperature rises. In this way at least Julie is the yin to my yang. ;)
Labels: Gender Issues, Women in Ministry