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Saturday, November 11, 2006
Emerging Women's Book Club
I'd like to suggest the creation of an Emerging Women's Book Club -- open to both genders, facilitated by emerging women. I sense the need for a female-oriented structure to keep our thinking and practices fresh and enhanced by scholarship and community, and to provide a venue for reflection that could serve as a rigorous, but more collaborative alternative to the tet-a-tet swordsmen style of debate that tends to prevail almost exclusively in emerging theology spheres dominated by men. Our discussions could include healthy debate and sharpening of each other's ideas, but in a context marked by collaboration, building on each other's thoughts as well as providing thoughtful critiques and further questions, seeking third alternatives, rather than polarization, responses in didactic, as well as story and poetic form, and the welcoming Mystery to the table.

Anyone interested?

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posted by Jemila Kwon at 1:35 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 11/11/2006 06:18:00 PM, Blogger Nancy

    Jemila, I'm liking that idea. I especially appreciate your interest in avoiding stifling dichotomies/polarities in thought. Good for you! We each have quite a bit to offer one another....different experiences and contexts and learning histories to bring to a review of suggested resources for study. In the end, I'd see that as an amazing help to us all in broadening our potential for appreciating God in all God's diversity and mystery. Thanks for the idea. Now, I need to think about potential suggestions....

  • At 11/11/2006 06:23:00 PM, Blogger Nancy

    Whoops...I'm still interested but on rereading your post have a different understanding of your suggestion. I'd love to participate in a book club via this website. What a great idea! Swing away, Merrill....when do we start and what are we going to read? : )

  • At 11/11/2006 08:34:00 PM, Anonymous Cynthia

    I would be interested. This a season of re-education for me. I have already walked through seasons like this in regards to education and parenting. Now I find that I need the same in regards to marriage, faith, women/men, church, life! The challenge comes in balancing my study with household chores, chaufferring children, fascilitating their education, and the list goes on and on. I have felt unqualified to "debate" but would love a book discussion.

  • At 11/12/2006 08:50:00 AM, Blogger lydia

    Where do I sign up? :)

  • At 11/12/2006 01:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Count me in!

    I think John D. Caputo's "On Religion" would be a great start. It's short, engaging, and thought provoking. You have to get it on amazon....

  • At 11/12/2006 02:21:00 PM, Blogger Michele L

    I think it's a good idea. I too, am learning a lot, hearing different thoughts on a book would be interesting.

  • At 11/12/2006 02:33:00 PM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    If everyone posts there suggestions for books, I'll put them in a hat later this week and let my daughter pick one to get us started. Perhaps we can pass around the "hat" each month if we all keep a list of the book ideas on the table. If anyone has a better idea of how to organize this, let me know! :)

  • At 11/12/2006 02:45:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    sounds great - I'll email you about the best ways to add this on the site!

  • At 11/12/2006 04:11:00 PM, Blogger wit4life

    Divine Nobodies by jim Palmer

  • At 11/12/2006 04:47:00 PM, Blogger revval

    Sounds great....am quite new to this...what type format would be used for discussion?

    Am as anxious as a new student at Hogwarts - only I'm waiting for the book title to be drawn from the "hat."

  • At 11/12/2006 05:10:00 PM, Blogger lydia

    if fictional books are included....Anita Diamant's The Red Tent

    my non-fiction suggestion: C.S. Lewis' The Problem of Pain.

  • At 11/12/2006 07:12:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    suggestions -

    stuff I've read and would like to discuss -
    Dance of the Dissedent Daughter - Sue Monk Kidd

    Colossians Remixed - Walsh and Keesmaat

    Things I haven't read yet and would like to read and discuss-
    How not to Speak of God - Peter Rollins

    The Shaping of things to Come - Frost

  • At 11/13/2006 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Linea

    I would love to participate in a book club/discussion. I like Julie's suggestions of books, especially The Dance of the Dissident Daughter since I plan on reading this one anyway and would love to have some interaction with other women on it.

  • At 11/13/2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Doxallo

    Uprising, A Revolution of the Soul, Erwin McManus

    God's Politics - Jim Wallis

  • At 11/13/2006 06:09:00 PM, Blogger revval

    Casting another vote for Dance with the Dissident Daughter.

  • At 11/13/2006 09:46:00 PM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    Okay, well it seems there's quite a bit of enthusiasm for Dance of the Dissident Daughter, so let's start with that; it may be healthy for us to begin by airing our struggles with dissidence (and dissonance) as we engage our spirits in active questioning, wrestling and honoring the mystery of God and our unmarked path with Her.

  • At 11/13/2006 10:29:00 PM, Blogger Nancy

    I just read "Dance" and was not all that crazy about it but I'm willing to discuss "Why?" when the time comes. Concurrently though, I did create a space for me to discover some of my own "feminine spiritual wounds" and would be willing to talk about that too if anyone was interested in that sort of discussion along with the book.

  • At 11/14/2006 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Past the Wishing

    God's Politics by Jim Wallis (Ditto)

    Church in the Round: Letty M. Russell

    Passion for God-Theology in Two Voices: Jurgen Moltmann and Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel

    Working the Angles-The Shape of Pastoral Integrity

    Hagar, Sarah and Their Children:(Jewish, Christian and Mulim Perspectives) Phyllis Trible and Letty M. Russell Editors

    the trial of god: Elie Wiesel

    The Openness of God - Clark Pinnock

  • At 11/14/2006 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Karen Altergott

    Has anyone seen Junia: The Lost Apostle? It's published by Jossey Bass, and deals with a woman in the early church.

  • At 11/15/2006 10:22:00 AM, Blogger CLPC Kids

    I'm in.

  • At 11/15/2006 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    Sounds cool! I've always wanted to study more about Junia.

  • At 11/15/2006 12:01:00 PM, Blogger Joy

    Generous Orthodoxy-McLaren

    I am interested!

  • At 11/15/2006 12:19:00 PM, Blogger Joy

    Please nix my other suggestions...

    Why Not Women
    Loren Cunningham

  • At 11/15/2006 03:42:00 PM, Blogger John Lynch

    Hey sisters... I noticed that the post said "open to both genders". If it's okay, I'd love to jump in on this. I just ordered "Dance of the Dissident Daughters" & I'm looking forward to what's next. Thanks for putting this together!

    Life & peace. - John

  • At 11/15/2006 05:58:00 PM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    So glad you're joining us John!


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