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Friday, May 02, 2008
Women in Emergent
Jenell Paris has a great post up exploring the integration of women into the emergent and young reformed streams. She asks some telling questions. I especially liked her statement -

"If your movement excludes women from full equality with men, then just call it a men's movement and don't try to make me pay attention to it."

Anyway, click here for the full post. I'm interested to hear the responses to this.

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posted by Julie at 11:53 AM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 5/02/2008 03:30:00 PM, Anonymous kathyescobar

    thanks julie for passing it on. i posted a comment over there...

  • At 5/02/2008 10:45:00 PM, Anonymous Sarah

    Julie, what a great little article! I see a gap widening between the Emergent thread and the rest of the emerging church. For me, Emergent represents the folks trying to organize us to death--and they seem to be the extremely sexist/exclusionary.

    We lose so many good women (I almost count myself in that number) because of men like that. But I guess we need to stick with it! Nothing will change for the generations to come if I (insert your name) quit now.

  • At 5/04/2008 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous sonja

    Thanks for passing this on Julie ... I've been pondering this for a few days now. Here's my take on this and it's a little harsh.

    But I'm tired. Exhausted really. I'm fed up with the excuses and the words. So here's my pithy response to the men ...

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Get out of the way.

  • At 5/04/2008 07:52:00 PM, Blogger Lori

    Just a little word of hope...

    In my little corner of the world, a very traditional, midwestern corner at that, I've been invited into an Emergent community that has been hospitable to me in every way imaginable. I know that it changes the dynamic for this particular group to have a woman present, and I know it's taken change for them to make space, but they've chosen to do so. I know that they, like I, are saddened that for now, I am often the only woman who attends their gatherings & engages their thinking and conversations. And I know that there will undoubtedly be bumps along the way, as we iron out how we work together. But I wanted to honor these emergent white males who have chosen to make space for me, a woman, with no titles or credentials (or even a blog, for heaven's sake!). Embedded within this new emerging approach to faith is enormous potential for openness to "the other", and I am grateful to find myself in a community that is doing its best to flesh that out.


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