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The Femmevangelical Blog

 

Weigh in on the latest Femmevangelical blog, where we talk about current issues at the intersection of religion, politics, culture, and women's spirituality and equality.

 Sojourners - Talking Taboo: The Christian 'Lean In'?

 Women must lean in to their faith -- meaning to both question it, and to take leadership within its structures. If we don't speak up, we let our churches continue putting us in a place where we can't thrive. 

"12 Years A Slave," An Eternity for Women

In September, I had the opportunity to preview "12 Years A Slave", the very difficult-to-watch and true-to-life film based on the true story of Solomon Northup. Steve McQueen's directing and John Ridley's writing are incredibly brilliant, and the movie has been rightly heralded as the first truthfully-portrayed story about our country's shameful history. But Northup also unwittingly provides a rare glimpse of cruel, often unspoken truth about women and slavery. 

Talking Taboo

I sat down this week to chat with Lauren Green at FOX News Live about my essay in "Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith." We discuss the lack of female leaders in the church, the struggle Millennial women have with religion, and the boundaries that are still drawn between modern life and faith-based expectations.

 

Watch the interview here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2688609405001/talking-taboo-christian-women-get-frank-about-faith/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fvideo+(Internal+-+Video+-+Latest)

 

 "Chix 6: A Broadway-Bound Game-Changer for the Girls" 

In this new musical, the hero doesn't "get" the girl, she is the girl. And the audience is desperately rooting for her to end up alone. Finally, a happy ending that teaches girls how to fall in love with themselves. 

"A Helluva Zealot: Reza Aslan Doesn't Just Bury FOX News, He Resurrects the Young, Progressive Christian Imagination." 

Are the spiritual-but-not-religious Gen X and Millennials ready for a real "come to Jesus" moment? 

 

"Seeking the Stolen Savior"

Can a Muslim man help young Christian women find Jesus? An interview with acclaimed author Reza Aslan on his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."

Previous blogs:

"Who's the Man?" 

 What happens when a few good men decide manhood needs an overhaul? Last month I mentioned the enlightening and sometimes shocking discussion that unfolded during the all-male panel moderated by Eve Ensler [a sold-out event at the Paley Center for Media] called “Breaking the Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call to Action.” Here's what happened...

"Your Very Cells Call the Divine to End the Rape Culture"

It takes all of our education, awareness, action but most importantly a unified human understanding of the big picture [of rape in our society] between as many members of humanity as we can muster and include and enlist. For it is in our personal honesty at our own cellular level, in the relationships between us, in the recognition of the Divine who can only complete a vision of wholeness when realized among and between our very cells, that a solution lives.

 

 

FemmeMeditation

Can you handle perfect love?

July 1, 2013

 

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -- 1 John 4:18

Where do you find fear in your thinking and actions? Those are the places we must set our sights to discover and where we must focus our spiritual efforts to heal, since we will not be able to truly think or act with love in those…

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A Mother's Day Prayer to Our Mother God

May 13, 2013

 

Mother God,

Today we honor the mothers of the world and we honor our Mother God. We honor the deep strength, the sheer grace, the unending love, the watchful eye of the fierce, unwavering protector. We honor the lioness, the stalwart vigil kept, the spirit fire lit, the tears bravely spilt, the strategic sacrifice, the billowing, brilliant mind which thinks, which dreams, which leads us in …

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Planting Our Seeds to "Repent & Believe"

April 30, 2013


What does it look like to be a feminist of faith?

By way of the positive affects of technology and globalization, our generation is bent toward seeking the bigger picture, a more universal vision of God, the God of the important things that we should be directing our energy toward in a globally interconnected, interdependent world that is shimmering with possibilities that will bring the human …

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How Do You Seek God?

March 3, 2013

Seeking God by nature is experiential, and it works best with all concerns about conforming or having a competitive corner on the "God market" aside. Non-judgmental reflection upon and interrogation of our experiences in the world can help us peel through the information we glean from stories of the Bible and the agendas of theologians or preachers to a deeper layer of who God is and what God do…

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Living Like You Mean It

February 4, 2013

Let love be without hypocrisy. Romans 12:9 

Practicing sincerity -- which requires deep vulnerability -- is never easy amidst business, social and religious pressures. And sometimes the disarming nature of truly plugging into people and situations, daring to genuinely invest in and focus on others, and taking the risk to speak your truth will lead to being misunderstood or even ostracized. Tr…

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Take action - Pat Robertson: your sexist, demeaning rhetoric toward women is not of the Christian gospel, is not accepted as representative of people who follow Christ, nor is it acceptable, period. Christians call on you to apologize publicly for your most recent deplorable statement that blames victims, teaches that women have no autonomy or agency, and puts forth that women are supposed to quietly accept and overlook things that may cause them trauma or harm.

See: Pat Robertson shrugs off adultery, CBN regrets the misunderstanding http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/17/pat-robertson-shrugs-off-adultery-cbn-regrets-the-misunderstanding/

 Sign here at this link and share: http://action.groundswell-movement.org/petitions/pat-robertson-s-dangerous-sexism-is-not-christian