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Women take the reins at three tall-steeple mainline churches.
The article reports the growing number of women who were appointed to higher position in church congregations in the U.S. as of October 2014. Among such new church leaders are senior pastor Shannon Johnson Kershner of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, senior pastor Amy Butler of Riverside Church, and Ginger Gaines-Cirelli of Foundry United Methodist Church. The opinion of Union Theological Seminary's Serene Jones on the developments is also cited.
A Peace Plan for the Gender War.
This article discusses various issues concerning the evangelical gender wars between egalitarians and complementarians. The debate between egalitarians and complementarians is carried out against the backdrop of abusive sexism and radical feminism. Many complementarians believe the inevitable logic of the egalitarian view leads directly to radical feminism. Likewise, many egalitarians see the complementarian position as an effort to suppress the full exercise of women's God-given gifts.
Lift the Veil, See the Light.
The article discusses the oppression of women in religion, which the author compares to slavery. She presents a personal narrative of her life as the daughter of Jehovah's Witnesses, who taught her to hate herself and that she was worth less than men. The article addresses the human rights debate over a proposal that would ban women from wearing burqas in public in France. The author's experience with the organization Ni Putes Ni Soumises (NPNS), which promotes women's rights, is discussed.
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