In June I will be attending the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus biannual conference The Gathering. They accepted my workshop proposal on The Women of John, so I will be speaking at my first national conference! I presented this workshop last month at church, and I think it’s some of the best work I’ve done on the women in the Bible as a presentation. Here’s the brief version:
Women in the Gospel of John: The Johannine Community’s Response to Christian Communities Limiting Women Leaders
Brief Description: The New Testament is not monolithic about Christian belief and worship; there are competing early communities of Christianity within our canon. Two well known groups are those who followed Peter–the Petrine church, and those who following Paul–the Pauline church. Both of these traditions started limiting the role of women in the church toward the end of the 1st century. But a third group–the Johannine church following John–had a different response to women’s roles. Many scholars believe the Gospel of John was written to refute the Petrine and Pauline crackdown on women’s ministry in the church. Come meet the women in this gospel and find out how this community of Christians offered a different story of women’s place in the earliest church and its ministry.
If you’re in the Chicago area, I’d be more than happy to speak at your church, women’s group or retreat, email me.
Did you know there are only eight verses in the Bible that discourage women from speaking and holding leadership positions in the church? Did you know there are thousands of verses in the Bible that tell the stories of women who were leaders in their homes, towns, and religious circles? Meet the women in the Bible who were religious & civic leaders, business women, & women who challenged both Jesus and Moses in What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School. What else didn’t you learn in Sunday School? Find out when you buy What You Didn’t Learn in Sunday School: Women Who Didn’t Shut Up & Sit Down from Wipf and Stock Publishers or Amazon.com today.
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