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The Imported Christ vs The Real Jesus of Cuba

"As I continue in my research, I remember that although the imported Christ infiltrated Cuba, the indigenous Jesus can be still be found beating in the hearts of 'los humildes'—the truth and the beauty of this Jesus somehow still penetrated the island of my ancestors, my family." -Kat Arma

Abusive Churches & Gender Inequality, Academia & Gender Equality, Academia & Racial Justice, Allied Partnerships, Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Clergy Women of Color, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Race & Equity in America, Rev. Tega Swann, Seminaries & Justice, Stereotyping & Women of Color, The Gospel and Equality, The Holy Spirit & Equality

How To Be A People/Women of Color Ally

"Being an ally means the actual practice of "mourning with those who mourn" and "rejoicing with those who rejoice." In order to mourn with those who mourn, you must go to the house of mourning! [Even Jesus did that!]" -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann

Biblical Equality for Men of Color, Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Colin Kaepernick, Elizabeth Quashie, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Race & Equity in America, The Gospel and Equality, The Holy Spirit & Equality

A Call To End The Infamy On Black and Brown Bodies

"Existing while black is neither a crime nor a threat, but unchecked bias will result in injustice towards black and brown people and even cost them their lives." -Elizabeth Quashie

Abusive Churches & Gender Inequality, Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Nigeria Chapter, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Clergy Women of Color, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Gender, Racial Equality & Parenting, God, Women & Covenant, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, New Creation Women of Advent, New Testament Women of Advent, Old Testament Women of Advent, P/WOC & Parenting, The Gospel and Equality, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color & Missions, Women of Color Leadership

To All The Mothers In Israel!

"When women open their voices to cry out in labor that new, liberated life be allowed to come forth from places of oppression, women are engaging in motherhood." -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann

Abusive Churches & Gender Inequality, Academia & Gender Equality, Academia & Racial Justice, Allied Partnerships, Black Women & The Image of God, Church & Gender Inequality, Clergy Women of Color, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, God, Women & Covenant, Rev. Tega Swann, Seminaries & Justice, Stereotyping & Women of Color, Women of Color Leadership, Women's Conferences & Equality

Dark & Lovely: Is God In It? A Reflection on the 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Schaff Lectures on Race, Gender and the Imago Dei

"The Shunamite woman stands in the canon and reminds us of both the age-old struggle to suppress Black women and other women of color and the righteous resistance such women must put forth: dark am I, and lovely. Our blackness is not an apology. It is a declaration that we are made in God's image." -Rev. Tega Swann

Church & Gender Inequality, Elizabeth Quashie, Ethnic Reconciliation, Gender Equality for Women of Color, God, Women & Covenant, Missions & Racial Equality, New Creation Women of Advent, New Testament Women of Advent, People of Color & Missions, Stereotyping & Women of Color, The Gospel and Equality, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women of Color & Missions, Women of Color Leadership, Women's Conferences & Equality

The Women-of-Color-led Resistance Of “Women’s Conferences”

"...the question of what it really means and how much it truly matters for the woman behind the facade to live free, redeemed, and empowered in her calling within and outside the Church." -Elizabeth Quashie 

Abusive Churches & Gender Inequality, Biblical Equality in Africa, Black Women & The Image of God, Church & Gender Inequality, Clergy Women of Color, Gender Equality for Women of Color, The Very Rev. Muthure

A Clergy Woman Of Color Too Series: Cries From Kenya

"When a man clergy sleeps with women in the church and steals money from the church coffers, he’s transferred and the issue is covered. But when a woman clergy raises her voice over justice issues, she’s negatively labeled and ostracized in ministry. And the punishment for such women clergy is heavy. " -The Very Rev. Muture

Academia & Gender Equality, Academia & Racial Justice, Biblical Equality for Men of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Egalitarian Men of Color, Kingdom Living, Missions & Racial Equality, Race & Equity in America, Seminaries & Justice, Stephen Robertson, The Gospel and Equality, The Holy Spirit & Equality

A Clarion Call to Seminaries To Adequately Prepare Christian Leaders to Effect Equality & Justice In Society

"It is important to know that we attend seminary for a reason. Not just to grow in our respective fields of study but to be practitioners of justice." -Stephen L Robertson

Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Nigeria Chapter, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Rev. Tega Swann

Don’t Rob Oga’s Wife To Pay Oga

Oga's wife. Oga Madam. Pastor's wife... All these are terms that are used to represent women as shadows and extensions of their husbands, but there are no similar titles for men. One doesn't hear: Madam's husband. Madam Oga. Pastor's husband. From the homefront to the work place, the story is the same: no matter how… Continue reading Don’t Rob Oga’s Wife To Pay Oga

Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, God, Women & Covenant, Kingdom Living, Old Testament Women of Advent, Race & Equity in America, Uncategorized

When God Sends Us Those Foreigners

"It's a despicable human practice that the most despised group in a despised people group are the women of that people group. For some strange reason, dishonoring the women of a despised tribe is proof of how low that tribe is. No wonder enemy groups degrade the women of their opponents through rape. Yes, women always have it worse when it comes to any marginalized group!" -Rev. Tega Swann

Kat Armas, Latina & Gender Equality, Latina & Patriarchy, Latina Theology, The Gospel and Equality

The Anti-Liberating Gospel of Patriarchy

"While patriarchy bears much weight on Western society, its fullest effects are seen in many parts of the non-Western world, particularly in places where women are not even allowed to show their faces in public, or in other places where infants are aborted when found out to be female." -Kat Armas

Allied Partnerships, Church & Gender Inequality, God, Women & Covenant, Julie Taylor, Women's Health & Equality

Allied Partnership Blog: Who Made The Pie???

"That’s God’s special ingredient for girls and women. You don’t like it? We didn’t write the recipe, we just followed God’s directions. You sound pretty ungrateful; you get to eat amazing pie! If you have complaints, take them up with God. He wrote the recipe." -Julie Taylor

Allied Partnerships, CBE-Voices of Color, Farikanayi, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Kingdom Living, Security & Gender Equality

Leave No Sister Behind!

"...any woman given the right circumstances will fight for what is valuable or important to her.  The fighter in her is unfortunately and sometimes thwarted by her circumstances...As long as there is separation between us and our sisters who are still battling with basic needs, we will never speak the same language." -Farikanayi

Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Farikanayi, Gender Equality for Women of Color, God, Women & Covenant, Kingdom Living, Race & Equity in America, Stereotyping & Women of Color, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women of Color in Advent

The Worthy, Yet Divisive Quality of Melanin

"So, I can say that I am dark, yet lovely without going out of my way to imitate a style of beauty that is not indigenous to me." -Farikanyani

Abusive Churches & Gender Inequality, Allied Partnerships, Church & Gender Inequality, Dr. Tara M. Tuttle, PhD, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), Human Sexuality, Sex & Gender Equality, The Holy Spirit & Equality

Allied Partnership Blog: Time’s Up on Church Silence About Sexual Violence

"But I’ve been served communion many times by men whose wives came to church with black eyes. As a teenager, I heard several pre-communion devotions from young men who harassed, coerced, and assaulted girls in the congregation. At least one girl told of being groped and forcibly kissed at church, but nothing was done. The perpetrator was later asked to speak during Sunday morning services again and again while that girl, no girl or woman ever was." -Dr. Tara M. Tuttle

Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Equal In Sexuality, God, Women & Covenant, Jesus & Feminism, Kingdom Living, Marriage, Divorce & Equality

Single Women and the Imago Dei

"The revelation of who God is carries into our lives both as single and married folks, and not just as married folks. Thus, we do not lack full representation of God only to gain it when we become married. Instead, God reveals the fullness of His being to us both in singleness and in marriage." -Rev. Tega Swann

Academia & Gender Equality, Academia & Racial Justice, Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Gina Pollard, God, Women & Covenant, Race & Equity in America, Regina D. Pollard

Of God and the Women: African American Women in the Reconstruction

"That a woman of color would speak to...people on matters of religion and doctrine was no small feat. That she would be as highly respected as she was is evidence that she was fulfilling the calling that compelled her" -Regina D. Pollard

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Eve in Redemption's Story, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, God, Women & Covenant, Jesus & Feminism, Kingdom Living, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, New Creation Women of Advent, New Testament Women of Advent, Old Testament Women of Advent, People of Color & Christmas, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

When Mary Led…

"...a new kind of woman is found in Mary and in her connection to and with Jesus:.."

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Men of Color Voices, New Testament Women of Advent, People of Color & Christmas, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

Out of Egypt…

"People of color groups are widely featured in biblical history and not always as enemies of God's purposes or the Gospel story, but rather, they were often instruments for effecting the redemption story."

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Eve in Redemption's Story, Kingdom Living, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, New Creation Women of Advent, Old Testament Women of Advent, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

Women ‘Keeping Watch’ In the Old Testament

“We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem."

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), Eve in Redemption's Story, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Old Testament Women of Advent, Sarah's Advent, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

Radical OT Women of the Advent: Sarah

"By focusing His desire and choice on Sarah, God was establishing that it is He who determines the standards of acceptability and suitability for His purposes and calling and that it is not based on any natural qualification we could ever bring to the table."

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Eve in Redemption's Story, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, God, Women & Covenant, Haley Gabrielle, Jesus & Feminism, Kingdom Living, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

Revolutionary Women of Eve’s Advent Sing “Said Eve To Women Everywhere!”

Thanks for sticking with us this first week of Advent as we revisited the previously obscured watchfulness and Advent of our first mother, Eve. Our grand finale features a song by Mother Eve, written to all women and people of the world and song by women from different parts of the world. You should sing… Continue reading Revolutionary Women of Eve’s Advent Sing “Said Eve To Women Everywhere!”

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Eve in Redemption's Story, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, God, Women & Covenant, Jesus & Feminism, Kingdom Living, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

Eve’s Advent: You Better Watch Out!

Welcome to Day 6 of Advent! Today, we're using the power of song to tell the story of Eve's Advent - primarily that Eve too, waited for a promise, the fulfillment of which we now celebrate at Christmas time and look forward to in Advent. Songs memorialize our faith, values and beliefs and considering the… Continue reading Eve’s Advent: You Better Watch Out!

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Eve in Redemption's Story, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Jesus & Feminism, Kingdom Living, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas

Eve, Patriarchy’s First Contender

"So, suddenly in Genesis 5:3, humans are no longer 'seen' as beings made in God's image. Rather, Adam sees his offspring as beings made in his own image. And suddenly, Eve's name is no longer mentioned...patriarchy has arrived!"

Academia & Gender Equality, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Eve in Redemption's Story, Feminine Imagery & Language for God, Gender Equality for Women of Color, God, Women & Covenant, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

Eve, Keeper of the First Watch

"Eve's hopeful waiting for the promised deliverance laid the ground work for the covenanted people of God to inherit the promises. She expressed her hope in the name of her son, and it wasn't long before others around learned to express a similar hope in God, enough to call upon him!"

CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Jesus & Feminism, Kingdom Living, Mary, Mother of God, Women , The Incarnation & Christmas, Women of Color in Advent

Eve, Inheritor of the First Promise

"God gave Eve hope by giving her something to look forward to after the temptation and its consequences...God's promise to save, to redeem, etc., first came to us in a woman, Eve!"

Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Eve in Redemption's Story, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Kingdom Living, Mary, Mother of God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, The Holy Spirit & Equality, Women of Color in Advent

Why a Women of Color In Advent Series?

"Because too often, the story of redemption has been passed down to us through the voices of the patriarchs (thereby setting the scene for the flourishing of patriarchy) and not through matriarchs and patriarchs (the latter, which would set the tone of mutuality and equality as God intended from the very beginning),..."

CBE-Voices of Color, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Race & Equity in America, Ruby Woo Pilgrimage, The Holy Spirit & Equality

Tradition, Thanksgiving, Equality & Ruby Woo Pilgrimage

"The first step to equality is willingness to affirm the equal worth of every human and until our current celebrations in America deliberately give equal space to the celebrations and cultures of all who are Americans, the concept of equality will remain elusive and unattainable"-Rev. Tega Swann

Academia & Gender Equality, Academia & Racial Justice, CBE-Voices of Color, Ethnic Equality, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), Gender Equality for Women of Color, Haley Gabrielle, Race & Equity in America, The Holy Spirit & Equality

Reflections on the 2017 Evangelical Theological Society Conference by Haley Gabrielle

"Having even just one woman or person of color speaking on a panel or within a group of papers can have a big impact on the tenor of the conversation." -Haley Gabrielle

CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Jesus & Feminism, Jhanderys Dotel-Vellenga, The Holy Spirit & Equality

The Holy Spirit, Women & Gender Equality

"One of the greatest discoveries in my ministry, was that the Holy Spirit does not live in a specific place or person; but everywhere and in everyone created by God’s inclusive, all-encompassing and unconditional love..." -Jhanderys Dotel-Vellenga

Biblical Equality in Africa, Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Nigeria Chapter, CBE-Voices of Color, Dr. Hanatu Alahira, Egalitarian Men of Color, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation

Gender Equality: The African Experience

The association of Christianity with colonialism has made some Africans skeptical of Western philosophies and ideologies that are contrary to African beliefs and practices especially, gender equality as practiced in the West. This led to the resistance of most African churches to female ordination, except a few denominations like the Lutheran church and the Assemblies of God Church. -Dr. Hanatu Alahira

Abusive Churches & Gender Inequality, Alicia Crosby, CBE-Voices of Color, Church & Gender Inequality, PTSD & Women of Color

When Answering The Call Means Leaving

"They tried to get me to fit into constrictive, gendered box, rife with limitations, but failed to understand that because I know I bear the reflection of Divinity, I reject the lie that my womanhood makes me ill-equipped to do anything." -Alicia Crosby

Biblical Equality in Africa, Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Fola Folayan, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Jesus & Feminism

We Belong Here Too

"As a Christian woman, I cannot turn a blind eye to how the Bible has been and is still being taken out of context and used to perpetuate injustice to women." -Fola Folayan

Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Kingdom Living, Leah Ross

Africa’s Not Lost!

"The Holy Spirit reminds me that my history begins with God. God is my heritage. God is beautiful and great. This is Whom I come from!" -Leah Ross

CBE-Voices of Color, Equal In Sexuality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Human Sexuality, Iris Chen, Sex & Gender Equality, The Rev. Domnic Misolo

The Sex Benefits of An Egalitarian Marriage

"My husband doesn’t assume things about my sexuality just because I am a woman, and I resist the same temptation to stereotype him. In this way, we are free to express our sexuality without labels, or barriers, or shame." -Iris Chen

Black Women & The Image of God, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Kingdom Living, Rev. Tega Swann

A Face Like Mine

"Representation matters. People need to look up and see others like them at the table. People who can understand and relate to them." -Rev. Tega Swann

Black Women & The Image of God, CBE-Voices of Color, Ethnic Equality, Ethnic Reconciliation, Gender Equality for Women of Color, Leah Ross

Forget Nicole, O.J. Won!

"...I have seen this narrative played over and over again in the Black community—the careless disregard for the plight of women in favor of the exaltation of the Black race via the Black man." -Leah Ross