"... although not all Black churches typically ordain women as ‘pastors,’ they nevertheless respected me as ‘a pastor,’ addressed me as such, and gave me the full accord with their male ministers, and outside of my denomination male ministers, they have been the most accepting of me, my call, and my leadership." -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann
"As the black community grapples with the effects of incarceration on generations of black men, we now have to grapple with the incarceration of black women and the fact that colorism and the disdain for blackness is a contributing factor to who enters prison and how long they stay there." -Onlielove Alston
"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),..."
My faith and theological training DID NOT challenge this culture of abuse against women and girls because even churches around me were teaching patriarchy as God’s design and the way of faith!
There are those who feel that because I am a pastor, it is wrong for me to speak about and advocate for gender equality (and to some extent, all the other equalities I speak about). They feel it is 'ungodly' and that it creates disharmony in the Christian community. But today, I'd like to set… Continue reading Does God Support Gender Equality?
I love the book of Genesis, because more than anything else, it is the book of 'beginnings' or 'origins.' While it doesn't give us a scientific explanation for how things work, nevertheless what it gives us is their 'source.' The origin of 'beings.' The origin of species. The origin of life! The origin of 'relationships.'… Continue reading Patriarchy is the Disease. Jesus is the Cure!
How often have women heard the phrase "If God called you..." in response to the complaints of discrimination against female church leadership and female ministers??? Those who spout this phrase would have us believe that IF God genuinely calls a woman to ministry and ministerial leadership, she would automatically escape the bitter and antagonistic rejections… Continue reading If God Called You…