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'No Makeup November' Inspires Women to Focus on Inner Beauty
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

As countless men grow mustaches this month to raise money and awareness for men's health issues, women and girls of all ages have put away their blush and mascara, seeking to remember they are beautifully ...

R.U. Dateable Sends Teens the Wrong Message
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

R.U. Dateable "rules" are bogus. They come from a place where boys and girls are divided into classes and in the end boys win. A school assembly speaker is gaining natio ...

Book Explores 'God's Radical Notion' of Feminism
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jesus Feminist explores “God’s radical notion that women are people, too.” Blogger extraordinaire and self-described “happy-clappy Jesus lover” Sarah Bessey has just released her ...

Speak Out Sunday Helps Faith Communities Address Tough Issues
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Christian women are subject to sexual and gender-based violence — but when is the last time you heard about this issue in a church? At a routine doctor’s appointment recently, my ...

Key Domestic Violence Resources
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 5:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Check out these resources to help you and your faith community address the sin of domestic violence. ...

Women and Taboos: Leaning In, and Getting Frank About Faith, Sexuality and the Bible
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

While Sheryl Sandberg's Leaning In focuses on issues such as long work hours, daycare, and more flexibility for working moms, the 40 women essayists in Talking Taboo look at faith, sexuality and biblical ...

Talking Taboo: The Christian ‘Lean In’?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

In recently released Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith, edited by Erin Lane and Enuma Okoro, 40 women under age 40 write essays in, what Femmevangelical’s blogger Rev. Jennifer Cru ...

Beyond Anger Management
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Tony Lapp What your church can do to address abusive behaviors. IN THE PAST, programs like Menergy were often ...

Naming the Sin
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle D. Bernard Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it? JULIE OWENS had no way of ...

Called to Lead
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Jackson More and more African-American women are called to ministry—yet still excluded from the pulpit. ...

Financial Gain from Infidelity? A Christian Response
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Rather than promising to join together singles of similar faiths and interests, AshleyMadison.com is an online site for married people seeking extramarital relations. Its tagline is simple: “Life is Short. Hav ...

Please Stop Calling Your Relatively Privileged Life 'Crazy' and 'Messy'
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

What do you think about the way people use words like “bipolar,” “crazy,” and “manic” when they really mean “moody,” “energetic,” “quirky” and even “fun?" A few weeks ago, I ...

Scientific American Blog Editor Leaves Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Women are an important part of the science community, but there’s a group of powerful men who are gatekeepers, and some of them use this power as a tool to be overtly sexual with female bloggers looking to adv ...

U.N. Women's Ad Series Shows Sexism Through Google Searches
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Gender inequality is an international issue. Striving to empower women and call attention to the sexism of popular opinions worldwide, U.N. Women released a series of ads using text from Google real searches. ...

Could Pope Francis Make Women Cardinals? A Pipe Dream, and an Opening
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Could a woman vote for the next pope? Could a woman vote for the next pope? Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he wants to see greater roles for women in the Catholic Church ...

Creating a Port in a Storm of Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Getting faith-based communities to focus on domestic violence is a growing theme these days. I had a chance to play the role of Bad Pastor Phil last week. The occasion was a co ...

Every Prayer, Every Breath, a Step Toward a Cure
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

One morning each week, I ascend the outdoor staircase on the side of our little church and enter the Upper Room – a cozy, loftlike space above the pastors’ offices set apart for prayer. ...

Malala Yousafzai and the Tradition of Islamic Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Christians like myself must hear our Muslim brothers and sisters’ call for nonviolence as a result of their faith, not as a contradiction of their faith. Malala Yousafzai has capt ...

On Scripture: Beaten, Battered, and Burned Before I Am Helped
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 8:01pm | Type: Blog

Not one more person should have be battered or bruised as a result of domestic violence before someone dares to help. Before we dare to help. The images of her burned face are cle ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

Holy Angst: Holding Up a Mirror to Ourselves
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

That is the basic purpose of the study: to step back and see how we measure up as a faith-based sector with regard to the larger social goal of working toward gender parity within all of our organizations and ...

Jon Stewart to Malala Yousafzai: 'Can I Adopt You?'
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Just as she left the world speechless when she addressed the United Nations in July, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s rights and access to education, rendered America's jes ...

Jewish Feminists Say They’d Accept Western Wall Prayer Compromise
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — In a stunning reversal, a feminist Jewish prayer group said it will consider a government proposal to allow a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall — but only after the government agrees to ...

Navy Chaplains to Receive More Training on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Each year, Navy chaplains receive professional development training around a specific issue. Navy chaplain Lt. Cmdr. David Thames, deputy executive assistant to the chief of Navy chaplains, helped coordinate n ...

Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara Wenger Shenk John Howard Yoder's history as an abuser clouds his legacy. JOHN HOWARD YODER, who die ...

Top 10 Most Dangerous States for Women
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Considering a move? Think twice if you are female, single, and headed toward any of the states below. According to data recently released by the Violence Policy Center, these are the states that have the highe ...

Billy Graham’s Grandson: Evangelicals ‘Worse’ Than Catholic Church on Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

The Christian mission field “is a magnet” for sex abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday to a room of journalists. The C ...

"Create in me a green (heart)" tote bag
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Product

When you purchase this stylish tote bag, you not only show your support for stewarding God’s creation, but you directly i ...

Rival to Miss World Will Crown a Pious Muslim Woman
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

After hardline Islamists voiced opposition to the Miss World contest now being staged in Muslim-majority Indonesia, a rival World Muslimah beauty contest exclusively for Muslim women will announce its winner o ...

Wales Admits Women Bishops, Church of England Lags Behind
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

The decision by the Church in Wales to consecrate women bishops means the Church of England — the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion — will be the last in Britain to admit women as bishops. ...

Abused Hindu Goddesses Recall Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

A new public campaign in India uses powerful images of three Hindu goddesses with bruised faces to raise awareness about violence against women. A new public campaign in India use ...

How Long, O Lord?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that sexual and gender-based violence happens only, or even primarily, in the developing world or transitional societies. While particularly graphic stories often bring ...

Combating a Culture of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

When we develop boys into good, godly men they won’t rape and abuse women. And when we raise good, godly women, they invest in the next generation of girls, are less susceptible to exploitation, and won’t infl ...

Shalom and Gender Justice
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

It is only after the fall of humanity — when we decided not to trust God’s ways, when we decided to grab at our own way to peace and gratification — that women were subjected to men. ...

Miley Cyrus’ Contribution to Feminism
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Not that Miley Cyrus' dance was appropriate, but it tells us more about ourselves when we obsess about the shenanigans of the young woman than the borderline adulterous displays of a much older man. ...

Feminists Call Temporary Western Wall Prayer Platform a ‘Sundeck'
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

While the non-Orthodox leaders welcomed the new platform that can accommodate up to 450 worshippers, a group of Jewish feminists called it nothing more than “a sun deck” designed to marginalize anyone who is n ...

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Over
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Somebody has to say it: Our approach isn’t working, and it’s time to rethink “the talk.” It’s time to expand the conversation into territory where many evangelical parents dare not go. ...

The Persistent Stained-Glass Ceiling
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

More than 40 years have passed since Sally Priesand was ordained as the first female rabbi in the U.S. Since then, more than 800 female rabbis — including 647 in the Reform movement — have graduated from sever ...

What About the Women?
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Keehan Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leade ...

Refusing to be Forgotten
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 2:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang Korean sex slaves—so-called "comfort women"—stand up for respect and justice. TORU HASHI ...

A Lifesaving Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey The Global Fund has a plan to win the fight against the three major diseases of poverty—and it's working. ...

Evangelicals Decry ‘Silence’ on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse in their churches. “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too ...

Inspired By Malala: What Your Story Can Do
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Malala reminded us that the world is full of vitriol and violence, hate and ignorance — that this is true for people of all faiths, all backgrounds, all political parties. That there is no corner untouched by ...

Church of England to Draft New Legislation on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s governing body reaffirmed its commitment to consecrate women bishops with the aim of reaching final approval on an issue that has for so long split the church’s ranks no later than Nove ...

‘How Far Is Too Far?:’ Sexuality and Sexual Violence on Christian Campuses
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

For Christian college administrators, who take seriously the formation not just of mind but of spirit, the reality of campus-based sexual violence is challenging for many to admit. Yet it has serious implicati ...

Infant Mortality — Why Is America in 51st Place?
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Here's the question: why does America have so many preterm babies? After I  blogged about expensive American childcare  earlier this week, my daughter Molly directed me to ...

How To Make Childbirth Safer (Not By Spending More Money)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

The more inequality in a country's distribution of family income, the more mothers and babies die in childbirth. "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World&quo ...

OMG! Miss Utah Made a Mistake! Let’s All Feel Superior!
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Her answer was painfully incoherent, and as you can tell in the video, the poor girl knew it. There’s a bit of irony in the question that has been missed. Maybe we should be asking, “What does it say about our ...

'From The Beginning:' Addressing the Roots of Sexual Violence in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

What about the manipulative behavior that gives rise to the delusion of consent? Was my pastor's not-quite-a-proposition an act of sexual violence? Editor’s Note : ...

AUDIO: A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 6:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A radio documentary with Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life Reentry Project. ...