Thursday, October 27, 2005

Theology?

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

79%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

75%

Neo orthodox

54%

Roman Catholic

46%

Classical Liberal

43%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

39%

Modern Liberal

36%

Reformed Evangelical

18%

Fundamentalist

18%

What's your theological worldview?
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Remembering Rosa Parks


As I was rushing this morning to get out the door, the news came over the radio. Rosa Parks has died. Thank you, God, for a woman with undying strength. Her decision to uphold justice in a small moment on a bus in Montgomery, AL, changed the course of history. May we learn from her example.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Silencing Voices

(Notes taken from a Walter Brueggeman conference last fall in Georgia)

What are the reprocussions of silencing the female voice?

  • Denied wisdom, gift, and talent of 1/2 the population
  • Left machismal violence unchecked of the worst kind
  • Recovering much more. .. will affect the nurturing demension of ministry
  • Great distortion in so many ways due to lack of diversity in perspective

These words of Brueggeman's haunt me.

As a child, I was drawn to the sacred. Liturgy, confirmation, the religious calendar, and the sacraments were treasured experiences for me. Certain sanctuaries (childhood church, the local monastery's cathedral, my college's chapel) fill me with peace. I still physically run to them when I am overwhelmed.

When the time came to make decision concerning my future, ministry as a "vocation" never crossed my mind. Full time ministry was never a consideration until a dear mentor sat me down and told me, "Caroline, what in the world are you doing? Go to seminary! You are a preacher, girl!" What a shocker?!!

This experience causes Brueggeman's words to haunt me. No job or situation on the planet would ever cause me to consider myself incapable. Now, one was revealed. I did not think I could minister because I was a woman. I was silent.

However, my voice is finding life. . .

What happens when women answer God's call on their life and begin leading? This question continued to pop up over and over in Glorieta. What does female leadership look like?