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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

One woman’s experience of being trained as a priest in the Church of England opened her eyes to a startling reality. A woman who dares to speak from a position of authority in the church is still a threat to too many.

Get ready to submit a piece for CBE’s fifth annual writing contest! Women and men of all cultures, races, and classes are invited to share their stories and insights about biblical gender equality, egalitarian theology, and Christian feminism.

Mary of Bethany believed Jesus. She trusted him. She took him seriously. She saw and heard him. She refused to abandon him even when it meant entering into his trauma with him.

The barriers that prevent women from becoming pastors are innumerable. From even imagining it's possible to finding support—financial and spiritual—the world seems to stand against us in following this call with all its fury.

As the one shepherding my congregation through worship, I want to make sure the songs we sing express the fullness of the Christian experience, including the female Christian experience. Who is writing the contemporary songs we sing? What backgrounds do they come from and, specifically, how many women are penning the church’s anthems? Not many. 

When talking about marriage, Christians often focus on the New Testament. Rarely mentioned is the Old Testament couple Manoah and his wife, parents to Samson, who offer us a glimpse at God's design for marriage.  

In a continuation of the second of several conversations sponsored by CBE and our 2021 Conference partners, Charles Read asked three conference speakers to consider how churches can better value women leaders.

Galatians 3:28 offers a vision of a community that models intersectional mutuality in Christ, where an enslaved Gentile woman and a free Jewish man were considered one and shared full authority in the community of believers.

Lament can offer us a way to enter into and face the painful histories of racism and sexism.

The spiritual practice of lament can offer us the path to full liberation from interlocking oppressions.