For the majority of American Christians, women's voices from the pulpit are a rarity.
According to a Faith Communities Today 2010 survey, roughly 24 percent of Mainline Protestant congregations had female leadership. For Evangelical congregations, only 9% had women on the pastoral staff.
Without endorsing a position on female ordination, Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith seeks to bring more female Christian voices to the mainstream, by offering 40 women under the age of 40 a platform to share a myriad of opinions on ordination, sexuality, divorce, doubt, breast feeding, and gender roles. more >>
Women are more likely than men to believe God is male, according to a Harris Poll released earlier this week.
The survey of 2,250 adults in the United States revealed that 43 percent of women and 34 percent of men believe God is male.
Overall, 39 percent of Americans believe God is male, 31 percent believe God is neither male nor female, 10 percent believe God is both genders and one percent believe God is female. more >>
A self-help book based on Old Testament principles of the Bible written by a 43-year-old married Italian journalist and mother of four advising women to be submissive to their husbands in marriage is now causing an international uproar from feminists around the world.
The book, Cásate y sé sumisa, translated Get Married and Be Submissive, has even drawn the ire of a high ranking political figure in Spain in the form of that country's health minister Ana Mato, who according to The Telegraph, said: "I think it is inappropriate and disrespectful to women."
According to the report, from the very first pages, author Costanza Miriano declares to women: "we are not equal to men and to not recognize this is a guaranteed source of suffering." more >>
It started as "personal style challenge" for the Los Angeles-based trend-forcasting professional. Taking advantage of the warm southern California weather, Blythe Hill decided to see if she could wear a dress or skirt every day the entire month of December. She named the campaign "Dressember."
That was in 2009. In her fifth year of the campaign, taking a cue from the male-facial hair growing campaign "Movember," Hill decided to expand the movement beyond its identity as a fashion test and turn it into a way to support the Christian anti-sex trafficking organization, International Justice Mission (IJM). Those who wanted to join would commit to wearing a dress every day and setting a fundraising goal for the cause.
Hill credited her faith with playing a role in her decision to add a cause to her fashion movement. more >>
Former Vision Forum Ministries president Doug Phillips revealed on Oct. 30 that he had had an affair and would be stepping down from his leadership position in the company.
While the nonprofit shut down on Nov. 11, Phillips had confirmed that he had intended to maintain control over Vision Forum Inc., the for-proft arm of the organization that sold toys, books and DVDs espousing its "biblical patriarchy" views.
Now, it also appears that Vision Forum Inc. could be shutting down as well. more >>
For the second year in a row, feminists within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, have staged an event wherein women wear pants to worship service.
At the "Second Annual Wear Pants to Church Day" the Mormon women wore dress pants instead of the usual dresses.
Meant as a message to encourage gender equality within the Mormon sect, hundreds and maybe thousands made such statements during services across the United States on Sunday. more >>