What about Orpah? – Unsettling the Word excerpt

By |2019-09-11T16:23:02-04:00September 13th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Theological reflection, Voices from the Margins, Women|

This post is a portion of a contribution in Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization, edited by Steve Heinrichs with over 60 contributors and art by Jonathan Dyck. Contributions to Unsettling the Word offer re-visions of Biblical narrative and other create explorations of the Biblical narrative. From the introduction by editor Steve Heinrichs: "My

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The Example We Need In The #MeToo Era

By |2018-11-05T00:19:39-04:00November 5th, 2018|Blog, Stories, Women|

Last month the Nobel committee awarded their annual Peace Prize to Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi activist, and Denis Mukwege, a doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They received the award jointly “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2018/press-release/ I

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My Radical Little Church

By |2018-08-16T18:25:49-04:00May 28th, 2018|Bible, Blog, Church, In the Company of Women Conference, Leadership, Stories, Theological reflection, Women|

I’ve been ruminating on this post for a while now, and I’m still not sure I’m quite ready to express all that my heart is feeling.  But soon other things will be upon us, as happens in normal church life, and I realize that before long the radical thing that just happened in my little church will be so normal

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Red Threads and Invisible Women

By |2018-11-08T16:17:56-04:00December 11th, 2017|Advent and Christmas, Bible, Blog, Theological reflection, Women|

One of the common things that I hear when people talk to me about women being preachers, particularly among those new to the idea, is the statement: “I’ve never seen it.” Sometimes this is a statement meant to express a simple lack of experience, often said with regret. Other times it is meant to

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Don’t Let the Fear Control You

By |2017-10-15T16:09:56-04:00October 16th, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Stories, Women|

Next week, New Leaf is putting on a pre-conference day about the religious landscape in Canada at a big Church Planting event in Montreal. It crossed my mind that one reality of my upcoming travel is that I probably won’t have to wait in line for the restroom like I usually do at big events. The mens room will likely be more crowded than the ladies room.

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Welcoming the More Complex Woman, Part 2

By |2017-08-24T13:50:46-04:00September 1st, 2017|Blog, Women|

I finally broke down and attended my first women's retreat when I was about 27. I had been married for 2 years and figured, this is what older, married women do right? (Back then I used to think 27 was old). I was a woman, I really loved camping & being at the lake

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Welcoming the More Complex Woman, Part 1

By |2017-09-12T13:16:32-04:00August 25th, 2017|Blog, Women|

I think everyone has their awkward years growing up — that particular phase of angst, searching for personal identity, not feeling you like fit in or belong, making questionable fashion choices

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Wonder Woman is my Hero

By |2017-06-29T16:12:52-04:00July 3rd, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Women|

Wonder Woman was fantastic. I had the pleasure of seeing it with a few lovely women, and at the end of it they were really excited to see a female hero kick butt and take names and were all pumped up. One of them said, “this must be what guys feel like when they watch

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