Several times at one of my Women’s Listening Parties theological concepts have been brought up. I noticed that women hung on to the edge of their seats as they learned that the Bible is actually brimming with theological messaging that affirms a woman’s full personhood. The Word of God apparently is not sexist after all!
So a few months ago I began thinking about pulling together a Womens Theology Camp, a concentrated time together of women learning about a theology for themselves from other women. My first one, hosted coincidentally during a Super moon cycle on Saturday night, went way beyond my expectations. My new friend, Diana Dettwyler, who is a professional photographer, brought her camera and captured some images from the evening. Also, my friend Sarah Morrigan LIVE tweeted the Womens Theology Camp and even storyified it. You can access her wonderful capture of the evening by clicking HERE.
I was grateful for the eclectic group of women who came together, and on a Saturday night! We had women driving in from communities 2 – 3 hours away. I loved it! Most women I knew from my circle of social contacts, and also my regulars who come to my Womens Listening Parties.
There were also a number of new women whom I’d never met before who joined us.
One of the primary reasons I organized the Womens’ Theology Camp was to address the theological barriers women face when determining how to address inequality. When we believe the Bible is the word of God and we are taught that it teaches “woman submit to man’s authority,” then it can be problematic for a woman of faith to resist oppression to her person. She has been taught that inequality is normal, that it’s not even oppressive gender inequality but it is the “created divine order.” Women struggle with how to cope with the tension of this mismatch when their theology no longer matches their conscience. Yet most women do not know how to theologically address these tensions. This can result in a sense of resignation, a kind of “let’s just go along to get along” mentality due to the fogginess from a lack of theological understanding. But when women began to discover that the Bible is a book that is pro-woman and pro-equality, it can be freeing on many levels to their being.
It was a wonderful gathering. I am especially grateful to Arbor Lodge Coffee for generously hosting our Womens’ Theology Camp.
We’ll do it again in the fall!!!!!