My wife, Aleisha, and I live in Phoenix, AZ and have just started attending a church a few blocks from our house. We’re beginning the work of making friends, getting connected, finding a place. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on the tradition and church I was raised in. Many of my dearest friends I met there – much of who I am was developed there. Still, it’s really complicated. If church is the family of God, and if that community is where we figure out who we are and who we should be, then it really matters what we’re telling each other. I’ve put a great deal of time, reflection, and work into this piece. This subject is deeply personal – and important I believe. As such, I’m not looking to disperse this to everyone or to get a ton of clicks.
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Some Resources I’ve Found Helpful
“Gender Roles and the People of God” (book) – Alice Matthews
“The Things We Do To Women” (podcast episode) – Christianity Today
“Me Tarzan, Son of Menno – You Jane, Mennonite Mama” – Katie Funk Wiebe (article)