I’ve identified as being a Christian Feminist for a good chunk of my adult life. It informs all that I do. This blog, for example, reflects my passion for sharing my beliefs.
Which is why I’ve gathered together some of the best resources I’ve discovered on learning about the beliefs of Feminism and Egalitarianism.
Whether you are dealing with questions about your own beliefs or looking to explore a different view, this post will serve as a jumping off point for those hoping to go deeper with their knowledge of the issues affecting women in the world and our place in it as Christians. So, without further ado . . .
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We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This video is a 30-minute speech given by the incredible Nigerian novelist at a TEDx event. It’s the same speech that you can read in her book by the same title that was given to every 6th grader in Sweden in an effort to improve their national gender equality. #CountryGoals. If you’re looking for a quick but powerful introduction for why you should care about this issue, this is it.
The Junia Project
Following the Junia Project is one of the best decisions I ever made. This community presents quality content on Egalitarianism and the position of women in the church. If reading Paul makes you uncomfortable, if you want to learn more about egal theology, or if you didn’t know there even was a Junia in the Bible or what her role was, then you absolutely must check them out. Bonus points if you become addicted to their Pinterest boards.
Global Inequality Course from Wellesley College
This FREE course is offered online. The EdX platform is where you can find tons of classes from well-known universities on a range of topics. This particular course is well organized and serves as an introduction to the issues of inequality. It’s taught by Smitha Radhakrishnan who is a certified #LadyBoss and gives stellar lectures that will leave you wanting to learn and do more. Enroll now!
CBE (Christians for Biblical Equality)
CBE is an online community perfect for finding well-researched articles and connecting with people of similar interests. You can search for a local chapter, find materials for use in your church, and connect with members in your area that share an interest in promoting and educating others about Biblical Equality. Consider sharing their materials with leaders in your home church to start a conversation about what equality looks like in your congregation.
If you have yet to explore the realm of Netflix documentaries, what are you even doing with your life? Miss Representation will open your eyes in so many ways. To quote their website, “In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message we receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.” Ahem, PREACH.
I’ve also been hearing great things about a similar film focused on men called, The Mask You Live In. I’ve yet to watch it myself here in China (Damn, Netflix. Back at it again with the VPN blockin’) but if the reviews are any indication, it is a must see.
Christian Feminism Weekly Podcast
This podcast is everything an auditory learner interested in this topic could want. Hosts Ashley and Charlie broadcast a conversation every week on the topic of Christian Feminism with a great balance of poise and hard-hitting facts. When you are done binge-watching those Netflix Documentaries you can start with these podcast episodes! They are a joy to listen to and can be easily found on Soundcloud. Go subscribe!
Feminism 101 with Belle Brita
Belle Brita is a Christian Feminist lifestyle blog with plenty of material to browse. I’d like to highlight one particular series called “Feminism 101“. This glossary of terms is helpful for learning about Christian Feminism. Time to learn the jargon! The rest of the series covers important issues and what it means to be a Christian Feminist. A great place to start if you’re looking for some personal perspective.
CEB Women’s Bible
This CEB translation of the Bible is probably my favorite purchase of 2016. It contains articles, annotations, and study materials written entirely by female scholars and priests. After living my entire faith life only hearing from male voices, it is so refreshing to have an entire Bible filled with the voices of educated and passionate women.
Should Women Teach In The Church? Video Series
This video series from Sharp Readings is groundbreaking, education, and easy to follow. It covers in four parts some of the most complicated verses that have been used to oppress women in the church. If you have questions about whether women are allowed to preach and lead, and you want a theologically sound answer, you NEED these videos.
- Part One: 1 Timothy 2:11-14
- Part Two: 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
- Part Three: 1 Timothy 2:11-14
- Part Four: 1 Timothy 2:11-14
It’s Not Over!
I know many, myself included, feel alone or shunned from exploring an interest in Feminism. Maybe your friends, professors, or family turn up their noses at the mention of the word. Or perhaps your church adamantly preaches against it. Maybe you aren’t even looking to change your mind, but simply looking to understand the viewpoint of others.
Whatever your motivation for finding and reading this list, don’t let it stop here. There is a community of people out there who create and deliver excellent content relating to Feminism and Christianity. Simply connect!