Sunday, May 14, 2006

Are Women the Enemy of the Church?

That was the topic of discussion at church this week, three weeks into our four week series discussing the themes of The Da Vinci Code. Gene Appel did an amazing job. When it comes to discussing gender issues - whether it be in marriage or in ministry - nobody beats Gene Appel.

To read Willow Creek's statement on Women and Men in Ministry click here.

One of the highlights of the service was when all the women prayed together:

May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow, and be radically alive for God.

May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.

May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.

May we pray deeply and teach wisely.

May we be strong and gentle leaders.

May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.

May we never hestiate to let passion push us, conviction compel us, and righteous anger energize us.

May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.

May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.

May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.

May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus. And in that name, and by that power, may we change the world.

Dear God, please make us dangerous women, Amen.

(From Nice Girls Don't Change the World by Lynne Hybels.)

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