A couple weeks ago I travelled out to Hot Springs, NC to attend The Wild Goose Festival for the second straight year. Wild Goose is a fantastically wonderful convergence of progressive-ish Christians who are interested in dialoguing about things like justice, music, and spirituality. (I shared some of my thoughts from last year here).
This year, instead of posting on my blog about my highlights from Wild Goose, I came back to Missiongathering and preached a sermon about it. Our church is going through the book of Acts this summer, and I was already planning on speaking from Acts 16:11-15, the story of the conversion of Lydia. Weeks ago I knew I wanted to talk about the issue of women within Christianity, and how the movement began by repositioning the social ladder; namely, by demolishing it altogether. Acts tells the story of the racial outsider being invited to the table, of the sexual-other being invited to the table, and in this passage we see how women were elevated to a status of mutuality and equality in the Kingdom of God.
Anyways, I didn’t know exactly HOW I was going to talk about this issue, I just knew I really, really wanted to.
And then, Wild Goose happened.
When I got back, I knew that I couldn’t just speak about “women” in an abstract sense… no, I knew I needed to get personal.
So this sermon is me opening up about how I was raised and educated into a worldview that elevated men over women.
I am a product of patriarchy, and, as a result, can be sexist at times.
Okay… I won’t give it all away… you really should just listen.
So check out the message, and then go spend time at each of these amazing people’s websites.
I love them. And so should you.