Evangelical women look beyond Bible study to new causes

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Left to right, organizers Jennie Allen, Jen Hatmaker and Lindsey Nobles speak to women gathered in Austin for the IF:Gathering in Feb. 2014. Photo courtesy of Moxie Collective

Left to right, organizers Jennie Allen, Jen Hatmaker and Lindsey Nobles speak to women gathered in Austin for the IF:Gathering in Feb. 2014. Photo courtesy of Moxie Collective

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AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) If past conferences such as Women of Faith drew thousands of women to indoor stadiums for devotional Bible study, a new generation of evangelical women is looking outward and concerned with social justice.

  • Tom Martin

    She has no idea what she is opening the door to. Now she approves because it is for items that she supports. Will she be as outspoken when it comes to contraceptives, abortions, euthanasia, etc. This pen and phone stuff is the issue not minimum wages and I am sorry the poor sister does not realize that. Fr. Tom Martin

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  • Andy

    This reads more like a promotional piece, no offense.

    No discussion here of the emerging “missional” movement. No explanation of what “social justice” means (are we talking politics, local compassion, mission work, or what?). And no definition given for “IF.”

    Something to keep in mind: Journalism thrives on curiosity — that of the reader AND the reporter. Otherwise, it’s just prose.

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  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey

    Andy, glad to get your feedback. The “missional” movement is another story. I gave examples of what they included with social justice, including the people who spoke and the causes they champion. The theme was mentioned: “If God is real, then what?.” Sorry the piece didn’t work for you.

  • David B

    Come to my country. I’ll take you around.
    Meet the Professors/ Professionals. Meet the Pagans.
    We’ve got them in the millions. Our Pop. is almost one and half billion..
    What you call hunger, injustice, rape, women degraded, child abuse, inequality of the sexes etc. is not what we call them here. It is all an every day game. ‘Our gods’ are happy like it is here. Our people live to please the gods. Millions of them. If Jesus can do something – let him. He is ACTUALLY !!

  • Sarah, thanks for publishing this piece. As one who used to plan large regional conferences for evangelical women in the 90’s, it’s important to recognize the shift in ministry for and by women. My generation led conferences wearing two-piece suits and heels; nothing wrong with that then but these younger gals are jeans and boots on the ground and I applaud them. They are not keeping quiet but changing the world. As an older woman, they have my admiration and support.

  • Clay Crouch

    Sarah, I am curious as to how many of the conference speakers and organizers attend churches that allow women to serve as elders or pastors?

  • M.E. Clary

    That’s a question I’m interested in hearing the answer to , as well, Clay. Thanks for asking.

  • IKediashi Victory

    Want to join the group