Why should we listen to “voices of experience?”

“As the church and the academy have addressed the topic of women’s roles, various theological resources have been brought into the discussion. Not surprisingly, given our heritage, Scripture has played a significant role in our reflection. Reason has also played a role, although this issue understandably stirs emotions, which sometimes strains our use of reason. Tradition–what we have always done–has played a huge role in actual practice. The use of experience–of women specifically–however, has been rare or absent, for at least a couple of reasons. First, there are few opportunities when women are invited to speak in public; second, it is culturally difficult for a woman to ask for the floor without negative connotations. So, women’s stories have gone untold and unheard.”–Ken Cukrowski

Quite simply, if we do not listen to others describe how they experience life, world, church, faith, God, we will never learn that others experience these things in ways we do not. This is important, and we can only learn this through listening. If you have never been told, “You can’t do that, because you’re a girl,” then you don’t know what that experience is like, what it means, how it forms you, and how it hurts you. And if you don’t understand that about this experience, then you can’t properly respond to it.

Take the time to listen to these voices. Your mind may remain unchanged, but your heart will not.

–JTB

 

“Why I Left the Church of Christ and Why I Returned” by Ann Evankovich

“Opening the Door to Gender Justice” by Katie Hays

“Not the Same Woman at Work” by Mary Lou Hutson

“Why Am I Afraid?” by D’Esta Love

“Change is in the Air” Lance Pape

“Behold, I Show You a Parable” by Floyd E. Rose

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“Sons and Daughters,” by Paul Mathis

“Please Don’t Ask Me to Stay,” by Rebecca Kello

Teeth and Tears: How Being a Girl Made Me Question God,” by Kaitlin Hardy

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Voices of Experience at Half the Church (podcasts)