GCSRW has put together a list of blogs which encourage and challenge us in our work for gender equality. These perspective and stories are not necessarily those endorsed by the General Commission or The United Methodist Church, but are ones which we find educational in our journey towards holiness. Most blogs reflect individual or group perspectives with a few focused on church-specific issues. Since churches are made up of groups of individuals we find any level of focus to be useful.
GCSRW does not necessarily agree with what is posted but suggests it is important to read widely; therefore, we include opinions that differ widely. If you have never read a contemporary woman or feminist author, here are some options for where to start!
April Fiet enjoys “reading (both theological stuff and children’s books),” so it may not be a stretch to find her citing the Grammy’s as a link to show the “importance of the church being relevant to the culture around it.” She is serious about God, but she does not let that limit her ability to talk about God, even in the face of life’s doubt.
This blog originates in the United Kingdom. Shortlisted for ‘the guardian’ student media awards 2014 ‘Student Website of the Year’, the coordinators at Belle Jar “consider [them]selves a collective space for anyone who has a feminist related topic in mind to write about.” Belle Jar always welcomes new writers!
This blog originates in Canada. The writer self-identifies her interests as including “banjo music…feminism…yoga…[and] nostalgia.” She grew up in a secular household, but she loves “churches, especially old ones, especially Catholic ones” because they make her “feel quiet and awed and sort of holy.” I think the particular blog identified here will help you understand this writer. After that, it’s up to you to decide.
The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel is a senior minister at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She participated in the Festival of Homiletics (2014) and is a self-professed freeloader.
Dr. Elaine Heath is the author of We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2011). She is a co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which “provides opportunities for adults, both clergy and laity, to learn how to live in intentional community and how to develop missional communities in diverse social contexts in order to help the church become more faithful in bearing the gospel into the world.” A link to the foundation is available on this site.
Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay invites the reader to find the divine in the everyday experience. She writes of gratitude, love, story, and the power we have to use our Methodism and compassion and care to live a Gospel-filled life. Read her January 3, 2015, post for some insight to the woman behind this blog site.
Rev. Jeremy Smith, Minister of Discipleship at First United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon, blogs about “faith, young clergy issues, technology, internet theory, and geeky topics.” This is one of the most engaged blogs on United Methodist polity and current issues.
“Her.meneutics, edited by Kate Shellnutt and Katelyn Beaty, provides news and analysis from the perspective of evangelical women. We cover news stories and books related to international justice and evangelism, pregnancy and sexual ethics, marriage, parenting, and celibacy, pop culture, health and body image, raising girls, and women in the church and parachurch.” Its tagline is “Christian women. Cultural Comment.” See what you think.
Jenny Rae Armstrong blogs not only here, but at her.meneutics (shown elsewhere in this list). She started writing at the age of 11. She is an “award-wining writer who focuses on biblical gender justice and equality.” She is “passionate about building up the body of Christ by building up women, in her rural community and around the globe.”
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs’ hard-hitting and clear style boldly appears when he writes about inappropriate comments made to pastors who are women. He is one example of the fact that not all feminists are women.
Karoline Lewis participated in the Festival of Homiletics (2014). She blogs on her own site, but also is part of the Working Preacher team (workingpreacher.org). This “teacher of preachers” “take[s] biblical texts very seriously,” and she believes that the “sermon needs to be the very living presence of Jesus and God for us.” She is also very real and readable as she brings her beliefs and her theological background into her day-to-day life. Read it to believe it!
This page of Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan’s site highlights her writing passions. Her “twitter tagline is “Fiercely interested in most things.” Writer, mom, pastor, spouse, daughter, sister, citizen — not in any order, and usually all at once. Nearly life-long resident of Cook County, IL, for better and for worse.” In her spare time, she participates on the Interagency Sexual Ethics Task Force of The United Methodist Church.
Welcome to Lee Hull Moses’ site. She reflects on “faith, family, church, and home” in spite of her belief that there are enough blogs already, and she brings theology alive through the lens of one woman’s daily experiences.
Sandhya Jha proclaims herself “wonk, activist, abettor of hope.” This is not your mother’s blog, unless your mom is young, computer literate, and not afraid of hearing the voice of a straight-spoken young woman.
Laura Jean and Tim Donaghy went to Nicaragua in 2010 to serve with (the UMC’s) Global Ministries, the international arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. The blog has aspects written in Spanish, and you will find social justice, environmental activism, and life immersed in another culture.
Some times, reading one blog will lead you to read a different blog. I am pretty sure how this one came onto my radar. Katherine Willis Pershey “started any day a beautiful change in 2004.” She “had no idea what [she] was doing, but [is] glad [she] forged ahead anyway.” Her blog allows this Associate Minister of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs (United Church of Christ) to “keep in touch with people, connect with new friends, practice writing, and reflect on life, ministry, family, books, music, etcetera, whatever.”
“Practicing Families is an on-line ministry that seeks to support families in their efforts to follow the way of Jesus.” This blog is about “real faith,” “real life,” and “real grace.” This blog arose from a need for resources for young families: “So here it is. Finally. The work of many people. A ministry, a community, for anyone trying to live a life of faith–and especially for those of us living those lives with children and (God help us) teenagers.”
From a variation on the Celtic prayer (“May the road…”; August 26, 2014) to a commentary on the aftermath of Ferguson(February 11, 2014), this blog (apparently designed by Erik for Erica) has something to say about a variety of topics: “life with little kids; church stuff; current events; knitting (sporadically); culture; running (hopefully not too sporadically).”
Start reading this blog by reading Lynne Baab’s post for January 21, 2015, which suggests starting prayers with thanksgiving. It could change the way you see the world! Lynne Baab is a Presbyterian minister and author who frequently writes about listening as a spiritual practice and about keeping Sabbath.
Emmy Kegler has northern Midwestern roots. Her January 14, 2015, blog, “The Advocacy Spectrum” points out similarities between her focus (LGBTQ issues) and domestic abuse recovery. People are more similar than they are different. Maybe there is a blog here for you!
From the perspective of a Christian, one might ask, “What is not to appreciate about a discussion that addresses the continued relevance of the church?” Continue reading to hear what some faithful Christians think about technology, the future of the church (property), and more.
One writer, in his Author Info statement, offers up hope for many women who may have had moments in their life when women were somehow considered second class. Patrick Scriven states, “I’m a husband who married well, a father of three amazing girls, and a seminary educated lay person working professionally in the church.” This site looks at equality, reconciliation, justice, intentional relationships, and healthy relationships as it addresses topics of our day.
Read Rachel Held Evans’ post, “10 Cool Things We’ve Done in 1,000 Posts.” I could not describe this blog spot better. “Hailing from Dayton, Tennessee—home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925—[Rachel Held Evans] writes about faith, doubt and life in the Bible Belt.”
At A Deeper Story, the writers “believe that the best way to address a topic is through the lens of  personal experiences.” Expect to read about difficult topics without divisive rhetoric. “Starting March 1st , A Deeper Story will close [its] doors, turn off comments and go offline.” However, the various writers are easily accessed at the Storytellers, and their future blogs should be accessible through those various links.
Decide for yourself. Rumor has it, Alicia, the author, is attending Loyola University Chicago (Illinios; USA). She would have you know this: “Christian. Advocate. Educator. Many descriptive nouns could be used to describe me; when it boils down to it, I am just a girl chasing after God. These are my stories. *cue Law and Order theme music*”
Feminism, human rights, activism, advocacy—you can read blogs that address these timely topics right here!
Read this page first. If you want to read about poverty, marginalized people and homelessness, this is one place to start.
**Please note that the opinions and ideas expressed on these blogs do not always or necessarily represent the views of GCSRW or The United Methodist Church. This list does not constitute endorsement or support of the opinions or bloggers.
Do you know of other bloggers writing about women, faith, and practice? Have a recommended addition to this list? Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org to invite our webmaster to include your site!**