Christians for Biblical Equality Announces Student Paper Competition Winners

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Christians for Biblical Equality announces three winners of its student paper competition for its 2015 conference, “Becoming New: Man and Woman Together in Christ.”

Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) has selected three students— Patricia Conroy, Caroline Schleier Cutler, and Shi-Min Lu—as the winners of its student paper competition for its 2015 conference, “Becoming New: Man and Woman Together in Christ.”

CBE holds student paper competitions at its US conferences, and awards winners scholarships to attend and present their papers to conference attendees. Papers are also considered for publication in CBE’s award-winning academic journal, Priscilla Papers.

Patricia Conroy is pursuing a masters of divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary-Houston, and her paper, “One in Christ Jesus: The Struggle of Adventist Women to Achieve Equality in Ministry” explores the historical, social, and theological issues surrounding the debate over women’s ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Caroline Schleier Cutler’s paper “New Creation and Inheritance: Inclusion and Full Participation in Paul’s Letters to the Galatians and Romans” argues that Paul’s writings require a church that is inclusive not only spiritually but also socially. Schleier Cutler is a PhD student in biblical studies at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Shi-Min Lu is pursuing a PhD in intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Her paper, “Woman’s Role in New Testament Household Codes: Transforming First-Century Roman Culture examines,” uses 1 Peter and Ephesians to argue that household codes in the New Testament are a means of contrasting the love and grace of the gospel with the prevailing patriarchy of the day.

“Solid, biblical scholarship is the foundation and backbone of the egalitarian movement. Our student paper competition spurs new and thoughtful research and encourages budding scholars to join the ranks of those making the case for the shared leadership and service of women and men,” said Dr. Mimi Haddad, president of CBE.

“By tying the student paper competition to our conferences, we not only encourage new scholarship, but we surround student scholars with opportunities to connect with established scholars, activists, and leaders in the egalitarian community,” added Florkime Paye, CBE’s events coordinator.

This year’s winners will present their papers at CBE’s conference, “Becoming New: Man and Woman in Christ,” held in Los Angeles, CA July 24–26.

In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online bookstore and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit

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