Christians for Biblical Equality President to Teach Class on Gender Equality and Christianity

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Christians for Biblical Equality’s president, Dr. Mimi Haddad, will teach on gender equality and Christianity at Fuller Seminary’s Colorado Springs, CO campus, April 2016.

Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is pleased to announce that its president, Dr. Mimi Haddad, also a faculty member of Fuller Theological Seminary, will teach a spring 2016 class on women in Christianity. The class, Women in Church History and Theology, will be taught over three weekends, April 15-16, April 29-30, and May 13-14 at Fuller Seminary’s Colorado Springs, CO campus.

The course is an introduction to the leadership, theological contributions, and experiences of women from the Old Testament to the twentieth century. The class will consider the historical, theological, and philosophical assumptions that limited or affirmed women’s participation in church and religious life in different eras.

According to Dr. Haddad, the course will equip students to engage critically and thoughtfully with contemporary debates surrounding women’s leadership in the church, home, and society. “Many students, even seminary students, have little knowledge of the real history of women in the church and of the theology surrounding women’s leadership. Too often, churches have fed Christians the popular and simple, but false narrative that patriarchal ‘gender roles’ and the philosophy of ‘equal in value but different in role’ or authority are biblical and traditional. Nothing could be further from the truth. As students learn a more robust understanding of theology, history, and philosophy, they perceive a better Christian worldview based on sound biblical and historical data. As a result, they often become staunch advocates for the full inclusion of women in all leadership capacities.”

Haddad has taught the course previously, in 2014 and 2015, at Fuller Seminary’s Houston, TX campus. This spring will be the first time it is offered at the Colorado Springs campus.

Fuller and CBE have a history of partnership in advocacy for women’s equality in the church. Fuller is a member of CBE and was the title sponsor of CBE’s 2015 conference in Los Angeles. Fuller faculty and alumni have been active as writers, speakers, and leaders for CBE over the years. Several, including former Fuller president Dr. Richard Mouw, have been recognized with CBE’s Lifetime Achievement Awards for their advocacy.

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 http://www.cbeinternational.org.

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