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Human (Women) Questions, so far in February

February 2, 2012

It’s February, and with that annual marker comes Black History Month [the USA]. It’s such an important moment when the history of an entire community gets elevated, but also such a frustrating reminder of how every other month is white history month. When will [we humans] get past this kind of marginalization?

Despite this, it is good to be reminded to dig a bit deeper and examine the specific history of a community that has been so integral to the fabric of this [American] country. We have a lot of ground to make up for when it comes to the history we learn. In addition, the political climate has become so hostile that some states and communities are actively excluding people of color from education.

I also find it important to note Black women’s history in these moments, because sexism does impact the way Black history is told. This year’s theme has a specific focus that supports this:

This year’s theme “Black Women in American Culture and History” honors African American women and the myriad of roles they played in the shaping of our nation.

—  Miriam Perez

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So this is my question to the Anglo-Catholics: If you accept that Queen Elizabeth II, a laywoman, can appoint diocesan bishops and delegate to them authority and the right to celebrate sacraments, why can you not allow that a woman appointed by her as a bishop can appoint a male subordinate bishop and delegate to him authority and the right to celebrate sacraments?

Peter Kirk

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So does all of this make me a “religious poet”?

I’m sorry that seeing this picture made you uncomfortable — that was never my intention. In the communities where I pray, it’s common to see women wearing tallit and tefillin, but I know that’s not true across the Jewish world.

But I’m glad you were able to reach a place of “why not”? 🙂

— Rachel Barenblat (aka The Velveteen Rabbi)

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John Piper wants a “masculine Christianity.” What do you think?

“God has chosen to liken Himself to a female and we are the fruit of His womb.”
– John Calvin

Rachel Held Evans

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