Associated Baptist Press Petition asks gender role group to repent
Equality will not happen by osmosis. It must be planned for. Shirley gives some steps for bringing this about.
Shirley Taylor chosen as a New Author for John Cooper School Signature Author Event. Dethroning Male Headship has been Chosen by the John Cooper School for their 9th Annual Signature Series, Shirley is one of 18 new local authors.
Shirley Taylor on website for 101 Great Sources for Domestic Violence Prevention . Posts discuss various aspects of being a Christian woman and emphasize feminist values pertaining to equality and treatment. The site is a great read for getting a realistic picture of where we are as a country on equality issues. (#91 - category Related Sources.)
Shirley's article in the October 2013 issue of Arise online newsletter published by Christians for Biblical Equality International
Much has been written about the role of women in the church, especially since the Southern Baptist Convention adopted the Baptist Faith & Message 2000. In Dethroning Male Headship, Shirley Taylor outlines the history of such teachings and notes the 1988 publication of the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood as key to understanding the issue.
She defines two primary views on woman’s position in the church and at home—egalitarianism and complementarianism. Taylor explains egalitarianism means women and men are created “equal—no buts” and have no pre-assigned “roles of authority or submission based on gender.” She indicates writers of the Danvers Statement coined the term complementarianism, meaning men and women have specific, complementary roles which “define manhood and womanhood.” For the male, that translates into authority. For the woman, it involves submission. She is declared “equal—but” and is to hold lesser positions at church and at home. Some have expanded complementarianism outside of religion and teach that men have authority over women in all situations all of the time.
Dethroning Male Headship offers a well-documented look at the results of male headship in the home, the church and society. Taylor provides numerous scriptural references, including passages not only to specific women but also to the Ten Commandments and the Apostle Paul’s teachings. Although the co-founder of the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition strongly favors egalitarianism, she challenges readers to study the issue and formulate their own views.
Kathy Robinson Hillman, first vice president
Baptist General Convention of Texas
bWe Baptist Women for Equality’s blog discusses the particular struggles that women have in the patriarchy of Baptist churches and how hard they must work to overcome these obstacles.
Weight of a Snowflake
"How much does a snowflake weigh? Almost nothing, but one snowflake upon another can cause a tree limb to break. This is my snowflake. I add it to the weight of all those others who have come to realize that women should claim the equality that is already given them by Almighty God."
(Shirley Taylor from interview with John Pierce of Baptists Today 2009).
“However, I wouldn't underestimate the impact of one Texas woman's snowflake.” - John Pierce, Baptists Today