Woe to Churches Shaming Women and Protecting Abusers

Woe to Churches Shaming Women and Protecting Abusers

“It’s just the way of the world.” “It is what it is.” Take or leave it, this explains the eschatology I was raised with. We were “so heavenly minded” that we were “no earthly good.” We focused on saving ourselves and to hell with the rest of the world quite literally....
Why It’s Never Too Late for Healing

Why It’s Never Too Late for Healing

I was chatting with a new friend of my generation about the changing circumstances in which we live. I am a rabbi, though out of the congregational setting after more than 35 years, and he is a pediatrician. Each of us acknowledged that certain practices that were...
Emerging Voices | Stopping Church Sexual Assault

Emerging Voices | Stopping Church Sexual Assault

It happened again. This time, tears welled in my eyes as I turned up the volume to watch a video of a brave survivor courageously sharing her story of being sexually assaulted by a Baptist pastor from my college town. Anger filled me as I remembered how I had trusted...
Women in Church: Are They Being Heard Yet?

Women in Church: Are They Being Heard Yet?

It’s easy to pay lip service to equality, but putting beliefs into practice is another matter. Along with many friends, I have experience of church contexts where women are supposedly equal and valued, yet curiously invisible unless they’re fulfilling certain roles or...