I was reading earlier today the aims of this writing project:
Wikiklesia: Volume Two will re-examine and re-imagine the roles of women of faith. The purpose of "Taking Flight" is four fold:
* To inspire and challenge. Many in religious circles may agree with the idea of equality in theory and in theology, but often bias and discriminatory practice persists. Even in the most progressive religious circles, women’s leadership is not encouraged nor are women’s contributions acknowledged equally. Volume two, with integrity and grace, poses new perspectives for Christian leaders.
* To inspire women to take flight using contemporary and historical examples. Women of faith represent a latent army of world changers and advocates, that if inspired could affect the world in dramatic ways. An unprecedented, historic window of opportunity is opening at this time.
* To inspire balanced gender participation and representation within Christian community. Faith communities are undergoing change. People are slowly migrating toward a more experiential and participatory settings which de emphasizes hierarchically dominant structures. The opportunity to pursue and implement decentralized structures will not be fully realized without fully integrating women’s perspectives.
* To offer a renewed apologetic to those outside the faith. It is abundantly obvious from “secular” practice that women are equally gifted for service and world leadership. The church must broaden and renegotiate its theological anthropology to recognize the radical nature of Jesus valuation of women and thus take its right place in the world.