"... although not all Black churches typically ordain women as ‘pastors,’ they nevertheless respected me as ‘a pastor,’ addressed me as such, and gave me the full accord with their male ministers, and outside of my denomination male ministers, they have been the most accepting of me, my call, and my leadership." -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann
"...a new kind of woman is found in Mary and in her connection to and with Jesus:.."
Thanks for sticking with us this first week of Advent as we revisited the previously obscured watchfulness and Advent of our first mother, Eve. Our grand finale features a song by Mother Eve, written to all women and people of the world and song by women from different parts of the world. You should sing… Continue reading Revolutionary Women of Eve’s Advent Sing “Said Eve To Women Everywhere!”
Welcome to Day 6 of Advent! Today, we're using the power of song to tell the story of Eve's Advent - primarily that Eve too, waited for a promise, the fulfillment of which we now celebrate at Christmas time and look forward to in Advent. Songs memorialize our faith, values and beliefs and considering the… Continue reading Eve’s Advent: You Better Watch Out!
"Eve has been directly hit by patriarchy over and over and even in the face of the fulfillment of the promise, patriarchy refuses to let her go! However, we must proclaim that what Eve waited for has come. Eve is free! Patriarchy no longer has a hold over her story!"
"So, suddenly in Genesis 5:3, humans are no longer 'seen' as beings made in God's image. Rather, Adam sees his offspring as beings made in his own image. And suddenly, Eve's name is no longer mentioned...patriarchy has arrived!"
"Eve's hopeful waiting for the promised deliverance laid the ground work for the covenanted people of God to inherit the promises. She expressed her hope in the name of her son, and it wasn't long before others around learned to express a similar hope in God, enough to call upon him!"
"God gave Eve hope by giving her something to look forward to after the temptation and its consequences...God's promise to save, to redeem, etc., first came to us in a woman, Eve!"
"Because too often, the story of redemption has been passed down to us through the voices of the patriarchs (thereby setting the scene for the flourishing of patriarchy) and not through matriarchs and patriarchs (the latter, which would set the tone of mutuality and equality as God intended from the very beginning),..."
"The traditional speech of God is as male and white, and the experiences of those outside those descriptors are denied divinity." -Nicole Perry