A few months ago a few of us had a conversation on Twitter in which we discussed the possibility of changing the shape of the conversations surrounding gender, Christianity, and the Church. Although we came from a number of different perspectives, we all felt that there was a need to resist the entrenched polarization that can exist in debates around subjects such as complementarianism and egalitarianism, to take the time to listen to, understand, learn from, and challenge each other. We also had a shared conviction that—whatever theological positions we may hold—the Church hasn’t recognized, nurtured, welcomed, and engaged women and their gifts as it should and that we should reflect on how such a situation can be changed.
The idea lay dormant for a while, but a month and a half ago we started a collaborative blog in which to have such a conversation in public. We have blogged privately for a while but today we are going live.
Welcome to Passing the Salt Shaker
Our hope is that this blog will be a place of friendly, respectful, stimulating, and enjoyable conversation in which we break differences down to size, imaginatively re-frame positions in a way that enables us to work past certain impasses, learn to disagree well, sharpen our thinking, grow to understand, appreciate, and learn from those with whom we disagree, and provide Christians and churches with an impetus and example for thinking through these pressing questions.
The conversation doesn’t belong to any person or party. We want it to be for the benefit of all. There won’t be any comments on the blog itself, but I am sure that each of us would love to hear any thoughts that you might have by e-mail.