FAQs – What’s been the trajectory of misogyny in emerging ministry?

The following is a comment I made on Tony Jones on Mark Driscoll: Which came first, the thug or the theology?

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@Danica, I think you’re bringing up very important information that highlights core gender issues.

Seems to me Emergent Village and other streams from the “emerging ministry” movement lost out.

There is a long line of movements that connect the gender-equality dots over the last 50 years. For instance, there was what was called at the time “the first men’s movement” — men who did what they could to be supportive partners for wives, mothers, sisters, friends, women of the community in the women’s rights movements of the 1960s and ’70s.

There was the challenge of the broadside/pamphlet in the African-American communities of the 1970s and ’80s, “Is you or ain’t you a brother?” to address domestic violence issues as gender-equal partners.

All the way to Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign speech at the United Nations on 20 September 2014, inviting men to embrace gender-equality as an issue that brings freedom to both women and men.

Connecting those dots creates a line whose trajectory initially appeared to go right through the emerging-to-Emergent movement of the late 1990s and into the 2000s decade. It seemed E.V. was behind that all the way. But as the line has moved on and we tilt the perspective, it seems E.V. truly was literally stationed *behind* that point, but not on the line itself, figuratively traveling on it into the future. Which is sad.

This may be part of why some of us from that ever-so-long-ago “emerging” movement ultimately ended up finding more affinity within parts of the missional movement. There it wasn’t so much about deconstructing theological concepts for reconstructing a theoretical utopia, but in working side-by-side as partners in social transformation enterprises that fit the context of the communities the Spirit planted us in. In my experiences of working virtually with teams in the US and UK, it hasn’t mattered which person of what gender — or generation — generated the ideas or facilitated the planning or implementation or evaluation or revision.

Hopefully this thread will help people connect onto that kind of gender-parity trajectory …

[SEE ALSO Brother Maynard’s comment on this thread.]