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Christianity is no stranger to controversy over the role of women in the church (or in the home). As media reports of abuse, toxic masculinity, and institutional sexism—both within and outside of the church—flood our screens and inboxes, it can be challenging for people of faith to process our current cultural moment in a way that is distinctly Christian. This reading group focuses on that question—how do we productively think about Christian theology, community, and the controversies over gender roles?
Led by historian of American religion, Maggie Flamingo, this group will center on two recent works of history—Kristin du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne and Beth Allison Barr’s The Making of Biblical Womanhood—and draw on excerpts from other works to glean perspectives outside the scope of American conservative Christianity.
Meeting Times and Location
Tuesdays – Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
15 (we will have a waitlist)
Maggie Flamingo is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW-Madison History Department, where she studies modern America. Her research focuses on the intellectual and religious history of the doctrine of divorce and remarriage within American evangelicalism. Her teaching specialty is the American culture wars. She also teaches constitutional history part-time in a Madison middle school.
Attendees will need to purchase these books, which are available through multiple sellers.