The Island of Can’t

The CBE Houston conference for women’s equality will be April 27-28, 2012 at the Heights Church of Christ in Houston, Texas.  We are a very small group of men and women who are working for the equality for all women in their church.  We know from experience that women are given lesser roles and responsibilities in church simply because they were born a woman.

I am tired.  I have worked my equal-but off this week getting ready for the conference.  First one thing, and then the other, and reworking things that we thought that we had already got settled. 

For what?  For women who choose to step inside a church and surrender their Christian passport to the keepers at the door.  They just drop them at the door and instantly become homebound in their church.  They can never experience the joys and frustrations of going wherever the Lord may lead. 

Their passport has been taken away because the “female” box has been checked. 

They smile and sing praises to God and settle for second best.  God, their loving Savior, would love to have them venture out beyond the boundaries set for them.  But they won’t do it.  There is a moat around them filled with laws and rules and things they can’t do.  Moats filled with the alligators who stand up in the pulpit and tell the women that certain travel is not for them.  They are told that they have beautifully and wonderfully designed roles that allow them to clean house, and teach young women, and give their tithe, their time, their talent and their kids to the church, and that they should be thrilled to live on the Island of Can’t.

Will the women understand?  No.  Most won’t.  But I hope you will.  I hope you will not surrender your Christ-given passport when you step inside the door of your church.

There is a group of men and women who are working for your equality.  Please pray for us.  Offer to help us get the word out.  You won’t get accolades, and you won’t get praise.  You might get over-burdened with work, and spend your money and give of yourself for women who don’t seem to care.  Women who have no idea that people are out there with a burden on their heart, and a willingness to give of themselves, so that all women might keep their passport and have the freedom to travel and explore wherever God may lead.

We covet your prayers.

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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7 Responses to The Island of Can’t

  1. We women might away. Maybe it could be one Sunday each month when women say that they’re not willing to accept second class status. Where would the church be without women?
    We’ve heard of women denying their husbands sex until they gave up their fighting – maybe sex could be used to highlight the pig-headed nature of male leaders within our churches.
    Maybe church needs to come with a health warning that indicates women entering through these doors will not be treated as equal. After the theological debates comes action.


    • We hope to make a difference with this conference. On March 28, 2012 there will be a Prayer Walk where we are asking men and women to simply step outside their home door and pray for women’s equality. Will you please help promote this? After that is the conference.


  2. Kristen says:

    I would be there if we had any money for travel. My heart is with you and I’m spreading the word wherever I can. I will Prayer Walk with you.


  3. kbonikowsky says:

    I am thinking of attending. I have family in Houston I might drag with me. Praying for success.


    • We would love to have you! We are going to be doing some really neat things and the day will be packed. We might put you to work! We are also serving some Texas barbeque. Check out our website Another thing: We are asking women who have a story to tell about their calling and about being denied simply because they are a woman. 300-500 words or less. I hope you come.


  4. Mabel says:

    kbonikowsky: we will be so happy to have you come to our conference! We have a truly talented team working out all the details. Talent + Passion + Hard Work + Prayers will ensure that the conference will , if not change lifes, at least plant the right seed of “man and woman, one in Christ”. Would you like to help us get the word out? BTW, Mimi Haddad, president of CBE International, will travel from Minneapolis to attend. May God be honored and glorified.


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