In the contemporary church, women are held back from positions of authority and leadership simply because they are women. Gender matters instead of gifting or calling. From the pulpit to the home front of marriage, women of faith are taught that men lead and women assist. But is this biblical? Has God created women for helper roles?
In her book, Unladylike: Resisting the Injustice of Inequality in the Church, author Pam Hogeweide confronts the patriarchal view of women that has been mistaken as God's divine will. Not so, writes Pam, who dismantles the discrimination of women in churches by reexamining her beliefs. Pam tells how she changed from being neutral about the roles of women in the church when she realized it was an issue of justice rather than theology.
Combining history, theology and vivid storytelling, Unladylike is a call to women and men of faith to join Pam in resisting the injustice of inequality in the church.
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About the Author
A former contributing author for Off the Map, Pam's writing style has been categorized by many as engaging and inspiring.
Growing up in the neon-drenched city of Las Vegas, Pam became a follower of Jesus when she was barely out of high school. Instead of going to college, Pam joined Youth with a Mission and served in Hong Kong for seven years.
Pam says her mission in life is "to be the most effective communicator I can be for the sake of others," and she is currently pursuing a communication degree at Marylhurst University.
When she's not busy with her husband and two teenagers, Pam can be found hanging out with her faith community in north Portland, The Bridge, "one of the rowdiest churches I've ever been a part of," she says.
You can find Pam at her blog or on Facebook and Twitter. She's not hard to spot: she's the loud one with the pretty tattoos.