justice is more than equality

kathyescobar equality, incarnational, injustice, synchroblog 14 Comments

*october’s syncroblogy–other bloggers writing on the same topic–is what is social justice, really? i’m way off on a blog groove these days, but this is a topic i really love.  i’ll post a link list tomorrow morning so you can can check out a variety of other posts on the same topic. * * * * * my dad was a true-blue hippie in berkeley during the 60’s 70’s. when it was his weekend to take me (my parents were divorced when i was 5) he …

abusive pastors & the crazy $(&*@#%! they get away with

kathyescobar church stuff, crazy making, injustice, leadership, rants 35 Comments

i know some really amazing pastors in this world–dedicated and humble men and women who love people so well and truly care about their congregations and groups. some have the official title “pastor”and some don’t. i wholeheartedly believe there are lots of ways to pastor that are not properly valued and so many people pastor and shepherd others without titles, money, or power. but there’s almost nothing worse to me than “pastors” who have created power structures that serve them and who take advantage of people’s …

educate, advocate, agitate.

kathyescobar equality, ex good christian women, injustice, rants, women in ministry 22 Comments

in july i had the privilege of attending a banquet at the christians for biblical equality conference in pittsburgh. i couldn’t participate in the entire conference because of my kiddos, but my daughter and i went for the evening because they gave me the “priscilla & aquila award” for standing up against gender inequality in the church. it was an unexpected surprise earlier in the year and definitely an honor.  i was also grateful to hear from such passionate and dear men and women dedicated to …

white privilege, male privilege, straight privilege, economic privilege

kathyescobar equality, healing, injustice 25 Comments

i will never know what it’s like to be a person of color.  i can only listen and learn from my friends & family who are. i will never know what it’s like to be gay.  i can only listen and learn from my friends & family who are. i will likely never know what it’s like to be poor and live in section 8 housing.  i can only listen and learn from my friends & family who are. but i do know what it’s like …

why sometimes i get sad

kathyescobar crazy making, equality, fundamentalism, injustice, leadership, women in ministry 107 Comments

last month a mainline pastor from a small town outside of denver got in touch with me to see if i would be willing to come speak to their high school’s baccalaureate service in may.  they were looking for a female pastor, someone who would inspire the kids & open up some doors that hadn’t been opened previously by some of the standard baccalaureate sermons/messages. i really appreciated his enthusiasm & desire to press the envelope a little (and the date worked for jose & i …