Women's Empowerment Statement
Written and Approved by the Female Members and Elders of Paradox Church
As the Elders of Paradox, we are charged to cultivate the spiritual life of our church.
This responsibility compels us to make a statement of full celebration and affirmation for women everywhere.
We came to this conclusion after several years of extended study in the Holy Bible, sustained prayer asking for God’s guidance, and growing in relationship as a church body.
Therefore, may everyone who comes into contact with us know that we here at Paradox...
...worship a Divine Being who embodies characteristics of all genders, and we equally celebrate feminine, masculine, and gender-neutral images and metaphors for God.
...live with the conviction that women are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Christ.
...recognize that the feminine perspective is necessary for understanding the Holy Bible.
...ordain female pastors with equal spiritual authority and promote women at all levels of church leadership.
... …advocate for every person’s sacred right to bodily autonomy. We trust women to make choices about their bodies, including clothing, health care, abortion, sexuality, and wellbeing. We stand in solidarity around this empowerment and commit to speaking up against all forms of sexism and misogyny.
...believe survivors of sexual harassment and assault and commit to making Paradox a safe space for all.
...acknowledge the critical importance of intersectionality in feminism, recognizing that multiple factors such as race, sexuality, and class inform the feminine experience. These all contribute to various degrees of oppression and inequality that women face. At Paradox, we commit to holding space for these realities.
...appreciate all identities and gender expressions within womanhood including trans women and all variations of gender for those who identify as women.
... celebrate the diversity of femininity, the positivity of all body shapes and sizes, and every woman’s individuality, including her role in the body of Christ and the greater community.
We say and commit to all of these things in order to bring glory and honor to God, to love others as we love ourselves, and to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul.
The Elders of Paradox Church