When I first used “egalitarian” in reference to myself, I looked around and saw almost no Christian willing to give an amen. I’m pretty sure only 2 out of my 691 Facebook friends identify as egalitarian. I might have been the first person in my circle of friends to say “feminist” without rolling my eyes.
Some issues, questions, and jokes don’t need the common ground of egalitarianism. But some do, especially when I’m wondering how marriage is supposed to work after reading only Created to Be His Helpmate spin-offs, or where to find an affordable swimsuit, or what happens if a female pastor gets pregnant. It gets exhausting and discouraging to drag myself back to the beginning and explain why Ephesians 5 doesn’t support complementarianism, how women’s bodies aren’t purely sexual, and that there’s historical and Biblical precedent for women leading and teaching men.
Sometimes, I need an egalitarian perspective on a practical issue. And sometimes, I want to discuss things other than gender, like theology, relationships, and what radio station to listen to on my morning commute. Now that I know what it means to be egalitarian, I want to live what it means to be human — body, heart, mind, and soul, make-up, heartbreak, news, and prayer.
That’s why I’m starting Ezer. There are many quality sites making the historical and exegetical argument for women’s full inclusion in the church and home (like this one, this one, this one, and this one). I read every post, and I’m going to write a few posts of my own on egalitarianism. But here, I want to also talk about meal planning and making friends, wake-up routines and prayer corners, bestsellers and personality types, with women who share similar views on what it means to be Christian and feminine.
Since the egalitarian community is small in my corner of the world, I’d love to create that community here, on this blog. Maybe you’re looking for an egalitarian community too? I’d love to hear about your search for an egalitarian community and what you’d be interested in discussing when you found one.