Conference for Biblical gender equality coming

Are biblical authority and male/female equality as incompatible as Mac software on a PC?

Eastern University will play host to this and other gender-related questions at the ninth annual Christians for Biblical Equality conference entitled One Body, Many Gifts. From July 29-31, hundreds of biblical scholars, church workers and interested individuals will gather to explore the charge of Galatians 3:28 (NRSV): “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

CBE is a non-profit organization comprised of individuals and church members from more than 80 denominations who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women, all ethnic groups and all economic classes.

Since the Bible’s view of gender is so controversial, many individuals who believe the gospel teaches equality feel isolated in their churches and homes. As CBE is dedicated to both academic scholarship and personal support, this meeting will provide an opportunity for people involved in egalitarian ministry to dialogue, fellowship, worship, pray and learn.

One Body, Many Gifts will feature multiple sessions and workshops on topics ranging from Paul and the Leadership of Women to Sex Trafficking to Gift-Based Marriage.

Eastern students have an added reason to attend the conference, as professors Médine Moussounga Keener, Mary Stuart Van Leeuwen and Dave Unander, along with university chaplain Joe Modica, will be presenting. In addition to hearing familiar teachers, students will receive registration discounts and may be eligible for scholarships. For more information, visit or contact

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