All the Priscillas and an Alice in Rome. 

Buon giorno!

We are in Roma! It is blisteringly hot and completely wonderful all at once, and today was packed full of life and learning.

My hope is to give brief updates and photos while on the trip, and then offer a series of reflections that dive deeper into each of the experiences of this fellowship once I’m stateside again. So here is update #1!

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Audio Prep: A Saint, An Artist, A Suffragette, and A Female Pope.

WOOF. There are too many books to read and not enough time. Praise the Lord for podcasts, am I right?!

Stuff You MissedThere are two FANTASTIC podcast groups that are pinch hitting for me with stories of ladies that 1) I don’t have enough time to read a full book on, 2) Could not find a book that I felt would work (some biographies are really biased, see below) or 3) did not know about in the first place (again, see below). The first is “Stuff You Missed in History Class” that, true to its name, encompasses all sorts of random people, places, and events in history that are not adequately given their 15 minutes. They have several episodes on women that we should stand up and pay attention to from all over the world, you can see that list here. The other is called “The History Chicks” which focuses specifically on women in history. See their list here. They’re quality isn’t as great, but the information is still worthwhile if it’s what you’re looking for.

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Book Prep: The Lost Apostle & Church Grandmothers

 

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Around a year ago, I found a list on the Internet (hooray internet!) of every woman listed in the New Testament- named and unnamed, many of which I had never heard stories of as I grew up. With friends and later with a former student, we began to sift through these women and their stories, beginning with the genealogy of Christ at the start of Matthew: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. We researched these grandmothers of Jesus and learned their stories, discussed why their names were included when every other genealogy lists only men. We talked about their seemingly sordid history that we often see as 21st century Americans, and found instead women with courage in circumstances they could not control, women who grew and reached for a larger vision of the world.

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