Atlantic Society for Biblical Equality

Workshop One by Dr. Anna Robbins

20 13 ASBE Conference  

Dr. Anna Robbins’ Workshop


Workshop Summary

Workshop Title:  Keep on Teachin'! How Culture Shapes Our Perceptions of Women's Roles Inside and Outside of Church

Is capitulation to culture responsible for the move to endorse women as leaders in the church? In this workshop, we will explore how culture shapes the view of Christians and their interpretation of scripture in relation to the leadership of women in the church.

Workshop Outline


A. Experience of Cultural formation and transformation

• What has been your cultural experience of the role of women in the church and the world?


A. How culture shapes our views of Scripture, church and world

• How has your culture shaped your view of God?

• How has your culture shaped your view of gender roles?

B.  The Present state of play: Opportunities and Challenges

• What is the present state of play regarding equality in the church where you are?

• Why are things the way they are? What things should be affirmed?  What things need to be changed?


A. Potential Trends: Negative and Positive

• What trends point to more or less equality where you are?

• What worries you most?

• What encourages you most?

• How can transformation come about?

• What is your role?

Questions for Workshop Attendees

What questions, experiences, expectations do I bring to this session?

What do I take away from the session?

How can I use it in my life this week? This year?

How can I use it in my life this week? This year?


Quotation from Dorothy Sayers Are Women Human?

"Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man—there never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as ‘The women, God help us!’ or “The ladies, God bless them!’; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody could possibly guess from the words and Jesus that there was anything ‘funny’ about woman’s nature."

"But we might easily deduce it from His contemporaries, and from His prophets before Him, and from His Church to this day. Women are not human; nobody shall persuade that they are human; let them say what they like, we will not believe, though One rose from the dead."

How Culture Shapes our Perceptions of Equality





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Upcoming ASBE Event

Aug 22, 2015, 12:15 - Annual General Meeting at Wolfville Baptist Church. A light lunch will be served as we discuss and dream about the future of ASBE.

 Past ASBE Events

Aug 23 & 24, 2014 - ASBE Seminars at CABC OasisCrandall University, Moncton, NB by Dr. Glenn Wooden

Sep 27 & 28, 2013 - 2013 ASBE Conference at Crandall University, Moncton, NB Keynote Speakers were Dr. Philip B. Payne and Dr. Anna Robbins.


Aug 10 & 11, 2013 - ASBE Seminars at CABC Oasis, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS.

June 3, 2013 - Fourth Members' Annual General meeting and Workshops were held at First Baptist Church in Amherst, NS.

Side by Side: Men and Women for Biblical Equality conference was held at Crandall University, Moncton NB, September 30 and October 1, 2011. 

Opportunities to Serve You

ASBE seeks to serve the Christians and Churches of Atlantic Canada.  We are looking for invitations from churches, groups of churches, or organizations to do presentations, workshops, or mini-conferences. It would be a privilege to serve you. 


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