Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the necessity of women in all areas of humankind. This and many other celebrations are necessary in a world filled with sexism and misogyny that diminishes the power and agency of women. The #MeToo and #ChurchToo hashtags have only served as further evidence that the church needs to spend far more time celebrating the presence of women in society. At The Justice Conference, we believe in women’s empowerment because each woman deserves to have their God-given dignity affirmed.
Beyond affirmation, we believe that the wisdom of women should also be centered and heard within the church, which is why we have invited some of the most insightful voices in the church to grace our stage at our annual Justice Conference. Here are 5 books from women that we are honored to have as part of our TJC Family. Thank God for women!
1. Disunity in Christ by Dr. Christena Cleveland
Christena Cleveland is a powerful voice for justice and equality in the church today. Her extensive research is best displayed in her award-winning book Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Cleveland gives a blueprint for the church to overcome its tragic division and push toward a truly unified, reconciled church. Watch Christena’s stirring plenary talk from the Main Stage at the 2017 Justice Conference!
2. Welcoming the Stranger by Jenny Yang
From lobbying Congress for policy changes to advocating for the rights of DACA Dreamers, Jenny Yang is a pioneering voice of solidarity for the compassionate treatment of immigrants and refugees. In Welcoming the Stranger, her and fellow World Relief staffer Matthew Soerens tackle the complicated issue of immigration with dignity and honesty. Watch Jenny’s talk about justice and compassion from the Main Stage at the 2017 Justice Conference!
3. How to Fix a Broken Record by Amena Brown
Spoken Word Poet and 2017 Justice Conference host Amena Brown is a winsome, barrier-breaking voice in the justice community. How to Fix a Broken Record shares her journey of healing in a signature artistic style. Her reflections teach us to reject negativity and embrace who we are with joy. Watch the fun dialogue that another amazing woman Angie Hong, and I had with Amena backstage at the 2017 Justice Conference!
4. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
Ann Voskamp is no stranger to The Justice Conference community. Most recently she has been a fierce advocate for the dignity of all refugees with her organization We Welcome Refugees, co-founded by our very own Vickie Reddy. In her latest book The Broken Way, Ann teaches the church how to walk the broken path of the Cross for the sake of loving God faithfully and others more consistently. Be sure to listen to the conversation that Angie Hong and I had with Ann backstage at the 2017 Justice Conference!
5. The Next Worship by Sandra Van Opstal
Sandra Van Opstal has spent years devoted to the people of Chicago. Her palpable passion has consistently been directed toward advocating for the dignity and compassion of every human being on the margins. In The Next Worship, she shares how the church can embrace true diversity in worship and lifestyle. Listen to Sandra’s challenging talk on the main stage at the 2017 Justice Conference!