We here at the Women’s Center at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) are excited to be introducing our new blog, Wimminwise!
We are excited about the communications possibilities. The blog gives us as much, or as little, space as we need to get our message across. We know it’s good discipline to be brief, but there’s often more to say about a program or event than just when and where it’s going to be. Often, we want to be able to say why the event is happening, what makes it an important concern for members of a faith community, how it affects and involves women, where people can find out more (much, much more) about it, and so on. In the posts of Wimminwise, the blog, we will be able to say all that.
We are excited about the theological possibilities. The Women’s Center is more than a place where people, women especially, gather; the Women’s Center is a place of mission. Part of that mission is calling people to theological reflection around issues raised by the gendered nature of created humanity. All of our programs proceed from, respond to and issue that call, but sometimes the theological underpinnings and relevance of a particular program could be clearer and more explicit. We think this new blog, which is an invitation to think out loud and to converse with others who are thinking out loud as well, could make the theology behind the Women’s Center’s programs and activities come alive for more people.
We are excited about the relationships the blog seems likely to make possible. Part of the Women’s Center’s mission is advocacy. We are looking forward to being able to build links – literally, with hypertext, and also figuratively, through networking and support – with other organizations, resources, and people who are working in the same areas. We are also looking forward to having more dialogue with our readers. [On that score, our comment policy will seek to align itself with Louisville Seminary’s governing guidelines for dialogue, “Seeking to Be Faithful Together”.]
We are a little apprehensive as well, but only a little. The challenges of setting up the blog have taxed our frankly limited skills a bit, but so far not intolerably. We hope to learn more as we go, and to avoid most of the deeper pitfalls.
This is the place to thank, profusely and with tremendous gratitude, our key advisors Carolyn Cardwell, Michelle Melton, and Bridget Couch; David Sawyer, especially for the encouraging example; Brian Bailey and Terry Storch (authors of The Blogging Church); and the entire Gender and Ministry Committee (for its enthusiastic go-ahead). Dean David Hester very sanely [and, as it turned out, accurately] noted that it sounded like it would take a lot of time, but supported the effort anyway – thank you! Special thanks, as ever, to Dr. Johanna Bos, Dora Pierce Professor of Old Testament Studies, for her touching expressions of complete confidence, even when it was pretty clear we still didn’t know what we were doing. Of course, none of these people are responsible for our various omissions, lapses in judgment, and failures to follow their good advice.
This is also the place to say that, while the Women’s Center is affiliated with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the views expressed in the pages and posts of Wimminwise are those of the authors alone, who are solely responsible for the content of Wimminwise. They do not constitute official positions or statements of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.