As a Swedenborgian, who grew up far outside any GC “society”, I had many opportunities in my childhood to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the other religious organizations around me. My family drove the hour to church each Sunday, but we were often the only family with kids to show up. My friends were mostly Mormons (with a few Catholics and a Protestant thrown in).
With Mormons, discussing your religion and comparing it to other perspectives is common practice. I had frequent conversations throughout my childhood where I was asked to compare my Swedenborgian faith to others. These friendly conversations became very satisfying to me; the more I analyzed the doctrines of the people around me the more impressed I became with the clarity and consistency of the New Christianity.
However, I still deeply envied my Mormon friends. For although the logic of their church was “iffy”, the practices of their organization were admirable. As a girl, I was particularly struck by what the Mormon church offered my girlfriends. Every Wednesday night they met with Mormon women to learn from them and to do activities and charity work together. They went on trips with other girls. They read articles in their Mormon magazines specifically for them. They received encouragement, guidance and support in a form only women can provide other women. They had a truly healthy and vibrant “women’s ministry”, as it is called in the Christian world. I saw the beauty of it and I wanted it too.
As I’ve continued to observe other religious organizations I’ve grown more confused. Whether Catholic, Baptist or Jewish, everyone else seems to have some system in place for women to support and nurture women. Why doesn’t the General Church?
Maybe she needs a little help.
New Christian Woman is an attempt to regain some forward motion in the General Church’s women’s ministry. This blog is run by a collection of GC women from around the world. We each may have our personal soapboxes we like to stand on from time to time, but all of us desire community. We want to kindle friendships, share ideas, and offer and receive support from other women who are trying to live their lives with the Lord God Jesus Christ as their guide.
New Christian Woman strives to celebrate all things feminine (in the Heavenly Doctrines definition of the term). Here we are endeavoring to provide a positive, safe, and inspiring outlet for General Church Women to nurture and support each other in all aspects of their life, whether weighty matters of religion or the trivia of the daily drudge.
Do these words resonate with you? Please join us!