Hello there! My name is Abigail and welcome to my blog! I am currently a graduate student at DePaul University working towards my masters in women's and gender studies. I also work as a data manager for HIV research related to LGBT youth in Chicago. I am Christian who loves Jesus and loves people.
I was raised Catholic, but never had much of a connection to God. After getting involved with a campus ministry in college, my faith evolved from blindly following rules out of fear, into a loving relationship with Christ rooted in His grace, mercy, and unconditional love.
About the same time during college, I took a course called "Psychology of Women." During the class, I began to realize how deep sexism is rooted in our society and institutions. became fascinated with gender issues, how people saw gender, and bringing up topics for conversation relating to women's issues.
As I became more and more passionate and involved with both Christianity and feminism, I noticed that the campus ministry I was involved with did not see eye-to-eye with me about certain gender issues. I prayed and did research on scripture, but even when I felt the peace from Christ about identifying as a feminist, my campus ministry peers continued to question me or shrug off my feelings. Soon after being told to not marry because of my beliefs regarding gender roles, Patrick and I decided to disassociate with the ministry that had been so meaningful and transformational in our lives.
What I hope to accomplish with this blog, and with my life really, is to show that Christianity and feminism are not mutually exclusive movements. While I believe that some aspects of each movement directly contradict the other, I believe the basic tenants of love, acceptance, and respect are found in both. I realize that not everyone will always agree on everything, but I think marvelous things can happen if we engage in dialogue that is rooted in building coalition.
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I am a Christian. I am a feminist. Let's talk.