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Just Women is the Disciples Women’s Ministries endorsed study material. 2017 is the ninth year of publication. It is offered via subscription: online or by calling (317) 713-2665 or by completing subscription form and sending with your check to:
IDWM-Just Women, PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986

2017 Theme ~ Justice and Freedom for All

Winter Bible Study (December 1st renewal due)

Freedom: Promise and Struggle

The theme of freedom weaves through the scriptures from the creation story in Genesis; to the Exodus accounts of freedom for the Israelites; to Jesus’ ministry of freedom for those on the margins; to the early church and its message of freedom in Christ. At the same time, Christians have not always understood this theme, as demonstrated by 19thcentury preachers who used the scriptures to condone slavery. This eight-session Bible study is intended to offer insights on the promise and struggle for freedom from biblical to contemporary times. Studies can be used on their own or in a series, by groups or individuals.  We have re-ordered and sold out previous Bible study issues of Just Women. Advance ordering for the Bible study will begin in August 2016, with the deadline for ordering Dec. 1, 2016.  Writers and topics for the 2017 Bible study include the following:

Marti J. Steussy
God creates humans with freedom – and restrictions (Gen 2:15-3:19)
God’s promises for those on the margins (Ps 146)

Dr. Cynthia Hale
Jesus frees a boy of epilepsy (Matt 17:14-20/21)
Freedom and discipleship (John 8:31-38)

Dr. Katy Valentine
God calls Moses to bring the Hebrews out of Egypt (Exodus 3:1-12)
Slavery in Paul’s letters (1 Cor 7:21-24)
Paul’s message to Philemon (Philemon)

Rev. Dr. Cheryl N. Dibeela
Mary’s song of praise for God’s promises (Luke 1:39-56)

Spring (March 1st renewal deadline)

Women Breaking Free

In this issue, you’ll get an update on the achievements of both lay and ordained women in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Learn more about women in the church as Dr. Sharon Watkins, the first woman to head a mainline Protestant denomination, concludes her term in 2017 as DOC General Minister and President. Get updates about issues women face around the globe, including those caught up in human trafficking. Find out more about how women have influenced our church’s history and continue to shape it today. This issue will also begin a series of stories from the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide journey to South Africa and Ghana.  (A four session study guide will be available as a free download.)

Summer (June 1st renewals due)

Race and Reality: A Justice Check

Events of the last decade – from the election of the nation’s first Black president, to the killing of unarmed Black men by police, to the slaughter of nine Black church members at their weekly Bible study by an avowed white supremacist –  have brought race into public conversation in the last decade.  Read about the Disciples Reconciliation Ministry, how pastors and lay leaders are working for change, and the ways that institutional racism collides with the “message of reconciliation that has been entrusted to us” (2 Cor 5:19).  Also featured will be stories about the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide 2016 journey to South Africa and Ghana. (A four-session study guide will be available as a free download.)

Fall (September 1st renewals due)

The Age of Mass Incarceration

The U.S. has the highest prison population (more than two million) and the second highest incarceration rate (698 per 100,000 population in 2013) in the world (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States); moreover, African Americans make up a disproportionate share of this population. Yet these statistics oversimplify a complex problem that is riddled with injustice. In this issue of Just Women, readers will discover how the church is following its call to “proclaim release to the captives” (Luke 4:18b) in the midst of this “prison-industrial complex.” Learn about prison chaplaincy, ministries for children whose parents are incarcerated, and the reality of life after prison. The issue will feature concluding stories from the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide 2016 journey to South Africa and Ghana.  (A four-session study guide will be available as a free download.)