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This is the All at Once podcast for women and those who love them. We are God’s image bearers exploring ways religion has been distorted to silence the marginalized and justify abuse. We are Christians, seeking to comfort, heal, and free people from the pain caused by our own religion. We carry much, like all of humanity, All at Once. To God be the glory.

All at Onc‪e‬ Kelly Browning

    • Christianity
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This is the All at Once podcast for women and those who love them. We are God’s image bearers exploring ways religion has been distorted to silence the marginalized and justify abuse. We are Christians, seeking to comfort, heal, and free people from the pain caused by our own religion. We carry much, like all of humanity, All at Once. To God be the glory.

    Abuse, shame, a faithful God, and me: Meet your Host!

    Abuse, shame, a faithful God, and me: Meet your Host!

    Join Kelly Browning, producer of All At Once, as she shares the heart and purpose of the All At Once podcast, as well as the motivation behind what we hope to achieve through it.

    • 22 min
    Biblical womanhood: Defined. A closer look at Proverbs 31

    Biblical womanhood: Defined. A closer look at Proverbs 31

    When we silence a part of the Church, then the Church and the world will fail to see the fullness of who God is.



    Laura Porterfield joins us today to discuss Proverbs 31 and how it has often been used to prescribe a gender role for women to faithfully morph themselves into.  This kind of rigid thinking produces shame and the feeling of being deeply flawed when a woman doesn’t fit that mold.



    As we look at the many examples of Godly women specifically named in the Bible, we notice that they are a very diverse group of women.  They do not conform to a single list of traits or duties, but they each use their unique gifts and circumstances to bring glory to God through faith and obedience.  Interestingly, one thing that they did have in common is that they were not quiet.  They were brave and strong.  



    Many people see this passage as a guide to women.  It is actually a guide to a son from his mother on what to look for in a wife.  People also use the passage as a sort of checklist for women, but it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of character traits.  In our current Christian culture, we also tend to focus on certain parts of the passage that fit the mold of our prescribed role for women, while skimming over traits that do not fit the mold easily.  



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    Living fully into who God made you to be, without feeling like we need to hold back on the ways we are gifted or the talents that we have is God’s design for us.



    Nowhere in this chapter is this woman defined by her husband.  She is her own person. A serious and common misconception is that a Godly woman’s spiritual life, economic life, and daily life are dependent on and revolve around her husband. This is not the case with the Proverbs 31 woman.  Her husband has full confidence in her and praises and honors her.  



    She parents by example, which is so much more powerful than just talking.



    When we say that women can’t speak in church or can’t teach men, then those aspects of who God is are hidden, and our theology becomes distorted.  There are aspects of who God is that we can learn from people who see different sides of Him.



    There is no one way to be a woman of God any more than there is one way to be a man of God.  The summation of the law is to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself.



    There are so many ways to be a Godly man and woman. We hope this episode frees you and is a part of your healing and reconciliation back to your Creator. You are loved and celebrated, just as you are, wherever you are. 



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    • 42 min
    Hold up, I'm a complementarian. Can I still support women in church leadership? YES!

    Hold up, I'm a complementarian. Can I still support women in church leadership? YES!

    Laura Seifert joins us today! Christian culture has created a rigid way of thinking forcing us to choose one ideology and reject the other: Complementarianism or Egalitarianism. This is simply not true.  It is okay to exist outside of either of the two camps, to take what we see as good and beneficial from each, and to form our own views.  



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    Our guest on this episode, Laura Seifert, believes that women are equally called by God to teach, speak, lead, be elders, and more.  Laura shares with us the story of her journey to where she is now as a pastor who teaches both men and women.



    In this episode, we talk about the message that we often receive as women, to stay in our lane, and our lane is to teach women.  We often hear explicitly or implicitly that we are unqualified to teach men.  But we need to start asking the question, “What is cultural and what is scriptural?”  



    Laura shares with us that the story of Mary Magdalene at the tomb after Jesus’ resurrection was significantly impactful for her as she considered her calling to teach and preach.  Jesus told Mary to “go and tell,”  and she obeyed. Laura knew that God had given her the gift of teaching, and she wanted to use it for His glory.  She knew she didn’t have to change the minds of those who disagreed, but she felt called to teach. She knew she had to be obedient to Christ.



    So what do we do with contradictions around gender roles that we see in scripture?  Laura talks about how we need to take into account the whole counsel of scripture when we interpret specific passages so that we can avoid taking any part of scripture out of context.  We explore how focusing solely on small, isolated passages that deal with controversial issues causes us to miss the more complete picture of what scripture tells us.



    We talk about how we do not need to be afraid of the tension we may feel in our soul on these issues.  It is good to wrestle.  In fact, it’s dangerous not to wrestle.  When we wrestle, we draw near to God.  We may not always get answers, but we get God’s presence. 



    Laura’s advice to women is to ask yourself, “What does Jesus say to you?”  It can be hard to wade through all the messages we receive about who we ought to be and what we ought to do as women.  Laura challenges us to care about what God says about us more than what anyone else says about us.  At the end of the day, our calling is to make Him known.  



    We discuss how Jesus treated women as people created in the image of God. He didn’t coddle them, and He didn’t reject them.  When we seek equality, we don’t try to become the same as men.  We are created differently but equally.  It is the same with race; people are all created differently, and it is beautiful. As Christians, we need to acknowledge our differences, while upholding each other’s worth as equal image bearers. We hear from Laura that when we have men and women working together equally,

    • 34 min
    “It's hard to imagine that when Jesus frees us that he'd ask us to stay quiet about it."

    “It's hard to imagine that when Jesus frees us that he'd ask us to stay quiet about it."

    Cindy Dawson chats about her journey to preaching, trusting yourself, and racism.



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    This episode is a continuation of our conversation with Cindy Dawson, instructor and PhD student in Religion with an emphasis in Judaism and a certification in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University. 



    Cindy tells us about her journey getting into teaching and preaching in church, and what an exciting journey that has been.  She explains how important it was for her to have a male in leadership, the head pastor of her church, supporting her when she initially started preaching in church.  



    We hear about how it felt for her to enter into an arena where women have not often been welcome.  She explains how there is a lot of pressure to do well and to do well right away, to prove stereotypes wrong and to be respected.  



    Cindy offers this advice to women: Trust yourself. If you are passionate about something, follow it. Push through the doubt, and listen to yourself.



    We discuss recent events that have exposed racial disparities.  Cindy challenges white women to check the lenses we are using to interpret situations with people of color.  We need to be willing to do the hard work on ourselves, to acknowledge our implicit biases, and to be mindful of how we perceive danger. Cindy reminds us that although it is important to trust oneself, it is also necessary to improve oneself, especially when the lives and wellbeing of people of color are at stake.



    We hope you find inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment in our discussion with Cindy.  We also hope that you find you have been challenged in new and healthy ways to grow as a strong, capable, and compassionate image bearer of God.



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    • 27 min
    There's the Bible, and then there's an interpretation of the Bible. Cindy Dawson joins us to discuss what the Bible says about women.

    There's the Bible, and then there's an interpretation of the Bible. Cindy Dawson joins us to discuss what the Bible says about women.

    Cindy Dawson, an instructor and PhD student in Religion with an emphasis in Judaism and a certification in the studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, talks about how it is important to acknowledge the difference between one’s interpretation of the Bible, and the Bible itself.



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    We learn from Cindy about hermeneutics, which is the interpretive lens with which we read a text.  We talk about how every person has a different lens depending on many different factors that influence where they are as a person.  We learn that step one in interpreting scripture is to know where we are, because that is going to inform our interpretive lens.  



    Cindy teaches us that the Bible is not a free-for-all, but that we need to take into account different interpretive lenses before determining what is right and what is wrong.  Rather than beginning our conversations by stating what is right and what is wrong, we ought to be ending our conversations that way after a thorough investigation through different lenses of interpretation.  We need each other, in community, for our different interpretive lenses.  



    We discuss how the idea that a text can only mean one thing is a very dangerous idea.  The way we interpret texts has consequences, and when we don’t take into account different interpretive lenses, we can end up with an interpretation that is problematic.



    Next we explore how hermeneutics influence how we interpret what the Bible says about women.  We discuss how God created women as equal image bearers.  The image of God is equally in men and women. That is what makes us human.  



    We learn the meaning of the word “helper,” translated from the Hebrew word “Ezer.”  The word Ezer is used to describe God as our helper in a fierce, rescuing sense.  “Ezer Kenegdo,” the words used to describe woman, means “one corresponding to.” We hear that there is equality embedded in the Hebrew that describes the relationship between man and woman. 



    We talk about some largely overlooked women in the Bible, including Deborah the Judge, Junia, who was prominent among the apostles, Phoebe the deacon, and Mary Magdalene, who became a missionary.



    Cindy unpacks for us one of the most widely used “clobber texts” used to silence women in Christian culture, 1 Timothy 2.  We discuss how the only part of the passage that many people insist on interpreting literally today is the part about keeping women silent, while the rest is easily dismissed as situational.  We talk about the many Biblical contradictions in making this a universal mandate.



    We talk about the implications of holding so tightly to a view that disempowers half of the population.  We also touch on the problem of saying that the primary role of a woman is childbearing, and how much pain that causes.



    Join us for the continuation of this conversation in episode 5.



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    • 37 min
    Abuse in the name of submission: Assistant Producer Sarah shares her story

    Abuse in the name of submission: Assistant Producer Sarah shares her story

    Submission is a loaded word; it carries a lot of weight. When we teach gender roles and marital hierarchy without clearly and directly addressing power abuse, emotional abuse, and manipulation, it is very dangerous. The rigid thinking we often see in Christian culture around the theology of submission creates a breeding ground for power abuse and the oppression of women. Unfortunately, there are many Christian communities that systematically dismiss women’s voices as being hysterical or dramatic when they report abuse while allowing abusers to continue in their abusive patterns unconfronted.

    • 47 min

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One episode in and I’m intrigued and have downloaded every episode. I’ve never heard this topic discussed but I know from my own experiences growing up in church that these need to be conversations held in every home and every church. Also Kelly’s voice is so soothing. The subject matter is incredibly important and possibly triggering, but I somehow felt calm listening and not anxious (even though I did get emotional at times)

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