Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Urban Midwestern USA
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I believe in everyone using their gifts and doing what they do best; I certainly don't believe in a sexual division of labor.
Sometimes each person doing what he or she does best may look like a traditional family; other times it won't.
My experience in churches has been kind of weird. On the one hand, women are generally the ones handling the children's ministries and especially the nursery. On the other hand, I feel like there's often a big push to get mothers to hand over their babies to others so that they (the mothers) can be "spiritually fed."
I think a lot of churches unintentionally create an environment that pushes mothers to give up breastfeeding and switch to bottle feeding, which I guess can be touted as "egalitarian," as in, "It's good for your baby to know that she can trust other people to feed her besides you"...
And also as in, "It's good for you to be freed from the constant care of your baby, so that you can 'serve God' in church ministry."
Susan -- married unschoolin' WAHMomma to two lovely girls (born 2000 and 2005).