Testimonies from the first BIO Feminary Cohort (2015-16):
The best part of being a part of the inaugural BIO cohort was making connections and sharing from the heart with other women doing work within the intersection of seminary, sanctuary, streets, and soil. As we read and watched the content created by BCM with one another I experienced Kingdom sisterhood. The power of being together in this struggle, being held, seen, heard and challenged, will continue to grant me courage as I go deeper into my calling journey.
Every day I think about how my body moves through the world and what power it does and doesn't carry. Every time I swipe my credit card I wonder what shock waves my transaction is sending out into the world. While these types of meditations threaten to overwhelm and render me immobile, I know that there are other powerful, beautiful peers processing the same issues. Being a part of the Feminary was deepening, challenging, and nourishing both spiritually and politically for me, and I loved being able to process the material each week within the safety, love, and support of our virtual circle.
As a young adult on a hiatus from conventional theological study, engaging the material of BIO with a cohort allowed me to continue exploring pressing social and political questions from a place of discipleship, at a pace and with a flexibility that lent itself to a full schedule. The material is varied and invites participants to reflect theologically, politically and personally on how our convictions intersect with the crises of our time. The BIO cohort was a rich and formative experience that provided space to answer important questions communally while provoking further issues to explore.