In the world of Facebook and news sites and RSS feeds, it's becoming easier and easier to surround ourselves with people and information we find comfortable and familiar. But as far as I'm concerned, getting to know people who are different from me is a matter of faith- I feel called as a Christian to truly get to know people from all walks of life and to recognize their status as a beloved child of God, equally worthy of God's love as I am.
And in this world of mass communication on a scale never seen before, the Internet is a great place to do that. Blogs in particular offer a chance to get to know the authors rather well. But the Christian blogosphere can start to feel a little stuffy after awhile, and there's a lot of feedback. And it overwhelmingly feels dominated by straight white men.
Which is why, a little while ago, Fred Clark of Slacktivist put together three lists. The Bonfire is a list of Christian blogs written by women. The Mosaic is a list of blogs written by Christians who aren't white. And the Quiltblogs are written by Christians who aren't straight.
I know I got really tired of reading the horrible things a lot of powerful dead men had to say about women long before I finished seminary. So seeking out living Christians to counter those dusty voices has been an ongoing process. Because the Holy Spirit is active in the world, God is with us, and is speaking through people we'd never expect (as God always has).
I'm proud that this blog is listed on the Bonfire. It's no mark of distinction- all I had to do was to tell Fred I'm a Christian woman writing a blog, and he added the link- but seeing this place listed with all those other Christian women is a strong reminder of the community I'm a part of- of all the Christian women who have gone before and who will come after me. Thanks be to God!