Foreword and Introduction
Foreword and Dedication
by Dr. Seena Mathew, Capt. Dr. Jacob Mathew, Jr., and Dr.
by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World Board Member
'The Role of Women in Syriac Orthodox Church' is a subject that is often
misunderstood and misinterpreted. We read a portion of St. Paul's writing out of
context and feel that it is how the church treats women. Is it true? ...
The Role of Women in
The Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch
by Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas,
The Patriarch of the Antioch & All the East
The Syriac Orthodox Church considers women equal to men in rights and
duties. According to the Holy Scriptures, God created man in His image; "in
the image of God created him; male and female He created them."
Consequently, men and women are equal before God because God's ideal plan
for marriage is one man for one woman and one woman for one man. ...
Women In The Bible
4. The Virtuous Wife -
Hymn to a Good Wife
Proverbs 31:10-31 is a poem written honoring as well as extolling the virtues of
a virtuous wife. It is written in the form of an alphabetic acrostic in Hebrew.
A good wife brings respect to her husband; she teaches values to her
children so that they learn to respect their parents. She shows kindness to
the poor as God commanded. She has control of her tongue. A must reading for
both husband and wife.
Great Women in
There are over one hundred sixty women mentioned in the Bible. Although not
all of their names were written down, their deeds were, thus showing us the
part they, too, played in history. ...
How Jesus Ministered To Women
by Gregg Cantelmo
Jesus came to serve. We see his service to women through talk, through
teaching, through touch, and through thankful praise for their faith. As we
all have a need to belong, feel worthy, and feel competent, we see that
Jesus brings dignity, value, and worth to women and their roles of service
as "daughters of God." ...
7. The Biblical
Portrait of Women
by John MacArthur
From cover to cover, the Bible exalts women. In fact, it often seems to go
out of the way to pay homage to them, to ennoble their roles in society and
family, to acknowledge the importance of their influence, and to exalt the
virtues of women who were particularly godly examples. ...
Women In The Orthodox
The Role of Women in The Orthodox Church
by Metropolitan Seraphim of Johannesburg and Pretoria
Her first priority is to fulfill God's Divine Within her own family, her
husband and her children. This then widens to the extended family: to her
neighbor, to her parish community and then to the whole world. A Christian
woman is today's society, whether she works outside the home or not, is
instrumental in nurturing her children. ...
9. Women in The
by Karissa Sorrell
My friend and former Orthodox priest, Paul Finley, once told me, "The reason
why gender equality is such an issue in Protestant churches is because they
have taken Mary out of the picture." In a way, it's true: in the OC, Christ
is the head of the church, but His Mother is right by his side. ...
10. Women in The
Australian Orthodox Mission, Monash University
The Orthodox faith teaches that as souls before God women and men stand
equal. Women are not 'second class citizens' in the Kingdom of God. They can
and should take an active role in the life of the Church; indeed the
Church's life would be immeasurably impoverished without their contribution.
Women in Malankara Syrian
Keynote: Women in the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
11. Your Resilience Will Set You Free
by Fr. Jerry Kurian Kodiattu, Malankara World Board Member
One needs to look at the issue of women in the church seriously. It is not a
question of being politically correct, legal, or experimental. It is rather a
call for the church to do what is correct. Women have suffered and yet continue
to be resilient. They continue to be part of the church despite all oppression.
This article identifies a few issues about why women are treated like they are.
12. Women as Covered and
by Christiane Zidek
Having touched on several aspects of women's role in the church, a question
arises: Why? Why do these different areas of church life remain unchanged?
It is a question, which both men and women have to be asked. ...
Featured Malankara Women
13. Ammai - My Hero
by Betcy Thotakat, PMP
If you ask me who my most favorite unsung hero is, without any doubt I would say
"ammai". To my Dad she was like his own mother who was his uncle's wife.
She adopted her sister-in-law's son when the parents met with untimely death
and she was just a new bride. She gave birth to two boys. But when someone
asked her how many kids she had, without a second thought she used to say -
three and never mentioned about the adoption. ...
14. Mummy, a Lydia for Our Times
by Melanie Jacob RD
Like Lydia, Susan Jacob placed a very high importance to worshipping God. She
knew that some things like prayer are taught by example more than words. The
habit of prayer has to be passed on to you from your childhood. It should be
part of your life. ...
Inviting Nominations for The Malankara World Woman of The Year
The Christian Family Life
16. Why Do We Need
by Mother Magdalena, Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration
The Church is not just an earthly institution that seeks to control us by
rules and limit our worship to stale rites. It is a living, breathing being
- literally the Body of Christ. This means that our life in Christ can only
be lived within the life of the Church - His Body. All aspects of this life
nurture and form and protect our spirit. The boundaries set by the Church
are not there to restrict us but to give us freedom. ...
17. Ten Things to Pray
for Your Wife
by Jonathan Parnell
It is a beautiful thing when we become as invested in the
sanctification of others as we are in our own. And the best place to
start is with our spouses. So men, here are ten things to want from God (and ask
from him) for your wife. ..
The Honeymoon Life
by Sharon Glasgow
From that day on, I chose the honeymoon life. Not just dreaming of it but living
it every day. I've set my heart to cherish the simple things, like making my
husband's favorite foods and eating together by candlelight, going to bed at the
same time, reading and praying together. Even mundane trips to the store
The Husband of a Happy Wife
by Dr. Stephen Felker
Men, I have set before you the kind of love you are to have for your wives.
We are to have agape love, a love that is unselfish, that meets needs. We
are to love our wives like Christ loved the Church, with a sacrificial,
purifying love. What an example! And we are to love our wives as our own
bodies. That means that we will nourish and cherish our wives. We will have
an unconditional commitment to keep our wives, as we keep the members of our
own bodies. ...
20. The Profile of a
Godly Mother: The Example of Hannah
by John MacArthur
For better or worse, mothers are the makers of men; they are the architects of
the next generation. That's why the goal of becoming a godly mother is the
highest and most noble pursuit of womanhood. God has specially equipped women
for that very purpose, and in Christ, women can experience profound satisfaction
in that divinely ordained pursuit. They can be who God created them to be. ...
Mothers Say 'Yes' to God
by Sidney Callahan
Giving and forgiving mother love is one of the most convincing indications
we have of what God's unconditional love for us is like. Mothers are like
Jesus Christ: they open a door to us which no one can close. ...
Why Won't My Children Submit to Me and Respect Me?
Children respect the mother the way the mother respects her husband. Want your
children to respect your headship over them? Then respect your husband's
headship over you!..
23. My Mother, My
by Temple Bailey
A mother shows through in every emotion - happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy,
love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow - and all the while
hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life. ...
Managing Career and Family
Twenty Strategies for Busy Christian Women
by Marianne Neifert, M.D., M.T.S., F.A.A.P.
Identify what you value most in life, your highest
ideals, and most burning desires. Keep your relationships paramount.
Distinguish the "urgent" from the "important," and do something important
every day. ...
Leading a Low-Stress Life by Living Right
By Robert Ringer
You cannot control what others do or say, but you can control how you
respond to it. This can make a huge difference in how you look at - and
interact with - the world. And as a result, it can take you from
stressed-out to chilled-out and feeling better about life. ...
26. Myth: True Success Means Always Reaching for
The Next Rung on The Corporate Ladder
by Gregg Easterbrook
The idea that women should always reach for that next rung is dangerously
misleading. Some women feel that in today's era of liberation they are
somehow letting down their gender if they decide to step down from
high-ranking corporate positions. They feel enormous pressure to stay. ...
Simple Tips for Mom: How Working Moms Can Make Guilt-Free Choices
by W. Granville Brown
As a professional life coach, I'm privileged to have some very successful
career women as clients. I've discovered that many of them face challenges
quite different than those encountered by men. For example, consider the
deep feelings of guilt many working mothers experience. ...
by Sao Tunyi Kohima
While it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find
fulfillment in being ordinary. ...
At The Dawn of 2013
by Sraman Mitra
Life is messy. Change takes time. But it eventually does come. Civilization does
Meanwhile, wonderful, inspiring events continue to happen. Nature offers itself
quietly to those who pay attention. ...
Death of India Rape Victim Stirs Anger, Promises of Action
By Ross Colvin and Kevin Lim
The attack has put gender issues centre stage in Indian politics. Issues such as
rape, dowry-related deaths and female infanticide have rarely entered mainstream
political discourse. ...
I am Sorry Mom I Can't Fight Anymore
Cry of a Rape Victim
Making the Church Rape Free
by Fr. Jerry Kurian Kodiattu
What am I going to accomplish by lighting a candle in church against the
violence and brutal rape and murder of the 23 year old woman? Nothing much I
suppose. There are several women in my own church who in all probability are
exposed to violence in different places and the church remains silent to
Much Beyond Rape . . .
by Jeevan Kuruvilla
I believe that our learning starts at our homes where a daughter is as prized as
the son. Our homes should be places where the husband will treat his wife with
respect and kindness that the son would behave likewise with the women he meets
in his life. Our daughters should not know what dowry means. ...
34. Resources for
Understanding and Managing Sexual Assault
Here are some free resources to help you understand the epidemic of sexual
assault and care for victims.
Health: Superfoods for Women
There are certain foods that aging boomer women (and men for that matter) should
eat on a very regular basis (like every day) that literally pack the body's
cells with powerful nutrients.
Here are some of the superfoods that build health and happiness. ...
Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Variations
by Roy Walford and Lisa Walford
If you have been watching your cholesterol, you probably know about scrambled
egg whites. You may not yet have tried scrambled tofu! The following recipes are
a basic foundation for any number of vegetable combinations. ...
37. Recipe: Lemon
If you like moist muffins, you will love this recipe.
Skin Care Tips
I thought you might like to tell your readers about the great beauty effects
of olive oil. I use extra virgin olive oil to wash my face every night. ...
A Year Free From Regret
by Eric Sinoway
Think about what you want people to say about you at your funeral; how you'd
want them to describe all the facets of your life, who you were, and what you'd
accomplished. Then turn that thinking into a concrete vision - a clear picture in your mind
that draws together your most highly valued beliefs, desires, goals, and
priorities into a holistic portrait of who you aspire to be. ...
40. The Pie Lady
by Sandra Abell
She gave selflessly, with gratitude and appreciation, focusing on other
people and how they would be positively affected by her actions. She shared
her talents with the gift of love, generosity and fun. She carried the
holiday spirit throughout the year. ...
by Linda McLean
Frank barely noticed when things began to change, when the words of gratitude he
jotted down on the napkin each morning began to sink into his thick, stubborn
skull. The attitude of gratitude he had inadvertently adopted through the sheer
routine of it, began to truly mean something. That was when Frank's life began
Two Difficult Things To Achieve.
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