The Bible is sexist, right? The early Christians were patriarchal, correct? The answers to these questions might surprise you. While it’s not controversial here at Grace Church to have female priests and lay leaders that is not the case in many churches. And even in largely secular environments like New York, religious views of gender influence social practices and public policy. The Rev. Chase Danford will explore biblical scholar Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza’s work in examining the history of early Christian communities with the goal of equipping parishioners and guests with the theological tools to advocate for women’s equality in congregations and society.