The Malankara World Journal Special: Women in Church Issue 121 (Jan 21,
2013) is available online at:
*Table of Contents Issue No: 121 Special: Women in Church*
Foreword and Introduction
1. Foreword and Dedication
by Dr. Seena Mathew, Capt. Dr. Jacob Mathew, Jr., and Dr. Jacob Mathew
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? ...
3. 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 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
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.
5. Great Women in The Bible
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. ...
6. 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 Church
8. 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 Orthodox Church
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 Orthodox Church
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 Orthodox Church
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 Confined
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
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. ...
15. Inviting Nominations for The Malankara World Woman of The Year
How to nominate
The Christian Family Life
16. Why Do We Need the Church?
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
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. ..
18. 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 together. ...
19. 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. ...
21. 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
22. 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 Friend
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
Managing Career and Family
24. 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. ...
25. 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
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. ...
27. 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
28. Celebration of The Ordinary
by Sao Tunyi Kohima
While it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage
to find fulfillment in being ordinary. ...
29. At The Dawn of 2013
by Sraman Mitra
Life is messy. Change takes time. But it eventually does come.
Civilization does move forward. Meanwhile, wonderful, inspiring events
continue to happen. Nature offers itself quietly to those who pay
30. 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. ...
31. I am Sorry Mom I Can't Fight Anymore
Cry of a Rape Victim
32. 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 this. ...
33. 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.
35. 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. ...
36. 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
37. Recipe: Lemon Yogurt Muffins
If you like moist muffins, you will love this recipe.
38. 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. ...
39. 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. ...
41. Gratitude Napkins
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 to change...
Two Difficult Things To Achieve.
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
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