Live from the Q: Women & Calling Conference

Live updates from Manhattan

Friday, November 15 is the official launch of the Q: Women & Calling Conference, a one-day event "to discuss the ways women today are navigating calling, vocation and identity." TCW is reporting live from the American Bible Society in Manhattan, where women will be learning and sharing how to "faithfully embrace the life, gifts and skills God has given them" based on nine leading ladies' (and one gentleman's) presentations on topics ranging from ambition to singleness to motherhood and more. Follow our live Tweets @TCWomancom (official hashtag: #Qwomen), and read a summary of the day's events here:

"Is There a Biblical 'Model' For Women?" by Rachel Held Evans, Blogger, Author, and Social Commentator | @rachelheldevans

I'll never forget when someone a friend of mine told me in high school: "You're a really good speaker – too bad you're a girl." That comment led me to try to answer the question: what does it mean to be a woman of faith? What exactly is "Biblical womanhood?" How can we better understand the Proverbs 31 woman? To me, she seemed like a Pinterest board come to life. So I had a friend of mine, an Orthodox Jew, help me out with understanding the context of that chapter. She told me Proverbs 31 is not a to-do list—rather, men memorize it so they can sing it as a song to the women in their lives: to their wives, to their sisters. The only directive language in this poem is directed at men: "Praise her for all her hands have done" (v. 28).

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Allison J. Althoff

Allison J. Althoff is Today's Christian Woman's online editor. Follow her on Twitter @ajalthoff.

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