Speaking Engagements

June 23-26, 2016 –  Christian Feminism Today Gathering, Indianpolis, IN (Joint)

September 5-18, 2016 – Theologian in Residence, First United Methodist Church, Boulder, CO (Kendra)

October, 2016 Southwestern College, Winfield, KS (Kendra)

Kendra Weddle Irons

Presentation Topics

Contact Melanie and Kendra for booking information.

“The Problem of Purity” focuses on evangelical popular culture’s intense focus on sexual purity, suggesting that messages about purity (reflected in purity rings and purity balls, among other artifacts) are shame-filled and highlight a woman’s sexuality as the best part of herself. The presentation argues that purity laws in the New Testament offer a different understanding of what being pure really means.

“Princess Bibles: Evangelicalism’s Gender Problem,” intended for college audiences, considers the source of evangelical messages about gender, and why they can be so damaging, especially to young people seeking their vocations. We argue that evangelical culture’s focus on gender, sex, and “biblical manhood and womanhood,” often premised on a misguided interpretation of scripture, makes it especially difficult for women to live in the freedom and grace Jesus offers them.

“Be Quiet Already: Evangelical Popular Culture’s Misogyny” suggests evangelical popular culture silences Christian women, who struggle to find a voice in their church communities and to feel affirmed in their life’s choices, whatever those might be. We argue that because these messages are always cloaked as biblical mandate, it’s sometime difficult for people to name the real source behind the messages and the angst they cause: the evangelical church’s misogyny problem.

Bible Studies: Kendra offers Bible studies based upon biblical narratives used in the book. These can be anywhere from 1-6 weeks and Kendra is happy to cater the study to your group’s needs.

Past Speaking Engagements

Kendra Weddle Irons

⊕  Wednesday, April 10, 2016 – Jubilatte Coffee Shop, Tigard, Oregon (Joint)
⊕  Tuesday, April 9, 2016 – Livestream conversation (Joint)
⊕  Monday, April 8, 2016 – George Fox University, Newberg, Ore. (Joint)
⊕  February-March, 2016 – Bible Study at Grapevine United Methodist Church, Grapevine, Tex. (Kendra)
⊕  February 29, 2016 – Liberal Arts and Current Issues Lecture, George Fox University (Melanie)
⊕  February 11, 2016 – Southwest/American Pop Culture Conference, Albuquerque, NM (Joint)
⊕  November 17, 2015 – Mitchell-Reed Faculty Lecture, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Tex. (Kendra)
⊕  November 21, 2015 – Book Signing at Barnes and Noble, Dallas, Tex. (Kendra)
⊕  Oct. 23, 2015 – Faculty Lecture, George Fox University (Melanie)
⊕  November 2015 – Compass Group at Tigard Methodist Church, Tigard, Oregon (Melanie)
⊕  October 23, 2015 – Faculty Lecture, George Fox University (Melanie)
⊕  October-November, 2015 – Bible Study at Keller United Methodist Church, Keller, Texas (Kendra)