Meet Blogger Marg Mowczko
Women’s History Month may have ended but that’s no reason to stop celebrating women. Marg Mowczko has been sharing some of her blogs on women leaders from Church History, and we wanted to celebrate her. #womensupportingwomen #womenshistorymonth #IWD
I first met Marg a few years ago when she was speaking at an event called The Gender Conversation at Morling College. Marg was presenting on whether a gender hierarchy is implicit in the creation narrative of Genesis, and I was chairing that particular panel and their presentations. I had read plenty of Marg’s writing before, but this was the first time I had heard her speak. I was not disappointed: that same attention to historical detail, aptitude for languages, engaging style and empathy for the people she’s writing about are right there when Marg speaks, too. You can check out the resulting published paper here for free!
We’ve stayed in contact over the past few years and I’ve continued to read and recommend Marg’s writing. And it’s more than writing. What Marg does is ministry. Her writing has informed and helped countless people, me included. And now that I work for Brugel Creative I get to know things like how many views her website receives in a month (it’s regularly edging towards 100 000). And March set a new record with over 160 000 views. Well done, Marg!
Some of her recent posts have included: book reviews; explorations of passages like Leviticus 12:1-8 (on purification after childbirth) and Numbers 5:11-31 (on jealousy and bitter water); a look at Marcella of Rome: Academic, Ascetic and Almsgiver for Women’s History Month; and a strong theological reflection on the Household Codes being about power, not gender.
There are also resources in Spanish, Portuguese and Urdu on Marg’s website. A few of her Spanish translations are very popular. In fact Mujeres de la Biblia con Autoridad Espiritual is by far the most viewed article on her website.
Some of Marg’s most popular English-language posts include: 7 things you may not know about the King James Bible; Women Church Leaders in the New Testament; Abigail: A Bible Woman with Beauty and Brains; 25 Biblical Roles for Biblical Women; and – one of my favourites – Lydia of Thyatira: The foreigner who became the founding member of the Philippian Church. But don’t just take my word for it, read this:
Lydia’s hospitality and her benefaction of Paul and his ministry required courage. Having a group of foreign men stay in her house, might potentially cause scandal. Hosting meetings where they worshipped a new Jewish messiah, and not an emperor or any of the ancient and respected pagan gods, could have ruined her reputation and her business. Receiving Paul and Silas into her home after they were released from prison and asked to leave town, was brave.”
To read more of Marg’s work – and to help us celebrate her and her writing – head on over to www.margmowczko.com
If you’re interested in starting your own blog, get in contact with us at Brugel Creative, we’d love to help out.