I met Marg Mowczko through social media. As is often the case through social media, I am not exactly sure how and when we initially got connected, but somehow through Twitter and Facebook, we got linked up when I started reading her insightful and thoughtful writing.
Marg is a scholar, theologian, and writer. Her primary interest and focus is studying and writing about women in ministry. At points in her faith journey, she became persuaded of the equality and mutuality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry. This transformed her theology and how she now views women in Scripture and women’s roles and responsibilities within the church. Her writing about these issues is incredibly well-researched and insightful. She articulates her beliefs and then proceeds to back them up with solid, robust theological discussion.
She is courageous and tenacious. The push back against her theology, by those who subscribe to a complementarian view, can often be critical and harsh and relentless. Yet, she persists. She continues to clarify the issues with perceptive scholarship, wisdom, and respect. She is a champion for all to use their giftings and strengths to make a difference for God’s kingdom and the world.
Early on, after I had written an article on about a woman in Scripture for my blog, I messaged Marg through Facebook and asked her if she would read it and let me know what she thought about it. Not only was she willing to read the post, but she also proceeded to post the article on her blog and she re-posted it on various social media platforms. This speaks to how Marg embodies the things she writes about. Encouraging and celebrating women’s voices and viewpoints.
On her website, Marg’s vision is exemplified when she writes that her personal vision statement is: “to be conformed to the image of Christ” (Romans 8:29), which unfortunately won’t happen in this lifetime, but it will happen” (1 John 3:2) and her “personal mission statements are: (1) “to be as close to God as I possibly can be, to be filled with the Holy Spirit as much as I can be, and encourage others to do the same,” and (2) “To be a Kingdom agent wherever I am.”
Overtime, we have continued to stay in touch and communicate about writing and theology, but now we often chat about our lives and families. It is amazing to me how friendships can be formed while we are continents apart – me in Canada and Marg in Australia.
When I was writing my book, I hoped that Marg would be willing to read the manuscript and write an endorsement. When I approached her, she generously agreed, despite being so busy with her own writing and family life.
She is a gem. Please check out her blog.https://margmowczko.com/about/ I pray, that just as she has so positively nfluenced and transformed my theology, that her writing and thoughts will impact you as profoundly.