"What counts above all else is faith working through love."
— Galatians 5:6
About the Authors
for our own girls.
Lexi Jones & Mimi Misolo
and the Girl Child around the world who is rising up
to reclaim her full human agency from centuries of traditions,
ideas, and practices which have systemically denied her
of the God-given dominion we are all created
to enjoy as image-bearers of God
a hope & a prayer for Her rising
may we think new thoughts for Her
may we not lose faith
may we set her free from the chains that still bind her & the human family
may we create a world that gives her wings to fly
may She lead us to the Better World we all seek.
is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya in the Bondo Diocese. After discovering Biblical equality on the internet through Christians for Biblical Equality, Domnic became a tireless advocate for gender equality working in myriad ways to change the harmful gender norms that he had witnessed firsthand as a child growing up in a polygamous household and which are still highly prevalent in his culture today.
With the blessing of his bishop, Domnic launched the Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education (EFOGE) in 2012 to promote gender equality across Africa. By facilitating dialogue and increased theological understanding, Domnic's foundation is seeing church leaders grow in their understanding of gender equality, and become motivated and equipped to make this a reality in their communities.
Rev. Misolo studied theology both at Great Lakes University of Kisumu and St. Paul’s University in Kenya. Currently, he is pursuing Master’s degree at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has been recognized as social entrepreneur with high impact ideas for positive transformation both in the church and wider society. Among others, he was nominated as an Inspired Individual entrepreneur by Tearfund for his work on gender justice in East Africa. He has been awarded recognition by a New York based organization ‘World Wide Who is Who Branding’ for his founding of the Ekklesia Foundation. He has been acknowledged and trained as ‘Canterbury Young Scholar by the Church of England at Canterbury Cathedral for his ideas on justice and equality for women and girls.
While working fulltime as the executive director of EFOGE, Rev. Misolo also serves a part-time adjunct lecturer in Theology and Gender Studies at Great University of Kisumu at Bishop Okullu College of Theology.
He and his wife Christine are blessed with three children and are partners in their shared work of promoting the empowerment of girls and women. With his wife, Domnic is the co-founder and board member of Geno Women for Participatory Research and Development (GEPARD).
For more about Domnic’s work and call into ministry, see his article “Truth Discovered: Biblical Equality in the Kenyan Context”.
In their different yet overlapping spheres of work and cultural engagement, Emily and Domnic have one foot in the Christian world and one foot in the larger world of global development. Together they have insights and strategies for enlisting the timeless current of freedom and justice within our faith traditions to partner with culture in transforming the highly stratified “Old World” gender norms which continue to persist yet which are undermining humankind’s collective Long Walk to Freedom.
As your guides on this journey, we invite you to journey with us around the world and backwards in time to look with an open mind and heart at how vestiges of these millennia old traditions continue to be practiced and passed down in both blatant and latent ways today in the 21st c. Our particular focus is how faith over time and still to this day has been both a sanction and a challenge to this ancient tradition of male honor and dominion (and its corollary female shame and subjugation) which arose during an epoch in human civilization when society in general became highly stratified and subjugating as empires expanded their reach and human relations were governed by a “might equals right” social ethic, as 19th c. political philosopher John Stuart Mill described the values of the ancient world which in his era were shifting to a more modern social contract based on the mutual sovereignty of nations, people groups, and individuals.
As a philanthropist from the US who has been engaging at the nexus of faith and restoring human rights for girls and women around the world and as an Anglican priest working in a rural setting in Kenya to help engage the church in the struggle for women and girls outlay and shared human rights, as followers of Christ and as parents of daughters, our paths have intersected as we each from different corners of the world find ourselves and our own faith tradition—Christianity—still caught in this ancient net of “venerable traditions” of male dominion which thousands of years ago came to view being born female as entry into a class of human beings who were deemed to be unclean, inferior, the source of evil in the world, and thus meant to live under lifelong subjugation within their own families. This looks different in more developed countries like the US than it does in villages in Kenya, but as we have compared notes and worked together, we have seen that whatever form this patriarchal resurgence comes wrapped in—whether in hip millennial evangelical church plants popping up all over the US which use flowery “complementarian” language to encourage young men to see themselves as the “prophets, priests, and kings” of the family and church or in resurgent voices in Africa calling for a return to polygamy as Biblical and pastors and imams who use their religious positions to sanction practices like bride price, early marriage, and female genital cutting—is stalling the humanitarian progress that so many are working toward to establish a more firm footing for girls and women’s basic human and civil rights and for their empowerment and expanded roles in society.
A Joint Project of the Imago Dei Fund & the Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education