As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is no longer Jew or Greek,
there is no longer slave or free,
there is no longer male and female;
for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
One in Christ
We can rejoice that behind the sacrament of baptism is the promise of Christ to make us new so that already we can begin to live beyond the former barriers that denied the full humanity of those who are of the “wrong religion, class, race, or gender.” The ancient baptismal formula quoted by Paul in Galatians 3:27-28 reminds us that the divisions of old creation have been overcome, and the old forms of domination no longer belong to life in Christ. Just as the original divisions of male and female in Genesis was over come, that of Jew and Gentile, slave and free were understood to be overcome in the context of the early house churches. Some would argue that today the list needs to be much longer, to include heterosexual and homosexual, able-bodied and disabled, rich and poor, capitalist and socialist. It is the overcoming of these divisions, and the new life of freedom, that is the sign of Christ’s presence.
Letty M. Russell,
Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church