Note: In December 1990 the first edition of this paper was written and sent to a
group of 50 brothers and sisters around the world for their consideration. This group
included a number of disciples of recognized biblical scholarship, as well as the
world sector leader couples and several others whose responses were also highly
valued. I have received tremendous encouragement to pursue the topic of the
Women's Role, especially from Pat Gempel and Doug Arthur. My position three
years later hasn't fundamentally changed; the paper has only been re-written for a
broader distribution.

This isn't a "position paper" for the brotherhood. We aren't in the business of
legislating new doctrines! No authoritative pronouncement is being made on the
Women's Issue -- serious discussion has been ongoing for three years, and my
paper only attempts to speak clearly on the subject for the benefit of us all.

from 1993: