A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Religion - 338 pages
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Women have been among the most dynamic and successful ministers in all Protestant denominations; but in divinity school, Sarah Sentilles discovered that some of the best and brightest were having trouble and even leaving the church altogether. What was happening? To find out, she entered the lives of female ministers — women of various ages, races, and denominations — and emerged with the first real portrait of what it’s like to lead as a woman of faith today.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and triumph, the women’s stories take us from calls to the pulpit through ordinations and service. Despite many churches’ resistance — conscious or not — to re-imagining what it means to be a minister, many of these women are achieving remarkable transformations in their congregations. In their inspiring determination to perform the creative, life-giving work to which they are called, these women illuminate a way that the church can revitalize itself. What’s at stake is nothing less than the future of the church itself.
 

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Who said sexism is dead???? In this book, the author interviews ministers of different Christian religions and discovers that despite being ordained, the female clergy is still low (wo)man on the ... Read full review

A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

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Sentilles (Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton), who has a divinity degree from Harvard University, was a onetime candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal ... Read full review

Contents

The Call
23
The Ordination Process
37
Mentors
55
Assistant Ministers
80
INCARNATION THE BODY
117
Clothing
140
Gay
183
Trans
207
CREATION MINISTRY
237
Minister n vs Minister v
268
A Church of Her Own
291
DEATH VALLEY BLOOMS
311
INDEX
327
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SARAH SENTILLES earned her doctorate in theology and her master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and is the author of Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton. She lives in Camarillo, California.

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