Several months ago I received a phone call inviting me to speak on a panel to a cohort of women clergy who met monthly. Several of them were associate pastors, struggling mightily with how to claim any authority at all in their respective ministry settings. The facilitators were inviting me, they said, because I was […]
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Dear Askie, As a Young Clergy Woman who serves a mostly-progressive Christian congregation, I find myself constantly frustrated by requests for collaboration or rental of our building space from more conservative Christian organizations whose theology radically differs from our own. How might I compassionately but firmly explain our church’s unwillingness to partner with these organizations […]
“Would you ever consider doing something like this?” I asked. I was sitting with my friend Jeff in the balcony seats of the Wilbur Theater in Boston. “Nooo!” he replied. “Do you think Hannah would?” I asked. “Nope,” he said. “What about Luke?” “No way,” I answered. It was intermission at a Mainstage production of […]
As I write this, I’m sitting on my living room couch. I showered this morning, but I’m wearing what my husband’s aunt calls “soft clothes” – a sweatshirt, and lounge pants, and slippers. I haven’t worn mascara in more than a week. “What are you going to do today?” my husband asked me, this morning, […]
“Can you ask them if they’re okay with a woman?” It was late morning on the Friday after Christmas. It was one of what feels like only a small handful of days each year when I didn’t have anything really pressing on my to-do list, so I came into the church that morning determined to […]
Be female. Be ordained. Be in Manhattan and, if at all possible, have plans and credentials to attend sessions at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. As you prepare for the day, put on a dress with a clerical collar and knee-high red leather boots. Leave your hotel room early in the […]
“What’s the focus of that conference you’re going to tomorrow, Pastor Andrea?” The question came from a parishioner following worship, where I had announced that I would be out of the office for the week. “Um…I can’t remember, actually. I know there’s a theme…but it’s a conference entirely for young clergy women!” I’m hesitant to […]