conversation: History

What history of womanhood has influenced you? How has the history of the church impacted you as a woman leader? We've included content that takes a look at how women have been perceived/used/manipulated by power structures across time. We encourage you to listen to the stories of other women as you reflect on how sexism/patriarchy has influenced your life as a woman and your sense of self and calling. What is your history and how does it influence your leadership?  

We have for you articles to read and podcasts to listen to that invite you deeper into these ponderings.

How have you experienced yourself as perceived/used/manipulated by power structures across time and history in culture and the church, and what has been the impact on you and on your call? Some of the lenses of impact on women we are curious to consider are economically, politically, in the church, in family life, in education, in jobs/career, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, physically, sexually? How have you experienced yourself as viewed in your body, touched on your body, valued in your body? How has this shaped your leadership, your call, and your voice?

  • How Sexual Integrity in Cross-gender Relationships Became So Convoluted, Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers
  • The Truth Regarding Male & Female Differences and Integrity in Cross-gender Leadership, Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers

How Women Become the Target for Culture's Shame, Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers

Sexism and God-Talk by Rosemary Radford Ruether

Silencing the Self by Dana Crowley Jack (begin at "Forcing themselves to stop thinking...")

Women in Leadership, on Midrash NYC