Transforming the Church so all are equal.
Women have been the church, women are the church, and women will be the church. In 2020, the U.S. will commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights. The United Methodist Church celebrated the 60th anniversary of full clergy rights for women in 2016, and there are about 15,000 clergywomen who are serving within The United Methodist Church. Yet, women’s voices have been and continue to be marginalized in the Church and Academy. However, the women writing in this book have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that women excel at leadership and have unique voices. Their practice of leadership challenges traditional leadership models and interrogates and reconstructs the patriarchal gender paradigms. Clergywomen lead in spite of oppressive economic structures and power dynamics within and outside of the church.
The goal of this book is to describe an equitable leadership paradigm for all people from a postcolonial global perspective. The stories of these women will reveal the role of the church for women as a place of empowerment by providing healing and redemptive hope for a new era of justice and peace.
M. Kathryn Armistead
Cristian De La Rosa
Motoe Yamada Foor
Youngsook Charlene Kang
Connie Semy P. Mella
Karen P. Oliveto
HiRho Park, PhD, is Vice President for International Relations and Advancement, Huree University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
M. Kathryn Armistead, PhD, is Publisher, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church.