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

ISBN-10: 0156033321

ISBN-13: 9780156033329

Edition: 2009

Authors: Sarah Sentilles

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Twenty five years after the first group of women were ordained by the Episcopal church, women are among some of the most vital and successful ministers in all the Protestant denominations, even as the church as a whole is struggling to hold on to its members. Sarah Sentilles entered the lives of female ministers--women of various ages and races, in a range of churches--to paint the first real portrait of what it's like now to serve as a woman of faith.Sometimes triumphant, sometimes painful, their stories take readers from calls to the pulpit through ordinations and service in the face of the church's resistance--conscious or not--to re-imagining ministry as a role for anyone but a man. These women and others like them are not only bringing back people who left the church and giving new life to existing membership; they are attracting people who would otherwise never darken the doors of a church. In their struggles, these women help to illuminate the ways in which a church can revitalize itself--the very key to the future success of the institution.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

SARAH SENTILLES earned her master of divinity degree from Harvard and is the author of Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton. She lives in Camarillo, California.

Preface to the Mariner Edition
Introduction: The Most Sexist Hour
Vocation: Call
The Call
The Ordination Process
The Job Search
Assistant Ministers
Incarnation: The Body
Creation: Ministry
Catholic Womenpriests
Minister (n.) vs. Minister (v.)
A Church of Her Own
Afterword: Death Valley Blooms
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