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God used a donkey, I guess women can be ministers.

The title is a real quote. So is the fact that this statement is one of
many similar comments made to women in church leadership. The #metoo movement also represents what happens to women in positions of influence and leadership across religious denominations. With a growing number of denominations speaking out against harassment, churches are working to combat false perceptions and live out what God created community to be - safe, inclusive and evolving. All the while, female pastors play leading roles in addressing issues of justice beyond harassment, including healthcare, immigration, education, and the environment.

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  1. What does it looks like to be a woman seeking a greater role in the church environment today?
  2. In what ways is the church positively ministering to women and the historically disenfranchised?
  3. How is the idea of "church" evolving from an institutional structure and hierarchy to one freed up to be approachable and safe for all people?



Sharon Alexander, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Connection & Culture
  • Level: Beginner
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