Not one day goes by that I am not misgendered in some way.
Sometimes it is intentional. Most often it is just a mistake. Either way, it is a micro-aggression that I have learned will probably be a part of my journey for the rest of my life.
In 2016, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrated the 60th anniversary of women serving teaching elders following the October 24, 1956, ordination of the Rev. Margaret Towner, the denomination’s first clergywoman. For much of Presbyterian history, women had been restricted from access to classrooms, pulpits, platforms and lecterns.
Dr. Love Sechrest, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary, has announced the appointment of Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes by the seminary’s Board of Trustees as Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Counseling.
Whether it’s reporting the news, anchoring a broadcast or providing expert input into the story itself, women are making “glacial” but generally steady progress in news markets across the nation and around the world.
Victoria Alexander, 22, is passionate about working with and learning from women leaders, so she jumped at the chance to be part of a Presbyterian delegation to the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
The 21st century has seen tremendous shifts in how gender and sexuality are understood around the world and in the church. These changes are making the church more welcoming to all, but they also present challenges as people come to understand language and practices that are new to them and their communities.
“He did not speak to them except in parables.” — Mark 4:34