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Giving Voice To Women Of God: Uniting The Methodist Church, Jennifer M. Clark Jan 1997

Giving Voice To Women Of God: Uniting The Methodist Church, Jennifer M. Clark

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This study focuses on the experience of three female clergy in The United Methodist Church. Historically, women have had a voice in the church, but it has been muted as a result of the traditionally male dominated structure. The purpose of this study is to give voice to these stories and experiences, which is essential to understanding of the past, present, and future of the church. Interviews were recorded with each woman, and the transcripts revealed four common themes among the responses: 1) style of female clergy, 2) calling of female clergy by God, 3) acceptance of female clergy, and ...