Changing Church: Stories of Liberating Ministers [NOOK Book]

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Through the fascinating stories of pioneering ministers, this book reveals a unique picture of progressive changes occurring in the Christian tradition. Meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles, these twelve diverse ministers are changing the church as they take prophetic stands on gender, race, interfaith cooperation, ecology, sexual orientation, economic opportunity, and other social justice issues. Believing in the power of sacred symbolism to shape social reality and to provide a foundation for justice and...
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Changing Church: Stories of Liberating Ministers

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Overview

Through the fascinating stories of pioneering ministers, this book reveals a unique picture of progressive changes occurring in the Christian tradition. Meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles, these twelve diverse ministers are changing the church as they take prophetic stands on gender, race, interfaith cooperation, ecology, sexual orientation, economic opportunity, and other social justice issues. Believing in the power of sacred symbolism to shape social reality and to provide a foundation for justice and freedom for all people, these ministers lead worship with inclusive language and imagery for humanity and divinity. They include multicultural female and male images of the Divine. Their stories affirm the connection between this expansive theology and an ethic of justice and equality in human relationships. In working from within to change the church, these ministers have risked censure by denominational authorities, loss of opportunities for promotion to larger congregations or to prestigious denominational positions, and even loss of their jobs. They have found creative ways to balance advocating for change and working to support the church, using their positions as ordained clergy to bring liberating change to the church and the wider culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621891406
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD, ordained minister and chaplain, is an adjunct professor at Perkins School of Theology and at Richland Community College in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of numerous books, including Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians (2006); Seeking Wisdom: Inclusive Blessings and Prayers for Public Occasions (2010); Praying with Christ-Sophia: Services for Healing and Renewal (2007); and God, a Word for Girls and Boys (2007).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Rev. Stacy Boom, Pastor, Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran, San Francisco, California 1

2 Rev. Dr. Susan Newman, United Church of Christ Pastor, Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Social Justice, All Souls Church, Washington, DC 29

3 Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, Priest, Mary Mother of Jesus Catholic Community, Sarasota, Florida, Bishop, Southern Region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests 57

4 Rev. Dr. Isabel Docampo, American Baptist Pastor, Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas 85

5 Rev. Larry E. Schultz, Minister of Music, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina 111

6 Rev. Dr. Monica A. Coleman, African Methodist Episcopal Minister, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California 139

7 Rev. Marcia C Fleischman, Copastor, Broadway Church, Kansas City, Missouri 167

8 Rev. Virginia Marie Rincon, Priest, Hispanic Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, Founder and Executive Director of TengoVoz, Portland, Maine 193

9 Rev. Paul Smith, Copastor, Broadway Church, Kansas City, Missouri 221

10 Rev. Judith Liro, Priest, St. Hildegard's Community, St. George's Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas 247

11 Rev. Dr. Rebecca L. Kiser, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, West Plains, Missouri 275

12 Rev. Dr. Nancy Petty, Pastor, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina 303

Conclusion 331

Notes 347

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