Friday, January 06, 2006

Meeting Results: Emerging Women In Leadership

Many present dreamed of ministry as a little girl, but they had never seen an example. Some gave communion to their dolls! When one woman confessed this, everyone burst out laughing. Many others remembered secretly doing the same thing.

They talked extensively about how female pastoral leadership "looks." This issue came up in Glorieta as well. What does she wear? How does she counsel men? How does she solve conflict? Is it o.k. to cry during liturgy?

I was expecting about 3 friends I had met through the cohort to attend. About 10 other women emailed me last week asking to meet or call me sometime. They feel alone and unsupported. No matter the background, the story is the same. It has overwhelmed me.

Last, it seems that everyone I talk to seeks an example of a woman who is leading. How can we connect them?

2 Comments:

Blogger BPalmieri said...

Hi Danielle, you can connect with other women who are leading by blogging and by finding connecters...have you read Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point?" Fascinating read.

Women leaders look like my mom, she is in her late '60's, got her PhD within the last 2 years, was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in the 1970's. She retired from executive position with Hudson River (New York)Presbytery (PCUSA) and is starting a consulting practice with other leaders. She is teaching a group of maximum security prisoners about the Old Testament. She's a great mom and awesome grandmother. If you'd like to get in touch with her just let me know!

Keep the faith.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Lance said...

Finding a mentor, someone to lead by example that is respected will aways draw out others. Do you have this type of person, a matriarch?

6:27 AM  

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