Essay on Women 's Roles And Leadership

1266 Words May 12th, 2016 null Page
As society transitions into the 21st century, the question of women’s roles and leadership is a dynamic and changing idea. This is true in religious institutions as well. The two female religious leaders I will be focusing on both challenge notions of gender roles, as well as sexuality and racial identity within their respective religions. Along the way, these women have faced heavy opposition from the outside world, as well as from members of their own faiths. Presbyterian minister Katie Ricks and Dr. Emilie M. Townes are groundbreaking pioneers for women of faith and force society to question how the interplay of sex, sexuality and race affect religion and religious leadership today. Katie Ricks is a Presbyterian minister who studied theology at the prestigious Columbia Theology Seminary in Decatur, Georgia–one the foremost theological institutions affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. While not much can be found about her early life, Katie Ricks is known for being the first openly lesbian minister ordained in the Presbyterian Church. Before being ordained, Katie Ricks could only serve as an Associate in Ministry, which she did for 10 years at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Huffington Post Religion). Her path to ordination was restricted by a clause made in the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America’s (PCUSA) Book of Order in 1978, which defined marriage as being strictly between a man and a woman, and deigned that ministers…

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