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Manuela Casti Yeagley: “What’s Next? Lessons from Five Decades of Women’s Ordination in USA Mainline Protestantism” at Faith & Reason Sabbath School

(10:00 a.m. eastern / 9:00 a.m. central / 7:00 a.m. Pacific)

This Sabbath, Manuela Casti Yeagley presents “What’s Next? Lessons from Five Decades of Women’s Ordination in USA Mainline Protestantism.

The gender equality debate within the Seventh-day Adventist Church has largely focused on women’s ordination. However, the record among other denominations shows that ordaining women is the beginning, not the end, of a long march toward gender justice. There must also be a focus on grassroots education, inclusive role-modeling for girls from a young age, redesigned seminary education for both men and women, purposefully-designed hiring and placement practices, close monitoring of career advancement and salary practices, and organizational accompaniment at a congregational level. Otherwise, women pastors will continue to suffer from systemic discrimination and disadvantages. Manuela draws from her research, which explores the experiences of more than one hundred recently ordained women in three mainline denominations. 

Yeagley is currently exploring faith maturity across different religions and continents and is a research coordinator in the NAD Pastors’ Health and Wellness Taskforce, where she works to support an evidence-driven response to Adventist clergy’s burnout and depression. Before moving to the USA to marry Steve, she worked in Adventist ministerial education at Newbold and Collonges and led the European ValueGenesis research. She received her PhD in practical theology from King’s College London.  
Faith and Reason Sabbath School meets Sabbath, November 18, 10:00 am. Socializing starts at 9:30.

If you would like to attend this class via Zoom, email to request the link.

Upcoming Sabbaths:

November 25  Ganoune Diop

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