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Michel Sun Lee: “Who is the Real S. M. I. Henry? A Look at a Temperance Advocate and Woman Minister” at CZSS

(9:30 a.m. Pacific / 11:30 a.m. central / 12:30 p.m. eastern)

Michel Sun Lee will present “Who is the Real S. M. I. Henry? A Look at a Temperance Advocate and Woman Minister" for the Choir Zoom Sabbath School at Pacific Union College on Saturday, August 19.

It is not unusual for the public memory of an individual of some significance to a religious body to diverge in small or large ways from historical sources. Nineteenth century temperance activist Sarepta Myrenda Irish Henry is often cited both in support of and against debates about women's ordination within Seventh-day Adventist communities in the present day. This presentation highlights what is crucially missing in these conversations: her voice and the historical context of her ministry.

Michel Sun Lee is a historian of religion in North America. Her book project looks at the history of Sabbath-keeping among Jews and majority and minority Protestants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She recently completed a PhD in religious studies (religion in the Americas) at the University of Texas at Austin and holds an MA and BA from Stanford University.

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