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Woman's Silhouette in WindowBy Ann Chen

A well-known female preacher recently wrote some reflections about the treatment of women around the world, and recounted her own experience facing discrimination as a woman in ministry. As I enter a season of transition from being overseas to stepping into full-time ministry in the States, I’ve been recounting my own journey as a woman navigating a call into ministry.

I don’t think I’ve faced the type of overt discrimination I’ve heard others go through: women who were told that they had no place in the church except in the nursery, others who were hit back with 1 Corinthians 14:34 if they expressed any opinions, even others who were told that a desire to go into ministry was actually sinful and of the devil. (more…)

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Read more about Women of Color in Ministry in the Huffington Post–>

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Photo by Mike Behnken

Photo by Mike Behnken

(In her previous post, Tina shared her inner ache to serve in Christian ministry again, even as a mom with a baby girl only just turned one.  A continuation of her reflections…)

By Tina Teng-Henson

I do not shape my life or direct my steps. I do not even know if I will have a tomorrow, honestly. (more…)

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Photo by Ryk Neethling

Photo by Ryk Neethling

By Wendy Choy-Chan

When I first considered going into seminary, a church friend asked if I had a calling to full-time ministry.  My answer was, “not really…  I just love to study the Bible and what I am getting at church and elsewhere is not enough.”  She then said, quite bluntly, that I shouldn’t go because I didn’t have a calling. (more…)

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Photo by Horia Varlan

Photo by Horia Varlan

By Tina Teng-Henson

After 9 months of being my daughter’s main care-provider, I was finally ready to find and pay for consistent childcare so I could focus anew on schoolwork — which then led me further down a path I needed to take: one of more fully integrating this new identity of mine as a new mom with the other parts of who I was before my daughter arrived – daughter, grad student, minister, friend, wife. (more…)

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Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

By Diana Gee

I’ve had several friends remark to me, “I’m glad I don’t have your job.” I take it as a backhanded compliment from people who have experienced enough of church life to know the demands and expectations placed on pastors. But having worked in secular industry and having friends in all sorts of jobs, I know that stress comes in all shapes and sizes.

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By Melanie Mar Chow

In mid-July, a magazine covered the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding.  It was authored by Patsy Mink, a Japanese American woman educator, and the law set in motion a change in athletics as well — the repercussions of which are particularly significant in this year’s Olympic Games, as the US female athletes out-medalled the men, 58 to 45. More significantly, 29 women brought home a gold medal, compared to the 17 gold medals brought home by male athletes. (more…)

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By Diana Gee

This wasn’t my dream.

If you had asked me five years ago what I would be doing in five year’s time, I would have given you a blank, helpless look. What I did know was that I was coming to a crossroads and a choice had to be made. My passion was for the Church but my paycheck came from my day job. (more…)

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