The Church of the Brethren’s Ministry Office, in cooperation with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership and Bethany Theological Seminary, has put together a series of sessions on women in leadership for the 2012 Annual Conference.
On the theme, “Women in Leadership: Four Biblical Stories,” the series features the leadership of Lisa M. Wolfe, associate professor in the Endowed Chair of Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University, who also teaches for Saint Paul School of Theology. She holds a doctorate from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University, and a master of divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. Published works include a recent book from Cascade Press, “Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, and Judith,” and a related “Living the Questions” Bible study DVD. Her article in the United Church of Christ’s “Still Speaking” magazine, “On Being an Irritant,” received a 2010 Associated Church Press Award of Excellence for Theological Reflection.
The series includes the Clergywomen’s Breakfast on July 8, on the theme, “Beyond Bitterness: Naomi’s Story”; a noontime insight session on July 8 titled “Finagling Justice: Tamar’s Story”; an evening insight session on July 8 titled “By the Hand of a Woman: Judith’s Story”; and a noontime insight session on July 9 titled “Forgotten Minister: Phoebe’s Story.”
In addition, plans are being made for Wolfe’s books to be on sale at the Brethren Press Bookstore during the Conference, and for a book signing. Find the flier for the series at www.cobannualconference.org/StLouis/InsightSessionWomenInMinistry.pdf .