... and ain't I a woman?
I'm stealing from Maya Angelou. But, ain't I? Ain't I a woman? And not to be arrogant, but I've been told that I can preach. I've been told that I have the gift. Ahem. Excuse me.
But, apparently, we are not all ready to see women in the pulpit. It's something that we are struggling with in all of cour churches -- liberal to conservative. It made the cover of the New York Times on Saturday. And it baffles me. I've heard it before. But, there it is on the cover of the New York Times. It reads:
The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, pastor of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Phoenix, said that at every church where she has served, people have told her they were leaving because she is a woman.
At a large church where she was an associate pastor, a colleague told her that when she was in the pulpit, he could not focus on what she was saying because she is a woman. A man in the congregation covered his eyes whenever she preached.
Most women clergy (and those of us in training) have heard these comments. But, honey, I can preach. I will preach. And ain't I a woman?