Am I a Leader?
"From the time I was a child, I believed I should serve God. Now I am studying theology but my church does not yet ordain women. I am waiting for God to do a new thing here.” Grace Rugut Chelagat, a Kenyan woman, spoke these words at the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) consultation on “Gender, Leadership, and Power” held in Limuru, Kenya, June 2007.
Considering that Presbyterians have only recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s ordination as deacons, we do not need to stretch our imagination too much to think of a time when most people considered heretical the notion that women can be leaders. Many women have come and gone while waiting in the borderland between God’s call and the Church’s refusal to accept their calls. Many women of faith, like Grace, continue to live in such a borderland even in today’s world. This legacy is still part of women’s lives, even among those of us in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who believe we have left it behind.
Many women are leaders without even knowing it! Learn about ways to redefine leadership and explore your gifts for leadership in the March/April issue of Horizons.
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Unzu Lee is a program associate for Presbyterian Women in Louisville, Kentucky.
Illustration by Sandra Charles
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