“Junia’s” Daughter

Loved this story from Alice’s daughter (Hannah).

Witnessing my mother’s struggles within the church institution deeply impacted my understanding and experience of Christianity. At times in my life I have wanted to sever ties with the tradition completely and avoid being associated with such an oppressive narrative. My mother’s passion for institutional change has, however, kept me from doing so. Instead, it has allowed me to experience Christian faith from the eyes of the oppressed and to be inspired to action by the emancipatory message and radical relationships of Jesus.

Mom, thank you for making the intentional choice to work within your community and the church to push against the status quo, providing an opportunity for repressed communities to renew their voices. I continue with you so that people will not just like you, but will respect you, carry forward your work, and magnify the choir of women’s voices fighting for their just space (in religious and non-religious institutions) across our world.


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  • Thomas

    Odd that the appeal here is completely emotive and experiential. Curious how claims of “oppression” and injustice are deemed to have merit outside of letting Scripture speak.

    You could easily change out women in leadership for homosexuality and her comments would make just as much sense…oh wait that is exactly what my mainline homosexual Christian friends do.

  • Jason R

    Thomas, maybe you should Scot’s book “Junia is not alone” to which her post refers. Or at least click through and read the entire article before posting such a comment.

  • Jason R

    Meant to say “read Scot’s book” above. Missed a word.

  • Scot, I love what you are about. I too value your role in helping me stay in this system to help change it. I work and minister in a very conservative organization where women and Ethnic minorities are marginalized by the system and by other members. At times, I want to leave it; but I too realise that I cannot change a system unless I am in it. However, in order for me to stay in this, I must continue to be with like minded Junia’s daughters who are on journey w/ me. So often, I also find others who need to hear of Junia. I so pray that I too would encourage other women to stand up and lead from the periphery for God’s kingdom. Jim Henderson’s article about the church is also a great article to encourage daughters of Junia.
    Here is the link: (Junia is NOT alone, indeed.)

  • BTW, I heard you speak at the Synergy Conference 2 years ago. That too was also very empowering for women…Carolyn Custis James’ Whitby Forum and Synergy Network is also great for the journey that could be very lonely for women.

  • I am currently serving as the first female senior pastor in a United Methodist Church for the third consecutive appointment. I, too, am well-liked, but have seen and heard hateful stereotypes in each of them, from tiny rural settings to mid-size (and far more liberal) urban ones. It grieves me that in the year 2012, women are still having to “break ground” in mainline Christianity.