In 1967 Katherine Switzer made history as the first woman ever to enter … and complete the Boston Marathon. In this iconic photo you can see race official Jock Semple (the bald man in the black blazer) attempting to pull Switzer’s numbers off and stop her from running.
As I reflect on the role of women ministering in the church, I can’t help but wonder if we have not often acted like Jock Semple, attempting to prevent women from engaging as full fledged ministry members because of the inertia of well established androcentric institutions and practices.
With that thought in mind, we turn in this podcast to discuss the topic of women in ministry. With contributions by missionary Laura Russell and pastor/scholar Carol Penner, there is much here worth contemplating as we all consider what it means to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith.