Streams Run Uphill

streams“Where streams run uphill, there a woman rules.” -Ethiopian proverb

In the candid book Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergywomen of Color, we bring together diverse narratives to encourage, educate, and equip clergywomen wrestling with identity, authority, and the uphill struggle against racism, sexism, ageism, and other ministry challenges. Key features:

  • Offers encouragement to women interested in ordained ministry, as well as congregations who are being led by clergy women of color
  • Reminds readers of the promise of God and that even through the struggle, no one journeys alone
  • An excellent resource for young women of color who are discerning ministry as their vocations as well as seminarians, professors, and clergy

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…I found myself desperate to uncover the meaningful and therefore pertinent experiences of the rare but growing number of other clergywomen. They are the other in that they are non-Anglo. They are seen as exotic, foreign, and mysterious. Some have accents. Some look and sound “American.” Some look incredibly young. Some are bilingual. Some are quiet. Some are vociferous. Some are in-credible preachers. Some have a healing pastoral presence. Some are mothers. Some are single. Some are gay. Some are recent im-migrants. Some are second or third generation. They serve in Asian American, African American, and Spanish-speaking congregations, or, like me, they serve congregations that look nothing like them. I hunger for the life-giving words that came from our unique calling and the acknowledgment of the distinct challenges we faced from the moment we decided to say, “Lord, here I am. Send me.” – Mihee

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