Reflection Paper

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My regional minister stopped the conversation and asked me, “What did you just say your metaphor for ministry was again?” I replied, with a confidence I had not felt since I left my high school math classroom, “An empowering agent of hope.” Although a year had passed since writing about my metaphors and functions for ministry, for the first time, I claimed my metaphor to my ordination council not quite a month ago. Through the lens of empowerment and hope, and within my current context of rural congregational ministry, this semester of considering issues for women in Christian ministry revealed insights, questions, and growing edges. Joan Chittister, in Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men, and Katharine Rhodes Henderson, in God’s Troublemakers, crafted a framework for ministering as a female in a rural congregation. Using author Sally Helgesen’s “web of inclusion” (Henderson, 59) as a base understanding for the myriad of interconnections in ministry, Henderson claims that the spectrum of personal to universal lives on the strands of the web (Henderson, 59), with each person existing as their own sphere. I find hope, for myself and for my community of faith, in the interconnectedness and continuum of the web of inclusion. For example, I guided my congregation as they gathered Church World Service flood buckets from the community. In inviting all the local churches and a few community organizations to participate, the women of the congregation modeled
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