“In a world that tries to dim our light, we gather as intergenerational, racially diverse women ministers, igniting the flame of resilience as we uncover the untold stories, celebrate our strengths, and inspire future generations by illuminating the pathways that empower women leaders to shine and grow beyond the limits of systemic discrimination. ”
The project's primary objective is to explore the remarkable resiliency of women ministers in a world marked by misogyny, and to understand how this resilience has driven them to pursue unconventional paths in ministry. To achieve this, a diverse and intergenerational group of women will be brought together, representing various cultural backgrounds and races.
The initiative will use online gatherings and coffee shop interviews with key seasoned individuals to establish a secure and inclusive space where women ministers can openly share their experiences, support one another, and identify the sources of their resilience. The selection process will ensure a broad representation, of Black/White with a particular focus on Latina, Asian American, Native/Indigenous, mixed race women ministers.
Participants will engage in candid conversations about their individual journeys, the challenges they faced due to misogyny, and the strategies they employed to remain resilient. The intergenerational aspect will facilitate mentorship, with older ministers offering valuable guidance to younger members.
Aside from fostering dialogue and mutual support, the project aims to empower participants by developing clear narratives on the pathways that led to their leadership roles. This will enable them to share and replicate these paths with other women ministers and may lead to collaborative projects, such as leadership retreats and/or publishing the project's findings. We both have created cohorts and have engaged in research with women and are confident we can carry this out.
The ultimate goal is to create a supportive community that equips current and future women ministers with resources for personal and professional growth, helping them overcome challenges and nurture resilience.