What did female Quaker ministry look like? – tales of the Inner Light.

In 1814 Anna Braithwaite was 'called to the ministry' as a Quaker female. But what did that mean? Being 'called to the ministry' in many denominations in this period entailed a rigorous process by which candidates were evaluated by members at the ordaining church, or a panel of churchmen such as a presbytery. For Baptists... Continue Reading →

Ministry or Family? A woman’s conundrum in the 19C

In the nineteenth century, ministry took many forms...and whether women could or could not participate often depended upon the context and, indeed, the denomination in which they worshipped. The question of women in ministry is not the point of this post. Women certainly did exercise various forms of leadership... even in denominations in which it... Continue Reading →

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