Married with children: the experience of women ministers of word and sacrament in the United Reformed Church
Robbins, Mandy and Fowler, Christine. (2008) Married with children: the experience of women ministers of word and sacrament in the United Reformed Church. Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol.29 (No.3). pp. 321-326. ISSN 1361-7672Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13617670802511079
The experience of women being admitted to full ministry has a much longer history within the Free Churches than in the Anglican Church, although from the way in which the Church of England debate on women priests and bishops has been reported this is often not acknowledged. The United Reformed Church (URC) has given equal access for men and women to ministry from the date of the union in 1972 between the Congregational Church and the Presbyterian Church. Both denominations have a long history of women in ministry. This paper examines the experience of 50 URC clergywomen who combine marriage, children and ministry to explore their experience of ministry, marriage and motherhood. The findings demonstrate that, overall, the women's experience is mixed, although the general expectation among congregations and moderators is that women are the primary care-givers within the family. The implications of these findings are discussed.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Beliefs and Values|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 321-326|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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