I recently attended a symposium at Regent Univ. Divinity school which presented a variety of workshops on leadership in the church. The lone female presenter, Dr. Estrelda Alexander, presented an excellent critique of the lack of weight currently given to social justice issues in the Pentecostal slice of Christianity despite the fact that it was an integral part of the response to the Azuza Street revival. She argued for the need of a resurgence of female voices in leadership in order: 1. to recapture the egalitarian leadership that was integral during the whole 1906 revival and 2. to bring, once again, the needed attention to social justice issues that so very often encompass women and children. Then, a response was given by a female, divinity PhD candidate and in her prepared response, she used King David repeatedly as the example to give support to Dr. Alexander's argument. Don't get me wrong ... I'm glad she was in agreement, but if we
don't give voice to the female biblical characters in our sermons, our examples, our conversations, our prepared responses, who will? These biblical women are our first role models and if we don't give them their spiritual place of leadership, who will? When given a chance to preach do we give voice to the marginalized women of scripture? What are your thoughts?