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Feminine Registers: Moving beyond Stereotypical Claims About Gender to Discover the Interpretive Dynamics Operating in a Sermon When a Woman Preaches

Friday, 2:00pm | Library

Women have been adding their voices to the proclamation of the gospel for as long as there has been a gospel to proclaim, but only in the last half-century have these voices become part of the official catalogue of Christian preaching. Using the linguistic tool of Register to diagnose the constellation of variables that influence meaning-making (what, who, and how), this workshop will help us move beyond stereotypical claims about gender to discover the interpretive dynamics operating in a sermon when a woman preaches. Come learn more about the complex relationships and expectations operating for every preacher, but especially how the voices of women are enriching and expanding our understanding of the gospel.

Jennifer Copeland

Jennifer is a native of South Carolina and an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. She has pastored churches across the Upstate of South Carolina and for 16 years served as the United Methodist Chaplain at Duke University, where she also taught undergraduate and divinity school classes, served on committees and task forces, and attended lots of basketball games. She is a graduate of Duke University several times over with a BA, double majoring in English and Religion, a Master of Divinity, a PhD in religion, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She is the author of, Feminine Registers: The Importance of Women’s Voices for Preaching and an editor of the volume, Preaching Gospel: Essays in Honor of Richard Lischer. Jennifer has two children: Nathan, a software developer who lives in Durham, NC, and Hannah, a student at the University of Tampa.

Session ID [192]
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