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Empowering Women | Dismantling Patriarchy 

2018 WPLI Institute

  Dr. Teresa Fry Brown
Bandy Professor of Preaching
Candler School of Theology
Emory University

The Teresa Fry Brown WPI was created to empower clergywomen and other women in ministry to more effectively carry out the mission and witness of Jesus Christ in their preaching ministries. This involves helping women address both internal and external challenges and impediments to being women in ministry who preach.

Each year in Dallas, Texas we host the Women's Preaching and Leadership Institute and invite a respected Womanist Scholar and/or Theologian to share her wisdom and expertise on Friday evening. Saturday we host workshops on preaching and leadership and hold a preaching practicum where participants practicve preaching. We end the Institute with a worship service. 
Needs of Women in Ministry:
  • Discover and develop their unique voices.                 
  • A safe environment to connect, share ministry challenges, offer and receive support.                                                  
  • ​Participate in ongoing training in leadership developmnent, homiletics, teaching, sermon preparation and delivery.        
  • Practice of self-care.                                                                 
  • Strategies for alternative ministry - when the doors of the institutional church are closed.
Mary Magdalene

How many times have you heard that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute? But, have you ever read it for yourself? Is there a particular passage in the Bible that describes her occupation?

​Did you know that in early Christian writings Mary Magdalene is referred to as, "the apostle to the apostles?"

​Don't you want to get herstory straight?

There are women who make incredible contributions. Some of whom we only hear of after they're gone. Like African-American civil rights activist Ella Baker.

​Sheerah is another such woman. Her contributions are yet with us because Sheerah was built to last. But you've probably never heard of her. Well, her story is in 1st Chronicles chapter 7. Check it out.

​Everyday women are making a difference in society. Not just women with titles and position, but women we fail to notice, women we skip over. I will no longer skip over Sheerah. We need to get herstory straight.