A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

Women have been among the most dynamic and successful ministers in all Protestant denominations; but in divinity school, Sarah Sentilles discovered that some of the best and brightest were having trouble and even leaving the church altogether. What was happening? To find out, she entered the lives of female ministers — women of various ages, races, and denominations — and emerged with the first real portrait of what it’s like to lead as a woman of faith today.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and triumph, the women’s stories take us from calls to the pulpit through ordinations and service. Despite many churches’ resistance — conscious or not — to re-imagining what it means to be a minister, many of these women are achieving remarkable transformations in their congregations. In their inspiring determination to perform the creative, life-giving work to which they are called, these women illuminate a way that the church can revitalize itself. What’s at stake is nothing less than the future of the church itself.

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Boston – Back Bay: Trinity Church – Pulpit

Boston – Back Bay: Trinity Church – Pulpit
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The pulpit at Trinity Church was designed by Charles Coolidge and executed by John Evans in 1916. It depicts figures of St. Paul, St. Chrysostom, Martin Luther, Hugh Latimer and Phillips Brooks.

Trinity Church, at 206 Clarendon Street, was built from 1873 to 1876 by Henry Hobson Richardson. The Episcopal parish, founded in 1733, originally worshiped on Summer Street until it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1872. Under the direction of Rector Phillips Brooks, Hobson was commissioned to design a replacement in Copley Square. Trinity Church helped establish Richardson’s reputation, becoming the birthplace and archetype of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, characterized by a clay roof, polychromy, rough stone, heavy arches, and a massive tower.

The building’s plan is a modified Greek Cross with four arms extending outwards from the central tower, which stands 211 ft tall. Situated in Copley Square, which was originally a mud flat, Trinity rests on some 4500 wooden piles, each driven through 30 feet of gravel fill, silt, and clay, and constantly wetted by a pump so they do not rot if exposed to air.

Its interior murals, which cover over 21,500 square feet were completed entirely by American artists. Richardson and Brooks decided that a richly colored interior was essential and turned to an at the time unknown John La Farge. The Church’s windows were originally clear glass at consecration but later adorned. Four windows were designed by Edward Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris. Another four windows were done by La Farge, who used a revolutionary style of layering opalescent glass.

In 2007, Trinity Church was ranked #25 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

Trinity Church National Register #70000733 (1970)

Fresh Air in the Pulpit

(PRWEB) April 9, 2005

Considered one of the most thought provoking andlife challenging pastors of his generation, Rev. Carlos D. Ross, Sr. is quickly becoming one of the most respected young ministers on the scene today. With his unique blend of traditional and contemporary style of delivery he has been compared to ministry greats such as Bishop T.D. Jakes and Bishop Eddie Long. Pastor Ross has been use from state to state, ministering to both senior and junior hearers alike motivating them to accept the challenge and call of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The structure of family is a very important value to Pastor Ross and his wife Sicily. Being the father of two daughters and two sons (Ashlyn, Meghan, Carlos Jr. and Nicolas) he understands the many heartaches and trials of being a parent in today’s society. This is the motivating force behind his mission to promote family wellness and individual accountability.