Women's Leadership Initiative Blog

Cultural Competence and the “Golden Rule”

Note: Two students in the Women’s Leadership Initiative traveled to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, a Lakota Indian Reservation, for a pilgrimage experience in June. This blog shares the experience of one student,… Read more »


Transformative Outlook on Women in Ministerial Leadership

By Karynthia A. G. Phillips The pilgrimage to Thailand with the Women’s Leadership Initiative team from Central Tennessee was for me a demonstrative portrait of God’s creative work. The various organizations we visited… Read more »


Anatomy of a Schism – May 15 Book Event

Nashville, Tenn. – What would happen if the lives of five Baptist clergywomen were set at the center of a conversation about changes to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) over the last… Read more »


Experiencing God’s Love In A Different Place

By Alisha Smith Haddock God’s love knows no boundaries. In the Buddhist country of Thailand, I saw God clearly at work on behalf of people that had similar issues and problems as… Read more »


Thailand Pilgrimage: Cultivating Love

By Jennifer Thomas   “God language can tie people into knots, of course. In part, that is because ‘God’ is not God’s name. Referring to the highest power we can imagine, ‘God’… Read more »


Thailand Pilgrimage: “The World as My Parish”

By Marie C. King “I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden… Read more »


As Good as it Gets?

By Eileen R. Campbell-Reed When the search committee from Monroe Corner Baptist Church first phoned, Martha said to herself, “This is never going to happen. They are not going to call a woman!” Nevertheless,… Read more »


Thursday morning in Chiang Mai

By Eileen Campbell-Reed  Saint Patrick’s Day When I assigned the days for morning devotions I paid no attention to the dates. But I’m glad I got Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s one of… Read more »


Wednesday Morning in Chiang Mai

Trust in the Lord By Jessica Jenkins If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. -Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ… Read more »


Tuesday Morning in Bangkok

Are We There Yet? By Marie C. King One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment… Read more »