THE PHENOMENAL SPIRITUAL WOMAN FROM THE INSIDE OUT Dr. Karen E. Griffin
PHENOMENAL• Exceedingly or unbelievably great• Grand• Fantastic of the highest quality• Extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)
SPIRITUALITY• The way we live our Christian life with integrity; the pattern of our spiritual practice that give particular shape to a faithful living witness. Some Christians express a more inwardly focused spirituality and some a more outwardly focused spirituality; but every authentically Christian spirituality will include a balance of interior practice and visible witness in the world. Christian spirituality is inherently holistic because Jesus embodied the complete integration of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational dimensions of human life, all united in divine love. (Thompson and Bryant, 2005)
SPIRITUAL FORMATION1. Spiritual formation involves an ongoing inner change or transformation.2. Spiritual formation is the process of becoming who we want to be and who God wants us to be.3. This formation process is a lifelong effort.4. Spiritual formation involves becoming the song that we sing about.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION5. In essence, “…spiritual formation…is ourgradual transformation from biological andsocially mediated self into the more remarkablephenomenon of self as spirit…” (Johnson, 1989)
FINDING VOICE IS SPIRITUAL• In Wrestling with the Patriarchs: Retrieving Women’s Voices in Preaching by Lee McGee she examines and critiques how women ministers in the Christian Church lose and retrieve their voices through the lens of engaging difference. ( McGee, 1996)
WHAT IS VOICEA Woman’s voice is their identity, perspective,world view, etc.
LOSS OF VOICE• When a woman’s voice is suppressed it negatively impacts one’s spirituality.• This leads to a disconnection with God
HOW DO WE LOSS VOICE• The loss of voice appears to be developed early in life according to the research.• By compromising self for the approval of others
LOSS OF VOICE• I believe a woman listens so well to others and seeks others’ voices so effectively that she may not appreciate and develop her own voice. Or a woman may believe that she should withhold her voice in deference to or consideration for others. Thu, a conflict arises in women over the use of voice. The conflict for women preachers is this: How do I balance the private and communal perspectives in my voice? Or put another way,
LOSS OF VOICE• How do I find a voice that is faithful to the community and authentic to my own identity? McGee, 1996Gillian believes this becomes a major problemfor girls in adolescence, especially when a girlrecognizes differences between her perceptionsand other commonly held points of view. Gilliancalls this process the “loss of voice.” McGee,1996
LOSS OF VOICE• The issues that women wrestle with are relationality, with voice and agency.• Ultimately this wrestling leads to a disconnect with self and God.• The phenomenal and spiritual self are subsequently lost.
RETRIEVAL OF VOICE• Agency can be “defined as the ability to be an agent for oneself in contact with others and with one’s environment…Teresa Fry, a professor of homiletics at Emory• Advocating for one’s self, agency, leads to retrieval of voice
VOICE RETRIEVAL• What are those forces that encouraged the woman’s voice retrieval and to gain agency?• Development of a methodology for voice retrieval:• A methodology for voice retrieve which engages a process whereby differences, individual voices, perspectives, and process, must be engaged
QUESTIONS• List situations in which you use or do not use your voice.• What encourages you to speak or inhibits you from speaking?• How can you listen more attentively to women’s voices?• What in our culture influences us not to listen to women’s voices and spiritual knowledge?• On what subjects do we really pay attention to what women have to say?• What are the “cultural resistances” to “hearing” women’s voices in the church? In the congregation? In the seminary? In church members?• In what way might you be resistant to hearing women’s voices? When and where are you resistant to hearing women’s voices? In what groups or communities are you resistant to hearing women’s voices?