Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Birthing the birthright: Midwife Leadership Style with African American clergywomen
by Woodard, Marsha Brown, D.Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary, 2009, 122; 3361036
Abstract (Summary)

Internalized oppression is a reasonable response to the inundation of messages that are disempowering and devaluing. In this project, movies have helped African American clergywomen explore and deconstruct these messages. The Midwife Leadership Style created a participant-centered environment where women became free to share even as they would if they were gathered around a kitchen table. Within the project, movies were used to stimulate dialogue and as a disseminator of educational content. It was my finding that women were able to learn to identify these messages and to gain skills that enable them to develop healthy responses. The project establishes a foundation for additional work in exploring the unique and powerful understanding of faith that African American women possess.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Proffitt, Anabel
School: Lancaster Theological Seminary
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Black studies, Womens studies, African American Studies
Keywords: African-American, African-American clergywomen, Clergywomen, Internalized oppression, Leadership, Leadership styles, Midwife Leadership Style, Movies, Women's studies
Publication Number: 3361036
ISBN: 978-1-109-19760-0
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