God Is Not A Boy’s Name. Becoming Woman, Becoming Priest, by Lyn G. Brakeman

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God Is Not A Boy’s Name. Becoming Woman, Becoming Priest
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The Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman
Who is the publisher?
Cascade Books, imprint of Wipf and Stock
Month and Year of Publication
March, 2016
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CASCADE_TemplateLyn Brakeman was among the first women to enter the ordination in the Episcopal Church after the General Convention voted in 1976 that women could be priests. The bishop of her diocese had voted against ordaining women priests and hospitality towards female aspirants was guarded at best.

The book title was a campaign slogan used by the Episcopal Women’s Caucus when women were lobbying the Church to be priests in the 1970s. It appeared on T-shirts and mugs. The author still has her T-shirt, though it’s a bit snug.

So why would a forty-year-old institutional naif, suburban housewife, and mother of four enter such unfriendly territory to seek priestly ordination when her personal life was in chaos? Things would have been easier had she been a man, not read Betty Friedan, not been headed for divorce, and had not engaged in sins beginning with “a.”

Brakeman offers no easy answers but tackles difficult issues—addiction, death and grief, divorce, the nature of priesthood, Christian feminism and Jesus the Christ—with candor. Her story is held together by her spiritual connection to the voice of God from within and her growing conviction that the nature of divinity is gender-free; hence, theological language in sanctuary and classroom must reflect this truth in just and loving ways.

The language issue is old; its lived reality in the flesh is alive and well. Words form us. Words matter. So far no one has been brash enough to include God as a choice in one of those books that list name choices for children.

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Lyn Brakeman
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