Courageous Conversation: How Does Having More Women in Faith Leadership Create More Gender Equality?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2023

In this Courageous Conversation, we reflected on the status of women leaders in faith communities in Africa and the U.S. and discussed their impact on both faith communities and on our overall society. Why can it be difficult for women to attain leadership roles within faith communities? What difference would it make if more women held these roles? Rev. Dr. Arlene O. Hall, Lead Pastor of Deliverance Temple Worship Center, and Ven. Scholar Wayua Kiilu, Anglican priest and Lecturer at St. Paul’s University share their stories as women in faith leadership. This conversation was facilitated by Marie-Rose Romain Murphy, Girl Child Long Walk senior project consultant.

More About Our Speakers

Rev. Dr. Arlene O. Hall is the Lead Pastor of Deliverance Temple Worship Center in Massachusetts. She was the first female and youngest President of the Black Ministerial Alliance and serves as a Teaching Fellow for Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston. 

Ven. Scholar Wayua Kiilu is a Lecturer at St. Pauls’ University, Limuru-Kenya, Joshua and Timothy School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies, Mission and Practical Theology with a special interest in Christian-Muslim Relations. She is also a priest with the Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Machakos at the level of an Archdeacon.

Marie-Rose Romain Murphy is the Girl Child Long Walk senior project consultant, co-founder of the Haiti Community Foundation, and founder of ESPWA, Inc. (Economic Stimulus Projects for Work and Action), a Haitian-led organization. She is based in Nîmes, France. 

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