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Gardner-Webb Divinity School and Religious Studies and Philosophy Department Host Baptist Women in Ministry Film Screening on April 15

Midwives of a Movement graphic title

Documentary Chronicles History of Movement to Advocate for Women in Ministry

Baptist Women in Ministry Executive Director, the
Rev. Dr. Meredith Hare Stone will attend the
screening and participate in a Q&A session after
the movie.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The School of Divinity and the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy are sponsoring the screening of “Midwives of a Movement” on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Dover Chapel. Produced by Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM), the film features the organization’s Executive Director, the Rev. Dr. Meredith Hare Stone.

Stone will also attend the Gardner-Webb event and participate in a Q&A session following the movie. The screening is free and open to the public.

Baptist Historian and Baylor University professor, Mandy McMichael, provides commentary for the film, as well. The documentary chronicles the four-decade history of the movement to advocate for women in ministry within and beyond the Southern Baptist Convention.

“Midwives of a Movement” interviews 11 women who were active in the early days of the women’s movement within the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1970s and 1980s, and includes archival material from these years. The women tell how they came to feel called to ministry and what they needed as they began seek opportunities to live out their calling. The film ends as each of them reflect on what their involvement in this movement means to them today.  

More information about the film is available here.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event.  Please call 704-406-4270 or email [email protected] with your request.

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