Who was S. Annie Grant?

At the 1890 Free Methodist General Conference the Northern Indiana Conference sent Anna Grant as a delegate. Grant, an evangelist who sent in regular ministry updates to the denominational magazine The Free Methodist, appears to primarily have been preaching in the northeast portion of the state  (Whitley, Steuben, Allen, Noble, De Kalb and Legrange Counties). While other female evangelists I’ve researched have had either spouse who was ordained elders (Clara & John Wetherald) or a well-written annual conference history that outlined their story (Ida Gage), Anna Grant so far doesn’t have that.  She and Clara Wetherald were the only two … Continue reading Who was S. Annie Grant?

As God Will: 1892 Update from Clara Wetherald

After about a 5-year break, I am returning to the topic of 19th-century women’s ordination. Currently, I’m working on tracing the stories of the Free Methodist General Conference female delegates from 1890, Anna Grant, (Northern Indiana), and 1894, Clara Sage (Wabash, Ind,), Mrs. Colemen (Wisconsin) & Mrs. Barnhart (Pittsburg). More on what I have found to come. While my dissertation traced the stories of the two women delegates who spoke up in defense of their ministry (Clara Wetherald & Ida Gage), I have begun to wonder about those who were silent. Why didn’t they speak; what did they think? Some … Continue reading As God Will: 1892 Update from Clara Wetherald

The Hypocrite & The Believer: Televised Courtship and Marital Dramas

Part Two 8.17.18 Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles –The Duggar family, like most patriarchy families, believes in courtship instead of dating. This means both adult male and female children do not casually date but are paired with a potential spouse who their parents believe might be a good match for them based on personality, religious beliefs, and other interests. Often times the children do express attraction towards their potential partner, as the Duggar children did, but it is then up to the father to approve the match and the families to meet and decide if courtship is suitable. At this point, the … Continue reading The Hypocrite & The Believer: Televised Courtship and Marital Dramas

The Hypocrite & The Believer: Passing on Patriarchy Culture Through Pop Culture

Part One 8.16.18 Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles – In the summer of 2015 the seemingly blissful, perfect conservative lives of the Duggar family, stars of TLC’s now defunct hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, fell apart as over a series of months their oldest child Joshua Duggar’s history of sexual misconduct came to light. This began when the American tabloid In Touch uncovered evidence, later confirmed by the family, that during his teen years the Joshua had molested five underage girls, four of whom were his sisters. As if this was not troublesome enough, in August 2015 Joshua Duggar’s name … Continue reading The Hypocrite & The Believer: Passing on Patriarchy Culture Through Pop Culture

Grappling with Purity Culture Regrets

I’m now 34, and like so many former evangelicals who grew up at the height of the purity movement all of my romantic choices were influenced by the guidelines of books such as I Kissed Dating Goodbye. I now realize I am damn lucky my romantic narrative didn’t turn into a horror show. Continue reading Grappling with Purity Culture Regrets