Church Women Unorthodox

The Theological Corruption of Church Women United

by Donna F. G. Hailson

Jean Williams left Church Women United’s World Community Day service feeling “uncomfortable” and “offended.” Her two friends—who, like Jean, are United Methodists—had never seen anything quite like this observance, entitled “Gathering Seed from a Medieval Motheroot.” They, said Jean, were simply “speechless . . . shocked.”

The ninety-minute ecumenical event took place on November 2, 1997, at the Yale Avenue Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Services, using the CWU-produced leaders’ guides and worship bulletins, were held the same week in more than a thousand churches across the country.

For Jean, the defining . . .

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