“But who is God here? God is known and experienced as an inner power. This is where Quaker theology is crucial. Divine authority and power are located within the woman minister. This gives the amazing potential for the woman to claim dynamic power, agency and authority―a radical potential in light of a general social context which acted to ensure female passivity and conformity.” Maureen Graham, Women of Power and Presence: The Spiritual Formation of Four Quaker Women Ministers.
Darla S’s story mirrors many of the themes women shared of growing up in denominations that did not allow women in ministry. Darla, now a pastor and recorded minister in Northwest Yearly Meeting, grew up in a Baptist church and felt called to be a minister in high school. She quickly found that there wasn’t space for her to be a minister in that tradition, but she was told that she would make a great pastor’s wife. Darla said that being up front wasn’t even something that crossed her mind, because she knew that it wasn’t allowed. As an adult, Darla and her husband joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. The leaders of that organization told her that, because she had small children, she had to quit her job and her ministry and stay home with the children.