DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Kate Bowler began to take an interest in the role of evangelical women as a 14-year-old at Mennonite Bible camp.
Only men preached at nightly gatherings, she noticed. And only men were allowed to baptize and serve Communion. Women were relegated to singing, praying and the occasional informal speaking roles.
One day she would return as “a lady James Dobson,” she imagined.