Women in Mission: a Protestant Tradition


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Church Leadership
The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr. speaks during a meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Historical Society in 1983. Yrigoyen, who served as top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, died May 9. He was 84. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Charles Yrigoyen remembered as pastor and scholar

The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr., a leading United Methodist historian, oversaw the denomination’s Commission on Archives and History for nearly 24 years. He died at age 84.
Faith Stories
DeLaris Johnson Risher receives applause during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Johnson Robinson House on the campus of the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. Risher, 92, was one of the first Black women to attend what was then Scarritt College for Christian Workers 70 years ago. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

She ‘dared to stand up for women of color’

In 1952, two Black women quietly integrated Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee — two years before segregation in education was ruled unconstitutional. DeLaris Johnson Risher looks back on those days and her long career as an educator and deaconess.
The Rev. Adrienne M. Zackery. Photo courtesy of the author.

The cost of being a strong woman

Being a clergywoman, especially a pastor of color, requires standing firm in faith and learning the importance of balance in life.