The Present and Future of the ETS: Women’s Involvement with the Society, the Journal, and Membership

Bibliographic Information: 

Richie, Cristina. “The Present and Future of the ETS: Women’s Involvement with the Society, the Journal, and Membership,” Missing Voices: Broadening the Discussion on Men, Women, and Ministry (2014): 35-39.

Description:

As the Evangelical Theological Society celebrates 65 years of a blessed existence, we are looking back from where we came and looking forward to where we are going. But unless we can move forward with all evangelicals, our work will not survive.

The ETS is patently under-populated by women. Currently only 7% of the members are female. But even this percent is high compared to the (in)visible role of women within the society and in the journal. The object of this paper, therefore, will be to explore the dissonance between the purposes of the ETS, the mission of the journal, and the constitutional by-laws with actual member participation, journal involvement, and conference activity of women.

If the ETS wants to move vibrantly into the future, we must evaluate our current trajectory. Underutilizing the expertise of trained evangelical women scholastics entails the quality of academic work is lopsided, and the theological mind dwarfed. While simply saying that female participation should represent gender percentage in the world would be not only unreasonable but also legalistic, fostering a learned environment that supports women’s academic advances and advancement must be more fully addressed. Our future depends on it.

Publisher: 
CBE International