ASHEVILLE, N.C. (ABP)—As an ordained Southern Baptist woman pastor, Nancy Sehested became a celebrity in some circles when her Tennessee church was pushed out of its association in the late 1980s for hiring her. Today, she serves outside the limelight as a prison chaplain. ...
Sehested suspects many women involved in the early struggle for acceptance no longer are in church leadership. ...
"I think I would have left the church completely if it had not been for the fact I cannot figure out any other community that has this grand story of Jesus." ...
She found a home, too, among the least-loved and furthest outcast of society when she became a prison chaplain.
Every day, she enters the walls of maximum security Marion Correctional Institution expecting to glimpse the holy in the midst of a population that has committed unholy acts.
"I'm a priest in the village of the damned," she said.
"Prisoners are the truth bearers in our culture," Sehested said. "Regardless of what we say, this is what we model: money is all; end a conflict with violence; address any difference of opinion with blame, dismissing or shunning. They bear that truth to us in vivid and destructive ways." ...
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For more on Nancy Sehested, there's this short bio on the Union Theological Seminary website:
[quote]The daughter and granddaughter of Southern Baptist ministers, the Rev. Nancy Sehested ['78] sought ordination in the Southern Baptist Church despite the refusal of the Convention to approve such a role for women. She was called by Prescott Memorial Baptist Church in Memphis, which was "disfellowshipped" by the Shelby County Baptist Association.
Sehested became a major "story" in 1987, and was later featured in Bill Moyers’s documentary examining the church's policies and politics. As of 2003, Nancy and her husband Kenneth Sehested ['78] are co-pastors at Circle of Mercy in Asheville, N.C., an ecumenical congregation rooted in the Baptist and Congregational practice.[/quote]Read the full article