Alliance of Baptists Denominational Day


Alliance of Baptists Denominational Day

On Tuesday, February 23, we will celebrate Alliance of Baptists Day at the School of Divinity. The Alliance is a movement of progressive Christians‚ individuals & congregations‚ seeking to respond to the continuing call of God in a rapidly changing world.

Please join us in chapel as Rev. Dr. Eileen R. Campbell-Reed of Central Baptist Theological Seminary will be preaching. 

Lunch will be provided by Alliance of Baptists

Then, all are welcome to join together at 2:00 p.m. in Room 301A for a discussion: "I Just Want to Do Ministry!" The Impact of Gender Past and Future.

What changes to ordained ministry have opened up in the last 50 years as women became fuller participants? Anatomy of a Schism, by Eileen Campbell-Reed, is an extended case study of the impact for Baptists. She shows how putting clergywomen's narratives at the center of the conversation leads to new theological and psychological understandings of religious identity and social changes over the last five decades. 

Join the conversation about the impact of gender on seminary, calling, and ministry with author and practical theologian, Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed, Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History, Dr. Bill Leonard, and Wake Divinity alum and pastor at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem on Fifth, Rev. Emily Hull McGee.  

About Dr. Campbell-Reed

Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed is an ordained minister, practical theologian, and co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, a national, ecumenical, and longitudinal study of ministry, now in its fifth year. Her book, Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen’s Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be published by University of Tennessee Press in Spring 2016.  Eileen is associate professor of practical theology and coordinator of mentoring, coaching and internship for Central Tennessee, a satellite campus of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas. She blogs at Keeper of the Fire.

About Anatomy of a Schism

From 1979 to 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was mired in conflict, with the biblicist and autonomist parties fighting openly for control. This highly polarizing struggle ended in a schism that created major changes within the SBC and also resulted in the formation of several new Baptist groups. Discussions of the schism, academic and otherwise, generally ignore the church’s clergywomen for the roles they played and the contributions they made to the fracturing of the largest Protestant group in the United States. Ordained women are typically treated as a contentious issue between the parties. Only recently are scholars beginning to take seriously these women’s contributions and interpretations as active participants in the struggle.

Anatomy of a Schism is the first book on the Southern Baptist split to place ordained women’s narratives at the center of interpretation. Author Eileen Campbell-Reed brings her unique perspective as a pastoral theologian in conducting qualitative interviews with five Baptist clergywomen and allowing their narratives to focus attention on both psychological and theological issues of the split. The stories she uncovers offer a compelling new structure for understanding the path of Southern Baptists at the close of the twentieth century. The narratives of Anna, Martha, Joanna, Rebecca, and Chloe reframe the story of Southern Baptists and reinterpret the rupture and realignment in broad and significant ways. Together they offer an understanding of the schism from three interdisciplinary perspectives—gendered, psychological, and theological—not previously available together. In conversation with other historical events and documents, the women’s narratives collaborate to provide specific perspectives with universal implications for understanding changes in Baptist life over the last four decades.

The schism’s outcomes held profound consequences for Baptist individuals and communities. Anatomy of Schism is an illuminating ethnographic and qualitative study sure to be indispensable to scholars of theology, history, and women’s studies alike.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:00am to 3:30pm

Wingate Hall, Davis Chapel, Lower Auditorium, Room 301A
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Religious Observance, Special Events, Workshop


School of Divinity

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students



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Christopher T. Copeland, Director of Leadership Development & Spiritual Life

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