Rev. Jennifer Danielle Crumpton spent 13 years as a corporate advertising executive for Fortune 500 brands before graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2011 from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. There she immersed into inter-faith dialogue and faith-based social justice, feminist theology, and Christian social and structural ethics. An author and public speaker, Jennifer has also previously worked as a playwright, and a theater, commercial and indie film actress. She is a contributing author to the recent book A New Evangelical Manifesto (Chalice Press) and the upcoming volume in the "I Speak for Myself" series, Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith (White Cloud Press). Jennifer also co-hosts a Femmevangelical radio segment on Fairness Radio.
Jennifer resides in New York City and is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. ICRD utlizes religious reconcilation in international diplomatic efforts to prevent and resolve identity-based conflict. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jennifer is a Pastoral Associate of Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan.
For Women Who Don't Submit
It’s complicated to be a Generation X, Y or Millennial Christian -- or any faith, for that matter -- in the 21st century. There are many gaps to bridge between our religious upbringing and the twists and challenges of our complex life journeys. There are a lot of questions to explore as we adapt our tradition to our modern daily life, and vice versa. Many of us give our faith practice a rest rather than expend the energy to hold the various narratives and experiences in tension. But does it have to be that way?
Further, how do we attempt to expand and strengthen our belief as young, modern, ambitious, professional females? This is actually a serious undertaking. There are huge contradictions between old religious doctrines and current realities to navigate, frustratingly sexist and dangerously-interpreted Bible stories to endure ad nauseam, gender-biased biblical and religious rules to reconcile with our current social positions and goals. So what does it look like to be faithful or to nurture our spirituality under such circumstances? One thing is for certain: denying our God-given leadership skills, autonomy, intelligence, intuition, and power as women is not the answer.
If you are a woman who doesn’t submit — to intimidation, to the traditional model of the “good religious girl”, to lies dressed up as faith, to the distorted mirrors society holds up to our faces -- then you’ve found the right place. Let’s talk about the intersection of religion and politics, think about the effects of popular culture on women's equality, open our hearts to the wisdom of inter-religious dialogue, and imagine a new world into being. With our passion, we can create a new era of respect, equal standing, abundant opportunity, and a feminism that can still claim the “good news” of the euangelion that is central to Christianity, while learning from and honoring our sisters of other faith traditions and backgrounds.
We are all in this together -- and we need every idea, every effort, every voice. To believe in your creator means you must also believe in yourself. God's spirit is within you, guiding you, and that's the good news. Let's go tell it. Let's make it happen. Let’s get Femmevangelical.