About Emily McGowin

Emily Hunter McGowin is a teacher and scholar of religious studies and a theologian in the Anglican tradition. She is also a priest and Canon Theologian in the diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others. She specializes in the study of lived religion, which goes beyond the traditional focus on texts and historical figures to include the everyday practices and experiences of individuals and their communities. Fortress Press published her first book in May 2018: Quivering Families: The Quiverfull Movement and Evangelical Theology of the Family. She has taught religious studies and theology for many years in university, high school, and local church settings. She is married to Ron and they have three children.

Taking Scripture and Women’s Ordination Seriously: A Response to Blake Johnson and Lee Nelson

Editor's Note: Thank you to the Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin for writing this rejoinder to Fr. Blake Johnson's and Fr. Lee Nelson's responses to her original blog post about the in persona Christi argument against women's ordination. While we invite this conversation (about McGowin's original blog post) to continue in our comments section and elsewhere—and we plan to publish more [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:57-06:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Opinion, Theology|Tags: |21 Comments

If Women Can Be Saved, Then Women Can Be Priests: A Critique of the “in persona Christi” Argument Against Women’s Ordination

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. After reading this piece, please see Lee Nelson's response and Emily McGowin's rejoinder. The connection between christology [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:31:08-06:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Theology|Tags: |33 Comments

Isn’t Eating and Drinking the Body and Blood of Jesus…Gross?

A common reaction I am a lecturer at an evangelical liberal arts college. One of my main responsibilities is to teach the Christian doctrine course required for all undergraduates. In every class, the question of what is or isn’t happening at the Lord’s Table is always a source of fascination and debate. “Wait a minute,” one student interjected as I [...]

By |2019-08-19T14:52:59-05:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: |9 Comments

A Gift of God (By Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin)

“OK, let’s sing that verse again,” the worship leader said. “And this time sing it with everything you’ve got!” I was sitting in the back row of the church cradling a sleeping baby. I was lonely and exhausted—deeply disconnected from the upbeat music coming from the stage. A voice inside my head whispered back to the man with the guitar: [...]

By |2019-03-08T15:41:47-06:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |4 Comments