An Unlikely Preacher

I was a highly intelligent child at 3 and at 9, I joined the Congregational Church.  Soon after, I started preaching on Sundays.

I’m not sure why folks were so surprised and objected when in 1850, I completed a theological course or why the same professors who allowed me to preach, refused to license me or allow me to graduate.

I was an itinerant preacher and lecturer until 1853, the year I was ordained minister of the Congregational Church in South Butler, New York.  I’m the first ordained woman minister in the country.  Yes, with God all things are possible.

100 Words

This is the true story of Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman to be ordained a minister of a church. I thought I would write it in the first person.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here

Sources: Britannica; Wikipedia

41 thoughts on “An Unlikely Preacher

  1. What an awesome story. I remember as a child telling my Godfather who was also a minister that I wanted to have his job. He laughed it off. Decades later, as I took the first step – lay speaker training – and gave my first publicly acknowledged sermon within the church… He was front and center, smiling and nodding as I spoke. When I stepped up to speak the words that I had spent the week preparing… well, I read the first sentence. Then, I picked up the page and folded it, leaving it on the pulpit. I stepped away from the monstrosity (I was far too short for it) and told everyone that what I prepared wasn’t what needed to be said. Then, I proceeded to preach something from the cuff so to say. To this day, I’m not really sure what all I said… but, the result was that there wasn’t a dry eye in the gathering… except my Godfather who was too busy smiling to cry.

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    1. Bear, thank you so much for sharing your remarkable story. I’m so happy you had your Godfather’s support when you took that first step of faith. And it sounds like preaching was something you were meant to do because you spoke from the heart and moved those who were blessed to hear you. Your Godfather had every reason to be smiling that day. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the story 🙂

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  2. This story felt familiar to me right from the beginning, but still caught me by surprise at the reveal :). Yes, first person is an overlooked, under-used POV in historical writing, academic or entertainment. Brings the story home on a much more personal level.

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