Lee Ann M. Pomrenke ’05 M.Div. is the author of “Embodied: Clergy Women and the Solidarity of a Mothering God,” published in 2020 by Church Publishing Inc. The book explores the issues clergy mothers face and the solidarity that they can find in God.
Pomrenke touches on experiences shared by many clergy mothers, including waiting to become a mother and dealing with tension between multiple callings. She draws on passages from Scripture that help readers see how these experiences echo God’s own story. Each chapter ends with questions for both clergy mothers and their support networks.
Miguelina Howell, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Harford, Connecticut, writes, “Lee Ann M. Pomrenke does a marvelous job, through storytelling and scriptural reflections, of portraying God’s mothering attributes and identity to help us understand the complexities of the life and ministry of clergy mothers. This book is an invitation to reflect on our internalized gender stereotypes and attitudes with and within the church. ‘Embodied’ creates a platform for much-needed deep conversations about the role and space of clergy mothers in the church in today’s world.”