Marcelle Williams Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature

Spiritual Leadership
Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature

Marcelle Williams
The Women's Spirituality Program, MA Alum

Marcelle William is Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. Prior to attending the Women's Spirituality program at CIIS, Marcelle worked as a Chaplain for Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She has an MA in Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling and a BA in Theology and Religious Studies. Marcelle is currently finishing her dissertation on women's ordination in the Roman Catholic Womenpriest movement, the Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Of her time in the Women's Spirituality program Marcelle says that "Prior to coming to CIIS I felt that something was missing from my religious and spiritual studies. I finally figured out that women were the missing link and their voices were left out of main-stream religious studies. Having attended an all-girls high school I was used to the female voice being dominant, and in undergraduate and graduate studies, it was noticeably lacking. I had always had a passion for seeking out the unheard voice and the WSE program gave me the tools and structure to continue the last segment of my graduate career on a path that was not only familiar, but was lacking in my higher ed career. The Ph.D. has supported my exploration of women's voices, and has also given me the ability to network and find a group of women who support women's words and voices within the academy."

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