A purple scarf might be an appropriate accent to wear when Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows speaks Thursday, April 25th, as the third and final speaker in the 2018-2019 Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series. Purple scarves were worn by supporters of more women in the clergy at her church's general convention. Purple symbolized breaking the stained glass ceiling for women, where only 13 percent of the clergy are women.
Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who grew up in the projects of New York City, made world-wide news when she was elected the first African-American female diocesan bishop of the Episcopalian church in 2017. The projects didn't define her as she graduated from Smith College, one of the Seven Sisters, then went to Cornell, an Ivy League school.
She's a first, but she is impatient, hoping to see churches reflect their congregations. "I don't want to be the only one for long."
Baskerville-Burrows' path cut through Smith College, one of the Seven Sisters, where she studied architecture. Then to Cornell, an Ivy League School, to study historic preservation. That knowledge will help her as she oversees 48 congregations, many of them in historic, decades-old churches now facing the high cost of maintenance. But her journey as a female in a male-dominated church will be one to hear April 25th. And, while she is Episcopalian, the story isn't much different in many other denominations.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Lecture at 6 p.m.
Conclusion by 7 p.m.
VIP meet and greet tickets, including wine, hors d'oeuvres and reserved seats: $75. General admission, including cash bar: $40.
Tickets available at www.thepropylaeum.org/upcoming events or by calling 317-638-7881 x4.