Rev. Lynn Horan – 2022 Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship Recipient
The ninth annual Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Christian Feminism Today, has been awarded to Rev. Lynn Horan, a doctoral student studying in the Graduate School in Leadership and Change at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH.
Horan is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church and links these roots and her involvement in the Presbyterian Women’s Association with her understanding of Christian feminism. Her research interests focus on “embodied leadership and boundary work of female Protestant clergy.” Horan writes that, “conversations among other young female clergy have revealed that there is a systemic problem within congregational life and church leadership where female clergy continue to face certain risks, challenges and vulnerabilities that our male counterparts may not experience to the same degree.”
In her application materials, Horan expressed that she has seen “Christian feminism have a powerful ability to challenge restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, unveil and address the prevalence of human trafficking particularly of young women and children, and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence alongside widespread efforts to prevent such abuse.” Horan’s work and research interests are deeply rooted in her personal commitment to both social justice and Christian feminism.
Horan’s commitment to working with and learning from many women, from a variety of contexts, is emphasized in the closing portion of her application essay. She writes, “it is my prayer and deepest hope that current expressions of Christian feminism explore new and creative ways to cultivate the life-giving possibilities of inter-generational female relationships.”
The Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who aspires to exemplify the values and achievements of Nancy A. Hardesty, a founding member of the Christian Feminism Today organization, formerly known as EEWC (Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus). The purpose of the $1,000 scholarship, awarded every June, is to help a student who wants to be in a leadership role that supports and promotes Christian feminism. Read more about the NAHMS here.