Author Archives: Kaitlin Shetler

Kaitlin Shetler received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Harding University in 2009 and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee in 2010. She currently serves as the director of the ACCESS Ability program at Lipscomb University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Kaitlin has over twelve years experience working with at-risk populations, including survivors of domestic abuse, older adults, and the disabled. She lives in Hermitage, TN, with her brilliant husband and sweet baby girl and attends Hermitage Church of Christ, a community that has welcomed her with open arms and little to no eye rolling. Her passion is working alongside people to better the church and the world through advocacy, service, and dismantling oppressive systems. She often speaks and writes on feminism, abuse, disability, race, and sexual assault within church contexts.

Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 4

From Part 3: In the church, the narrative we write for women is important. If the narrative is narrow and unyielding, if the roles are predetermined and leave zero room for diversity, then those who are seen as outliers become the outcasts. The outcasts become the vulnerable. The vulnerable become the victims. The…

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Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 3

From Part 2: “In church services, women rarely hear themselves reflected in the nature of God. And when you don’t see yourself represented in something as important as faith, then it is really difficult to take ownership of the whole thing. There’s a devaluing that happens, whether intentionally or unintentionally.” __ Shame and…

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Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 2

From Part 1: “Many of our conversations about women contain some pre-conceived notions of who women are or who we think women are supposed to be. When we refuse to re-examine our core beliefs, we risk ostracizing half the church. It’s important to understand where these core beliefs come from…” — Sexism, or…

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Social Media to Sanctuary: Moving the Conversation to the Pews

Lately, social media has been the “go-to” space for hosting conversations that challenge societal constructs and offer a platform for previously silenced narratives. We’ve seen this over and over again in discussions related to race, gender, sexuality, and faith. The #metoo movement has been one such example, emerging again after 10 years in hopes of…

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