Mother Shelley McDade

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"And, I ask you, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel."  

(Philippians 4:3)

Dear Friends,
Throughout the centuries, in both faith and cultural teaching, women have been limited in allowing their strength and gifts to be used. This heresy is no less true today. Anytime we limit people we attempt to limit God. In the rarely preached scripture verse from Philippians above, the apostle Paul clearly expresses his appreciation and working relationship with women of the first century.  Known to be some of the first converts to the Christian faith and large financial supporters of Jesus' ministry, it makes sense their knowledge and perspective would be supported and shared.

On October 20th, as part of our Learning Center Curriculum, we begin a unique series of lectures from women of the 21st century. Our WOW series (described below) offers a variety of perspectives from women who have made choices in how they used their strengths and gifts in today's world. This invitation comes from my own disappointment after watching several of the new streaming programs promoting "strong female roles" in media today. Rape, torture and murder of women are not entertainment. We can do better. Much, much better.

Please join me and the women of today in sharing stories of truth. Please come and struggle beside me in the work of the Gospel on Sunday, Oct 20, 2019, 1:00 pm, St. John's Church. Bring a friend.

Mother Shelley +

The Rev. Shelley D. McDade began her ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, on January 10, 2015.
Her arrival to Brooklyn and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island follows four and one half years of service at The Church of the Ascension, Manhattan, in the Diocese of New York. 

In addition to her experience in parish ministry, Mother Shelley spent 24 years working in the corporate world managing regional marketing and advertising programs for clients such as Exxon Mobil, McDonalds and Pepsico in North America and the Pacific. Mother Shelley earned her Masters of Divinity in 2010 from The General Theological Seminary.  

Mother Shelley grew up in Delaware and attended the School of Radio/Television at Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. She has three sisters living south along the East coast and an adult niece, Danial, who lives with her here in Brooklyn.

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