This article is my attempt to make sense of the conflicting, confusing, tumultuous journey of making peace with my religion and my commitment to social justice, particularly feminism. I frame my journey using Baxter Magolda’s (2001) model of self-authorship, connecting the development of my religious and gender identities to the learning, questioning, and eventual personalization of external messages. I weave Baxter Magolda’s model, my narrative, and existing scholarship together to present a framework by which self-authorship can be applied to understand the needs of a young woman experiencing spiritual struggle within Christianity. I then consider the limitations of such a framework given the lens of privilege attached to both my own narrative and the model of self-authorship as a whole. I conclude with recommendations for myself and other student affairs practitioners interested in engaging more deeply with this topic
Williams, Molly M.
"Both/And: Self-Authoring a Feminist Christian Identity,"
The Vermont Connection: Vol. 41
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/tvc/vol41/iss1/6