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Andrews University Association of Adventist Forum Meetings December 4, 2017

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Michiana Adventist Forum


A Linguist’s Reading of the SDA Church’s Debate on Women’s Ordination


Dr. Julia Kim

Associate Professor of English

Andrews University



Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm

January 20, 2018


Chan Shun Hall

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI


About the Speaker

Dr. Kim is director of the graduate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Andrews University where she mentors future

professionals who will be teaching English to non-native speakers.

Before joining the English faculty at Andrews, she directed the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX, for four years. She also worked with middle school ESL students in Powder Springs, GA, and taught at Korean Sahmyook University in Seoul.

She holds a BA from Union College, an MA from Andrews University, and a PhD from Northern Illinois University.

In her free time, she enjoys walking, reading, writing, or traveling with family.

In regard to women’s issues in the Christian church, she says, “As a member of a protestant denomination, I relate most with the progressive Christian view, which embraces deity of Jesus and sacredness of the Bible and yet rejects literal, fixed interpretations. Second, along the wide ranging spectrum of perspectives represented by various groups of feminist theologians, I resonate most with evangelical feminists who uphold the value of the Scripture but reject the notion of predestined hierarchy based on gender.”


About the Subject

Dr. Kim has provided the following information about her presentation:

The issue of women’s ordination is typically approached from a theological perspective, with both sides of the debate presenting their arguments based on what they confidently assert to be solid biblical principles. However, since hermeneutics is subjective and artful, to a certain extent, and human cognition is mediated through language, examining the arguments through a linguistic lens could shed further light on the debate. This presentation comparatively analyzes two written statements that were issued in 2014 by two groups of Seventh-day Adventist scholars—“On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church” and the response statement, “An Open Appeal”—through a linguistic lens in order to uncover any paradoxes or dilemmas inherent in the arguments that may go unnoticed. The analysis indicates that the SDA Church’s current debate concerning women pastors seems to center not so much on which side interprets the Bible and Ellen White’s writings more carefully. Rather, the debate seems to hinge on how the church defines pastoral leader­ship and with which theological paradigm it aligns its view of the Trinity.




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