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UCC Commentary: Avoiding The ‘Glass Cliff’

Commentary: How the UCC can avoid ‘glass cliff’ after electing first woman as General Minister & President

In conjunction with General Synod reflections to be shared by Rev. Alexandra this coming Sunday, we highlight this commentary published earlier in the week on the United Church of Christ’s website.

“The Glass Cliff”
by Courtney Stange-Tregear

While there is much to be celebrated about the election of the Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson as the UCC’s next General Minister and President, the Antoinette Brown Society’s leadership committee is also aware of the numerous challenges and pitfalls our first female General Minister and President is likely to face.

Some will be specific to this time and place, but also this is a very common occurrence for women in leadership, especially those who represent the “first” in their role. The phenomenon of “first woman” leaders being branded with the decline of their organization is a phenomenon called the “glass cliff.” Read more.


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