Yesterday I preached at the Olympia Brown United Universalist Church in Racine.
This was a big deal for me. This was OLYMPIA BROWN’S church! Holy Cow! If American girls who like theology have a Patron Saint, she is it!
Olympia lived 1835-1926 and was the first woman in the United States to become an ordained minister. She would eventually serve three churches – the last being OBUUC in Racine. I learned who she was when I attended seminary in the late 1970’s. When she wasn’t pastoring, she was a leading figure in the Suffragist movement.