Elizabeth W. McLaughlin ’98, Ph.D., professor of communication, has spent the past 20 years shaping young minds through teaching communication and writing at Bethel. She is known for integrating community outreach and real-world solutions into the classroom, and took that concept abroad last summer, when she helped lead a task force trip to France, using storytelling as a ministry tool. However, this past winter, she achieved a new accomplishment: having her first book published.
“Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny: Religious Speeches Transcending Gender,” released by Peter Lang Publishers, showcases 14 women leaders and their public speeches, motivated by religious values. It’s the first book in a series, Speaking of Religion, edited by Dann Brown, Ph.D., Grove City College, Pa.
The collection features women from different faith traditions, and geographical locations, addressing issues of human dignity from the 19th century through today.
“There are so many messages about how women can succeed and what they have to overcome,” says McLaughlin. “Religious values often are dismissed as only limiting women. But, as this collection shows, belief in the divine and values of faith drive an impulse to speak into the public square to promote and celebrate human freedom and dignity.”