About the Shaw Center


The Anna Howard Shaw Center at Boston University School of Theology promotes structures and practices that empower women and honor diversity. The Center is named after the Reverend Doctor Anna Howard Shaw, a Methodist ministerpicture81, medical doctor, and suffragist. Ten years after its founding in 1978, the Shaw Center was designated as the women’s center for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.

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Ecumenical in its activities, the Center’s primary goals are in the four following areas:

Research – to facilitate and initiate research on the historical roles of women in the church and on women’s past and present contributions to religious/theological studies and to the Christian ministry. Recently completed research:

United Methodist Clergywomen Retention Study II in the U.S. Context

Education – to provide educational opportunities on issues and practices relating to women in ministry, mission, and religious/theological studies.

Support – to support and encourage both women and men striving for equality of opportunity in ministry, mission, and religious/theological studies.

Advocacy – to advocate for full inclusion of women in ministry, mission, and religious studies based on ethical and theological principles as they interact with analyses of personal collective experiences.

Our most recent edition of our newsletter is now available online! Please click here to see the newsletter addressing “Sacred Sexuality and the Political Body” as well as past editions

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