Twitter’s #realclergybios reveal frustration of the flocked

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(RNS) Clergy are confessing doubts, fears, frustrations and hopes in 140-character tidbits under the Twitter hashtag #realclergybios.

The hashtag, initiated on Friday (Jan. 29), was started by two Christian pastors, Elizabeth Grasham and Mihee Kim-Kort. They got the idea from another popular Twitter hashtag, #realacademicbios, they wrote on the blog The Salt Collective.

Within minutes, pastors hit the Twitterverse with observations on burnout, in-church conflicts and the pressures of raising children as a pastor.

And while both men and women clergy used the hashtag, it was the women clergy who expressed issues that have plagued female church professionals for years — pay inequity, sexism and a general lack of respect:

But there was hope and joy, too:

Participating clergy and their followers agreed — #realclergybios gave them insight into a difficult job: