(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: