[Erin Morash] began to explore what felt like a call to ministry. Friends within the church encouraged her, recognizing her gifts in studying the Bible. "But the idea horrified my mom," she admits. And her grandmother told her, "You have to be perfect to be a Mennonite minister.""I decided I would finish my degree in history and then I would get away and take time to think about it," she says. While at university, Morash became involved with women in abusive relationships. She studied the Scriptures with them, sometimes in secret, as they struggled with decisions of whether to stay or to leave those relationships. "I realized that this religion stuff, which up to that point I had taken to be quite personal, had incredible social power and consequences.""I think because I walked in clueless, and because I wasn't part of the denomination by birth, I was given permission to do things the insider couldn't," she muses. "That being said, there are 'ins' I don't have, like family connections and subtle cultural understandings."