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Houston’s Cameron Dezen Hammon Wrestles With Gender Roles In Communities Of Faith

She lays out those struggles and other issues she’s faced in faith and marriage in her new book, This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession.

Cameron Dezen Hammon
Houston writer and musician Cameron Dezen Hammon is the author of This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession.

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Houston musician Cameron Dezen Hammon grew up Jewish, converted to Christianity, and moved to Houston with her husband to be a worship leader at a church, where she struggled with traditional gender stereotypes.

For example, while working as a missionary in Hungary, a pastor told her to go make sandwiches for the group. Another time, her job as a worship leader was given to a man for more pay.

As someone who didn’t grow up Christian, she struggled to adapt her strong-willed nature to a culture that often discounts — or forbids — women in leadership.

She lays out those struggles and other issues she’s faced in faith and marriage in her new book, This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession.

In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty religion can be as much of an obsession, or addiction, as anything else.

And she discusses how her faith has evolved as a result of her struggles within the religious community.

Cameron Dezen Hammon in the Houston Matters Studio
Houston writer and musician Cameron Dezen Hammon in the Houston Matters studio.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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