Changing Roles of Women Within the Christian Church in Canada by Elizabeth G. MuirChanging Roles of Women Within the Christian Church in Canada by Elizabeth G. Muir

Changing Roles of Women Within the Christian Church in Canada

EditorElizabeth G. Muir, Marilyn F. Whiteley

Paperback | April 25, 1995

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Canadian religious history has been written with relatively little reference to the role of women. Throughout the years, the church itself has intensified this problem by restricting the options of women -- excluding them from the most valued roles and positions. In the past, Christian women were obliged to find alternative avenues for the expression of their faith and, as a result, their experience has been unusually rich and varied. This pioneering anthology traces the history of Canadian women in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant traditions from the early days through the 1960s.

Seventeen Canadian scholars tell the stories of individuals who have worked in traditional and non-traditional roles, alone and as members of groups, both within and outside church structures. All of the articles present new or little-known material, relating the faith, determination, and inventiveness of women whose experience has so far been overlooked. The volume includes an introductory overview of women's church work as well as a comprehensive bibliography of papers and books published about women in the Christian church in Canada, both in English and French.

The incorporation of feminist analysis and an emphasis on gender issues set this collection apart from all other studies of Canadian church history. A unique and valuable book, it not only fills a void in the chronicles of religion, it adds an important new dimension to Canadian history.

Elizabeth Gillan Muir is a lecturer in Canadian Studies, University of Waterloo, and is on the national executive staff of the United Church of Canada. Marilyn Färdig Whiteley is an independent scholar affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Religion in Canada, Emanuel College, University of Toronto.
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Title:Changing Roles of Women Within the Christian Church in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.01 × 6.02 × 1.16 inPublished:April 25, 1995Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:0802076238

ISBN - 13:9780802076236

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Changing Roles of Women Within the Christian Church in Canada traces the history of Canadian women in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant faiths from the early days through the 1960s. Seventeen Canadian scholars discuss women in both traditional and nontraditional roles, and from within and outside the church. A feminist analysis and emphasis on gender issues sets this innovative collection apart from all other Canadian church histories.