Episcopal Women: Gender, Spirituality, and Commitment in an American Mainline Denomination by Catherine M. Prelinger

Episcopal Women: Gender, Spirituality, and Commitment in an American Mainline Denomination

EditorCatherine M. Prelinger

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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The opening of the ordained ministry to women, in the larger context of the women's movement in America, has created an unprecedented situation within Protestant denominations. Women are now increasingly visible in religious organizations previously administered solely by men. Congregations,church agencies, educational institutions, and volunteer organizations are all affected by the "gender shift" within mainstream Protestantism. Episcopal Women is the first careful historical and sociological study of the impact of these gender changes on a particular religious institution. Thisgroundbreaking volume includes essays on Episcopal theology and women's spirituality, the urban church, aging and the church, women's organizations, women donors, clerical leadership, and black women's experience in the Episcopal Church.

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The late Catherine M. Prelinger, author of Charity, Challenge, and Change: Religious Dimensions of the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Women's Movement in Germany (1987), was Assistant Editor of the Benjamin Franklin Papers at Yale University.

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Title:Episcopal Women: Gender, Spirituality, and Commitment in an American Mainline DenominationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019510465X

ISBN - 13:9780195104653

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Episcopal Women is an unprecedented exploration of the historical and present "lived experience" of women in one mainline-Protestant American church. It probes the realities of women who count themselves members of a contemporary Protestant church - one that is changing, though not as rapidly as the world in which it is set. As women become increasingly visible in religious organizations previously administered entirely by men, congregations, church agencies, educational institutions, and volunteer organizations are all being affected by the "gender shift". Focused on the Episcopal church as a representative case study, these essays offer a careful historical and sociological examination of the impact of these gender changes. Personal narratives are combined with intergenerational studies of women in several congregations to illustrate how women - always the majority in Sunday morning congregations - continue to find and create their own spiritual realities within a traditional institution. The authors highlight the centrality of women in today's church from a var

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"A pioneering work in the field of Women's religious Studies...Ground breaking."--Trinity News