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Engendering Church explores the power, processes, and circumstances that brought about new gender relations in the African Methodist Episcopal Church -- one of the largest African American denominations in the United States. Jualynne Dodson tells the heroic stories of women like Sara Hatcher Duncan, who emerged from behind the scenes to confront the hierarchy of male clergy. Dodson's historical account of the AME Church and its many changes shows that unless women hold church positions, they are overlooked as proactive agents of organizational power. She also links women in the Church to broader social change. When women began to function in key leadership roles in African American churches, they also contributed toward more rapid improvement in living conditions for blacks in the United States.
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Editorial Reviews

This book is highly recommended for advanced undergraduate courses in religion and women's studies and for graduate students and specialists.
This book is highly recommended for advanced undergraduate courses in religion and women's studies and for graduate students and specialists.
Religious Studies Review
Provides a solid general introduction to the topic. . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847693818
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jualynne E. Dodson is associate professor of African-American studies in the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Religion Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Past Is Prologue 1
Ch. 1 Formation of a Religious Organization 7
Ch. 2 Building a Critical Mass 23
Ch. 3 Organizing for Effectiveness 41
Ch. 4 Indispensable Resources 63
Ch. 5 Using Power: Keeping Church 83
Ch. 6 Gendered Spaces: The Intentionality of Power 99
Ch. 7 A Pinnacle of Power to Close the Century: Sara Hatcher Duncan 111
Bibliography 119
Index 141
About the Author 147
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