Episcopal Women: Gender, Spirituality, and Commitment in an American Mainline Denomination / Edition 1

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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 variety of perspectives - feminist, historical, biographical, and theoretical. Included are essays on Episcopal women's theology and spirituality, women as mainstays of the urban church, aging as a metaphor for the institutional church, women's organizations, the impact of women in the clerical profession, and black women's experience in the Episcopal Church. Challenging the church's dominantly masculine self-image, this book presents a convincing view of today's religious reality for women in a mainline church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195104653
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Religion in America Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Historical Perspectives 17
1 Woman's Work and Woman's Calling in the Episcopal Church: Chicago, 1880-1989 19
2 Episcopal Women as Community Leaders: Galveston, 1900-1989 72
3 Women and the Parallel Church: A View from Congregations 111
4 Beyond the Parallel Church: Strategies of Separatism and Integration in the Governing Councils of the Episcopal Church 133
II Contemporary Voices 165
5 Gender and Generations in Congregations 167
6 Different Voices: African American Women in the Episcopal Church 222
7 Women's Works of Devotion: Feasts, Fairs, and Festivities 239
8 A Woman's Journey toward Priesthood: An Autobiographical Study from the 1950s through the 1980s 263
III Images of a New Church 283
9 Ordained Women in the Episcopal Church: Their Impact on the Work and Structure of the Clergy 285
10 The Anthropology of Vitality and Decline: The Episcopal Church in a Changing Society 310
11 Theory, Theology, and Episcopal Churchwomen 330
Afterword: Episcopal Women in the Context of American Religious Life 345
Contributors 353
Index 357
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