Feminist Liturgy

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Feminist liturgy is not esoteric nor weird nor for women only. Rather it is liturgy that has been shaped by women and some men who recognized that something was missing in the worship of our synagogues and churches. And not only was something missing, but at times what was expressed was not true, especially for women and other marginalized people. Feminist liturgies began when women and a few men asked themselves what would be true, what would be just. The answers were not found in discussions about liturgy but ...
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Overview

Feminist liturgy is not esoteric nor weird nor for women only. Rather it is liturgy that has been shaped by women and some men who recognized that something was missing in the worship of our synagogues and churches. And not only was something missing, but at times what was expressed was not true, especially for women and other marginalized people. Feminist liturgies began when women and a few men asked themselves what would be true, what would be just. The answers were not found in discussions about liturgy but rather in trying to use symbols, texts, and forms that expressed relationships with God, one another, all created life, more accurately and more authentically. This book traces the story of feminist liturgy: how, when, and why it began; the principles that guide it; what it looks like; and what its future may be.
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Janet Walton provides a helpful and insightful overview and guide to the relatively new area of feminist liturgy. . . . This is a well written and significant contribution to American Essays in Liturgy.
Frank Henderson

For Janet Walton, everything matters - not only the unapologetic communication of principles of feminist ritualizing but also the manner in which she communicates. With characteristic openness and clarity, she invites the reader to explore with her the history and vitality of feminist liturgies. In so doing, she invites us all to contribute to the renewal of rites, both institutional and feminist, in ways that allow all worship to be more truthful and just.
Scott Haldeman, Editor, Abingdon Press

. . . a treasure: an accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking invitation to the questioning reader to explore the meaning and possibilities offered Christian worship by the practices of feminist liturgy. Rich in both insight and example, this book will open new vistas to those unfamiliar with feminist liturgy and offer inspiration and gentle guidance to those who are ready to try it.
Marjorie Procter-Smith, LeVan Professor of Worship and Preaching, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Janet Walton, professor of worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, deserves praise for her contribution to the issues of feminist liturgy. She gives a succinct, comprehensive history of the role of women in the United States.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814625965
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: American Essays in Liturgy Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,116,151
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author


Janet R. Walton is professor of worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is the author of Art and Worship: A Vital Connection published by Liturgical Press.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
1 Feminist Liturgy: Its Historical Context 14
2 Feminist Liturgy: Its Tasks and Principles 31
3 Feminist Liturgy: The Possibilities It Offers 48
4 Feminist Liturgy: Applications to Institutional Liturgies 81
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