God's Troublemakers

God's Troublemakers

by Katharine Rhodes Henderson
     
 

This is a book about women who are changing the world as leaders in the public arena. Whether Christian, Jewish or Muslim—their work is religiously or spiritually motivated. They are religious or socio-ethical entrepreneurs, who have invented organizations or movements to repair the world. What shaped and formed them? How do they integrate a progressive

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This is a book about women who are changing the world as leaders in the public arena. Whether Christian, Jewish or Muslim—their work is religiously or spiritually motivated. They are religious or socio-ethical entrepreneurs, who have invented organizations or movements to repair the world. What shaped and formed them? How do they integrate a progressive social agenda with their faith? How do they exercise public leadership in a world where women's public roles are sometimes still suspect? The book is thematically organized and touches on many of the most relevant topics being discussed today: separation of church and state, the intersection of politics and religion, the silence of the progressive left and the embodiment of authentic religious pluralism. This book claims space for progressive forms of religion in an area dominated by the Religious Right.
God's Troublemakers is based on extensive interviews with 11 women social entrepreneurs. The 3 best known are Sr. Helen Prejean, the anti-death-penalty activist; Ruth Messenger, former Manhattan Borough President and now executive director of American Jewish World Service; and Helen LaKelly Hunt, who has been a national activist funding women's causes and a leader in persuading secular feminists to make common cause with religious women.

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Library Journal
After interviewing 11 women making a difference in their communities through the founding of relief organizations, Presbyterian minister Henderson (executive VP, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York), herself a "social entrepreneur," wrote this book to recognize their efforts and inspire others. The 11 women profiled are from all walks of life, religious backgrounds, and beliefs. The stories of how they found a cause in which they believed and then set out to help are fascinating. But the thematic organization of these stories makes them hard to follow. It is difficult to remember which woman started which organization, and the necessary retellings to try to make the narrative work just render it more confusing. Too much coverage is given to the author's project and not enough to the projects of the others. Quotations are short and sometimes not attributed. No contact information appears for the organizations, so those inclined to donate time or money must find this information elsewhere. A marginal choice for large libraries.-Jennifer Kuncken, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826429254
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
949,496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author


Katharine Rhodes Henderson is an ordained Presbyterian minister, who for the past decade has been the executive vice president of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. She is co-founder of Face to Face/Faith to Faith, a multifaith leadership bringing together teenagers—Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus—from the Middle East, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and the US.

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