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Spirituality and Social Responsibility

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Women in the United Methodist tradition have long expressed their commitment to Christ and to their sisters and brothers. Here is a collection of essays and primary source documents that tells the stories of pioneering ministries of United Methodist women--of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds--from the eighteenth century. Each essay traces the individual faith journeys and self-understanding of its subject. The stories also reveal the sexism and racism that confronted each woman overtly or covertly in church ...

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Overview

Women in the United Methodist tradition have long expressed their commitment to Christ and to their sisters and brothers. Here is a collection of essays and primary source documents that tells the stories of pioneering ministries of United Methodist women--of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds--from the eighteenth century. Each essay traces the individual faith journeys and self-understanding of its subject. The stories also reveal the sexism and racism that confronted each woman overtly or covertly in church and society, as well as their own attitudes toward it.

A selection of primary source documents by the subject follows each essay; these personal statements express vividly each woman's vision of vocation. In this way, the volume provides a lens for interpreting and analyzing the subjects' lives through their own words and enables women and men of today to identify with the commitment, experiences, and struggles of these pioneers and apply them to their own faith journeys. Thus, through the witness of these women, Spirituality and Social Responsibility calls the church to accountability and discipleship, both pastorally and prophetically.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687392360
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Keller is Professor of Religion and America Culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a member of the Graduate Council of the Joint Northwestern University/ Garrett-Evangelical Ph.D. Program.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Ch. 1 "A Wren Just Bursting Its Shell": Catherine Livingston Garrettson's Ministry of Public Domesticity 19
Ch. 2 Eliza Garrett: To Follow a Vision 41
Ch. 3 Amanda Berry Smith: A "Downright, Outright Christian" 61
Ch. 4 "My Own Methodist Hive": Frances Willard's Faith as Disclosed in Her Journal, 1855-1870 81
Ch. 5 Shared Fire: The Flame Ignited by Jennie Fowler Willing 99
Ch. 6 Evangelism and Social Reform in the Pastoral Ministry of Anna Oliver, 1868-1886 117
Ch. 7 Because God Gave Her Vision: The Religious Impulse of Ida B. Wells-Barnett 139
Ch. 8 Man's Prattle, Woman's Word: The Biblical Mission of Katharine Bushnell 165
Ch. 9 Sisters in Christ: American Women Missionaries in Ewha Women's University 185
Ch. 10 Georgia Harkness - Theologian of the People: Evangelical Liberal and Social Prophet 205
Ch. 11 Thelma Stevens, Crusader for Racial Justice 231
Ch. 12 The Struggle of Asian and Asian American Women Toward a Total Liberation: A Korean Methodist Woman's Vocational Journey 249
Ch. 13 One Spirit - Many Stories: Contemporary Laywomen Share Their Vocational Visions 265
Ch. 14 Honoring One Another with Our Stories: Authority and Mutual Ministry Among United Methodist Clergywomen in the Last Decade of the Twentieth Century 289
Contributors 309
Notes 313
Index 333
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