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Feminist Liturgy
     

Feminist Liturgy

by Janet R. Walton
 

Feminist liturgy began in the midst of a broad human quest for justice in the late twentieth century. The Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War movement added momentum for women's struggle for justice. Within this ferment, women addressed the limits placed on them in secular and religious institutions as well. Feminist liturgies developed as one of a

Overview

Feminist liturgy began in the midst of a broad human quest for justice in the late twentieth century. The Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War movement added momentum for women's struggle for justice. Within this ferment, women addressed the limits placed on them in secular and religious institutions as well. Feminist liturgies developed as one of a number of attempts to discover and claim a more truthful telling and embodying of the stories that shape our religious consciousness. In Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice, Walton offers a partial account" of feminist liturgies to encourage both discussion and action so that our liturgies will be "true" for all of us.

Walton explains that liturgies typically described as "feminist" emerged in the late 1960s when women and some men realized that what they were experiencing in the liturgies not only wasn't *enough - but, in fact, wasn't *true. - a liturgical process that centers on an encounter - an engaged, embodied dialogue with God - cannot be true when females are left out of the dialogue. To make the liturgies more accurate, people joined together to discover how to use symbols, texts, and forms that expressed relationships with God more authentically.

Walton examines four aspects of feminist liturgies: the historical context in which they developed, the tasks and principles that guide them, the possibilities they offer, and application to regular institutional liturgies. In examining these aspects, Walton responds to questions, clarifies hunches, alleviates doubts, and encourages more people to contribute to the development of feminist liturgies.

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 The Liturgical Press.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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.
Review for Religious

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814625965
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
American Essays in Liturgy Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x (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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