In Mothering, Public Leadership, and Women’s Life Writing, Claire E. Wolfteich presents a series of case studies in Christian spirituality, bringing mothers’ autobiographical writing into focus for theological reflection. From the medieval mystic Margery Kempe to the twentieth-century activist Dorothy Day, from African American preacher Jarena Lee to labor organizer Dolores Huerta, the book mines women’s first-person writing, surfacing critical issues for theological analysis. Listening deeply to these diverse maternal voices, the book advances creative theological reflection on work, vocation, time poverty, Sabbath, and spiritual guidance. Mothering, Public Leadership, and Women’s Life Writing demonstrates the significance of the study of mothering for theology and spirituality studies and the import of life writing as an underutilized source for practical theology.
About the Author
Claire E. Wolfteich, Ph.D. (1997), University of Chicago, is Professor of Practical Theology and Spirituality Studies at Boston University. She has published monographs, edited volumes, and articles, including (co-ed. with A. Dillen) Catholic Approaches in Practical Theology: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Peeters, 2016).
Table of Contents
Case Studies in Spirituality
2 Mothering, Mysticism, and Public Voice: Margery Kempe and Jarena Lee
3 Maternal Wisdom and an Ordinary Spiritual Theology: Jane de Chantal and Francis de Sales
4 Motherwork, Public Leadership, and Vocational Tensions: Dorothy Day, Dolores Huerta, and Lena Frances Edwards
5 Motherwork and Vocation
6 Seeking Sabbath: Time Poverty, Women's Labor, and Spiritual Renewal
7 Spiritual Travail and Sacred Tales