Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0253111706
  • ISBN-13: 9780253111708
  • DDC: 200.82
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1394 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released May 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America harvests the fruits of 25 years of scholarship on the history and current state of women's religious experience in North America. The result of a five-year project led by Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether and funded by the Lilly Endowment and the Henry Luce Foundation, the encyclopedia marshals the talents of more than 150 scholars to produce the most comprehensive and up-to-date description and analysis of women and religion in North America. The encyclopedia is interreligious, interracial, and multicultural and is aimed at a broad general audience.

Instead of hundreds of short entries, this encyclopedia features more than 145 longer essays that enable major themes to be developed more fully. The articles focus on institutions, movements, and ideas. The authors weave biographical sketches into their articles to give them a more personal and humanizing quality, and to recognize the women responsible for the gains made over the centuries. The essays demonstrate that neither the story of women nor the story of religion in North America can be accurately told unless the religious experience of women is integrated into the center of women's and religious history.

This set of three well-illustrated volumes will be an essential reference for all of those interested in the role of women in North America's vibrant and complex religious life.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Integrating the Worlds of Women’s Religious Experience in North America.
1: Approaches to the History of Women and Religion.
2: Women and Religion: Methods of Study and Reflection.
3: Religions and Modern Feminism.
4: Gender and Social Roles.
5: North American Women Interpret Scripture.
6: Women’s Religious Imagination.
7: Social Ethics, Women, and Religion.
8: The Psychology of Women’s Religious Experience.
9: Women’s Spiritual Biography and Autobiography.
10: Women in Indigenous and African Traditions.
11: Native American Creation Stories.
12: Native American Women and Christianity.
13: American Indian Boarding Schools.
14: Appropriation of Native American Religious Traditions.
15: Religious Exchange in Aframerindian Life.
16: Women in African Caribbean Religious Traditions.
17: Catholicism.
18: Women in North American Catholicism.
19: Religious Women in Colonial Mexico.
20: Godmothers and Goddaughters: Catholic Women in Colonial New France and New England.
21: American Catholic Women, 1820–1900: From the Jacksonian Period to the Progressive Era.
22: African American Catholic Women.
23: Latina Popular Catholicism.
24: Asian and Pacific American Catholic Women.
25: American Catholic Women, 1900–1965.
26: American Catholic Women Since Vatican Council II.
27: Determined Builders, Powerful Voices: Women and Catholicism in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Quebec and Canada.
28: Protestantism.
29: Colonial Period.
30: Women and Protestantism in Colonial New England.
31: Protestant Women in the Mid-Atlantic Colonies.
32: Southern Colonial Protestant Women.
33: Protestantism in British North America (Canada).
34: Denominational Traditions.
35: Women and African American Denominations.
36: Women of Anabaptist Traditions.
37: Women in the American Episcopal Church.
38: Women in the Anglican Church in Canada.
39: Baptist Women.
40: Christian Church/Disciples of Christ Tradition and Women.
41: Women and Lutheranism.
42: Methodist Women.
43: Quaker Women in North America.
44: Women in Reformed Churches.
45: Presbyterian Women in America.
46: Women in the United Church of Canada.
47: Women in the United Church of Christ.
48: Women in the Unitarian Universalist Movement.
49: Evangelical Protestantism.
50: Women in Pentecostalism.
51: Women in the Salvation Army.
52: Revivalism.
53: Holiness Movements.
54: The Sanctified Church(es).
55: Fundamentalism.
56: America’s Evangelical Women: More than Wives and Mothers—Reformers, Ministers, and Leaders.
57: The Charismatic Movement.
58: Euro-American Evangelical Feminism.
59: Hispanic Protestantism.
60: U.S. Latina Evangélicas.
61: Race and Gender in Latina Experience.
62: Hispanic Pentecostal Women.
63: Asian Protestantism.
64: Asian Pacific American Protestant Women.