Women and American Religion
An old African-American churchgoers' saying rings true for most religious denominations in the United States: Women are the backbone of the church. For centuries, women have been the majority of members in almost all religious groups. They provide essential financial and social support and work tirelessly in the background of all church-based activities. Yet it is largely men who occupy the high rungs of church hierarchy, and they are the ones who get most of the credit. Ann Braude examines the important role of women in American religious history, focusing on their recent admission to public religious leadership and their fight for equal rights and recognition through the centuries. Both noted and little known women--such as Margaret Winthrop, Jarena Lee, Mary Baker Eddy, Henrietta Szold, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Mary Daly--spring to life in the pages of this thorough, passionate book.
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Chapter 2 When the Spirit Moves Women n 1811 , Jarena Lee heard a voice
saying , “ Go preach the Gospel ! ” She immediately replied aloud , “ No one will
believe me . ” But then she heard the same voice say , “ Preach the gospel ; I will
Lee published this account of her call to preach in 1836 . O how careful ought we
to be , lest through our by - laws of church government and discipline , we bring
into disrepute even the word of life . For as unseemly as it may appear now - a ...
Jarena Lee became the first nationally known AfricanAmerican woman preacher .
Her sermons inspired men and women , whites as well as blacks . But some will
say , that Mary did not expound the Scripture ; therefore she did not preach , in ...
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A brisk, informative history of the myriad roles women have played in America's religious history. Braude (Harvard Divinity School) has difficult tasks in this slim, generously illustrated volume: to ... Read full review