Ancient Taboos and Gender Prejudice: Challenges for Orthodox Women and the Church

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Ashgate Pub., Jan 1, 2005 - Religion - 234 pages
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This book explores the struggling genesis of a women's movement in the Orthodox Church through the ecumenical movement of the twentieth century at a time when militant conservatism is emerging in Orthodox countries and fundamentalism in the diaspora. Offering an understanding of the participation of women in the Orthodox Church, particularly during the fifty years of the membership of the Orthodox churches in the World Council of Churches, this book contributes to the ongoing debates and feminist analysis of women's participation, ministry and sexuality in the life and practice of the Church universal. The book reveals both the positive contributions to ecumenism and the difficulties confronting Orthodox women wishing to participate more fully in the leadership and ministry of their church.

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Leonie B. Liveris is Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

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