Women's Leadership in Marginal Religions: Explorations Outside the Mainstream

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Catherine Wessinger
University of Illinois Press, 1993 - Religion - 246 pages
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Marginal religions in the United States have been supportive of women taking leadership roles at least since the nineteenth century. In Women's Leadership in Marginal Religions, historians, folklorists, and theologians explore what factors within these groups support women's religious leadership. The religions examined are Shakerism, Pentecostalism, Spiritualism, Christian Science, the Theosophical movement, New Thought, Unity, Hindu, and Buddhist groups, African-American Spiritual churches in New Orleans, the feminist spirituality movement, the Women-Church movement among Roman Catholic women, and Mormonism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Shakerism and Feminism
23
Pentecostal Women
41
Womens Leadership
55
Mother of New Thought
88
An Observation
102
The Legitimation of Female
125
Ritual Validations of Clergywomens Authority
149
The WomenChurch Movement in Contemporary Christianity
196
Contributors
233
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Catherine Wessinger (Ph.D. University of Iowa) is the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions, Loyola University, New Orleans. She is the author/editor of six books, including most recently, "Memoirs of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koreshas Mother" (2007), "Millenialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases", Editor (2000), and "Religious Institutions and Womenas Leadership: New Roles Inside the Mainstream" (1996).

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