Prophetic Sisterhood : Liberal Women Ministers of the Frontier, 1880-1930
"Prophetic Sisterhood" documents the struggles of a courageous group of nineteenth-century women to find a place in the liberal denominations of American religion. They left the security of their homes and endured great hardships in fulfillment of their desire to minister to congregations on the western frontier. Their questioning of traditional ministerial roles led to the creation of a domestic ministry whose scope extended far beyond the pulpit to suffrage, social settlements, and the peace movement. But because they were women, they failed to gain institutional acceptance. "In "Prophetic Sisterhood", the conspiracy of forgetfulness around women in ministry is challenged. The book contains historical substance, readable stories, and methodological insights." - Barbara Brown Zikmund. "Cynthia Tucker's "Prophetic Sisterhood" fills a major gap in the study of women and religion in America. It is invaluable as the only documentation of a support system of female ordained ministers in the nineteenth century." - Rosemary Keller.
- Paperback | 312 pages
- 152.4 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
- 01 Jun 1994
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- Indiana Univ PR ed.
- 8 b&w photos
Table of contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part One LibertyOs Daughters 1 The Entering Wedge 2 Lengthening Cords and Strengthening Stakes 3 A Happy Company 4 Coming to the Front Part Two A Domestic Ministry 5 Tending Church Families 6 Special Friendships 7 The Pastor as Teacher 8 The Church Home Part Three Institutional Boundaries 9 East and West 10 The Economics of Power 11 Religious Divisions 12 WomanOs Place in a OManlier MinistryO Part Four Prophetic Ministries 13 Preaching Reform 14 Blessed Neighborliness 15 Ministering to Municipalities 16 Crusading for Suffrage 17 Keeping the Peace Epilogue: Legacy The SisterhoodOs Biographies Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index