From Publishers Weekly
Hunt and Neu,co-founders and co-directors of the Womn''s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, invited the 25 contributors to "describe what the future of feminist Christianity looks like from their various starting points." Many began by looking backward, noting the progress that has been made toward greater equality in Christian teaching and practice, as well as the disappointments and challenges that women seeking a voice and part in Christian leadership still face. Because the essays are necessarily brief, they are strongest when the contributor's particular experience filtech historical reflection. Most mix the personal and predictive, and most arrive at predictable conclusions. The volume concentrates its attention on the United States, which seems myopic since Christianity burgeons in the global south. The book's American focus and the absence of any male voices incompletely address Christian feminism's future. Its rehearsal of familiar complaints and the repeated call by its contributors for creative integration of women's experience and leadership underscores their observation that work remains to be done.
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"Showcases [women's spiritual leadership's] hallmarks: listening and collaboration. Use the provocative, creative suggestions as a practical guide for sharing the insights and extending the reach." --Mary Hunt
, cofounder/codirector, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER); coeditor, New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views
"An essential tool, an exciting read and a gift on the journey toward a transformed future." --Dirk Ficca
, executive director, Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions
"Full of wisdom and speaks the truth on difficult issues.... For people of all faiths--or no faith--it helps spark reflection on how true spirituality for our time can be re-shaped by empowering women." --Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
, editor, New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future
"Unique, timely and valuable.... Here is a testament to the power of the word, of women, and above all, of faith." --Azza Karam, PhD
, senior adviser, Culture, United Nations Population Fund
"A powerful plunge into the views, values and extraordinary endeavors by women on the leading edge of spirituality and leadership." --Roshi Joan Halifax
, founding abbot, Upaya Zen Center