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 50 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.
Elisabeth Behr-Sigel (1907-2005), a convert to Orthodoxy in her early twenties and a central figure of Orthodox theology among Russian Ã©migrÃ©s in Paris, first began to reflect on the question of women in the priesthood in 1976. Initially supporting the general consensus that priesthood would be impossible for the Orthodox, she came to retract this view, finding a basis for female ordination in women's distinct spiritual charisms. Behr-Sigel later shifted the foundation of her case to personhood, inspired by the work of fellow Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky, and arrived at the conclusion that all the Orthodox arguments against the ordination of women were, in fact, heretical at root. In this volume, Wilson analyzes all of Behr-Sigel's writings about women and the priesthood across the whole sweep of her career, demonstrating the development of her thought on women over the last thirty years of her life. She evaluates her relationship to feminism, Protestantism and movements within Orthodoxy, finally drawing conclusions about this much-contested matter for the ongoing debate in both the East and the West.
The poems in this book were written on August 13th and 14th during the 2016 Poetry Marathon. The Poetry Marathon is a yearly event where poets write 12 poems in 12 hours, or 24 poems in 24 hours. The authors of these poems live all over the world. This anthology includes poets who are being published for the very first time, as well as poets who have widely published in books, literary journals, and anthologies.
"It provides imaginative and thought-provoking... coverage of the ways in which religious thought and practice construct understandings of the human body." -- Journal of Asian Studies "Drawing on a remarkably diverse set of studies discussing the major Western religious traditions (including Islam) and East and South Asian traditions, the book challenges easy theorization of 'the body in religion.'... an excellent source book for college-level comparative religion courses... " -- Bruce Mannheim, University of Michigan "... an important study that... should be of considerable interest to the general student of the history and phenomenology of religions." -- Muslim World Book Review The first cross-cultural and interdisciplinary survey on the relationship between religious practice and ideology and the human body.
Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy! Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind. With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels. "A great new book that will leave you breathless.” –Romantic Times From the Trade Paperback edition.
Why Work? Called to Make a Difference challenges every common assumption about a person's role in the workplace. From corporate America to government offices to entrepreneurial start-ups, a new move is sweeping the country. Each chapter is thought provoking and worthy of discussion, guiding everyday workers as to their purpose in work and how they can make a difference in their sphere of influence. As you read the book, you will be transformed as you become an agent of transformation in your workplace.This book is valuable for an individual reader and a small group. The content of the book provides a fresh awareness of the purpose of our work. It encourages discussion that will enhance the understanding of all participants. This book may be used in conjunction with online downloadable resources.
In this pathbreaking volume, Ross Shepard Kraemer provides the first comprehensive look at women's religions in Greco-Roman antiquity. She vividly recreates the religious lives of early Christian, Jewish, and pagan women, with many fascinating examples: Greek women's devotion to goddesses, rites of Roman matrons, Jewish women in rabbinic and diaspora communities, Christian women's struggles to exercise authority and autonomy, and women's roles as leaders in the full spectrum of Greco-Roman religions. In every case, Kraemer reveals the connections between the social constraints under which women lived, and their religious beliefs and practices. The relationship among female autonomy, sexuality, and religion emerges as a persistent theme. Analyzing the monastic Jewish Therapeutae and various Christian communities, Kraemer demonstrates the paradoxical liberation which women achieved by rejection of sexuality, the body, and the female. In the epilogue, Kraemer pursues the disturbing implications such findings have for contemporary women. Based on an astonishing variety of primary sources, Her Share of the Blessings is an insightful work that goes beyond the limitations of previous scholarship to provide a more accurate portrait of women in the Greco-Roman world.
It is 1982, the year of a revival in investment banking. The monks and nuns of Lydsbury are inspired by the 6th-century rule of St Benedict and from 1960s student activism, but do not know whether to concentrate on saying the Night Office or supporting the liberation of the Third World.
Mercy Oduyoyes latest book gathers a wealth of insights under three headings Africa and Redemption; Global Issues in African Perspective; and Women, Tradition, and the Gospel in Africa. Although some essays have been printed in earlier works, everything in this book has been carefully revised and, in some cases abridged. Oduyoye takes great pains to bring Akan and other African traditions into correlation with Biblical stories and show the reader how African wisdom offers deep insights into episodes and themes that readers might have thought could yield nothing new. Above all, Beads and Strands gives us access to how she sees the state and roles of women in Africa since her return from working at the global level in the World Council of Churches.