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The book of women's sermons : hearing God in each other's voices
Hancock, E. Lee (Eugenia Lee)
Publication Information:
New York : Riverhead Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
276 pages ; 23 cm
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BV4241 .B57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Americans have gone back to God; but not the God of our parents and grandparents. There are new paradigms emerging in our churches, temples, and meetinghouses. And the voices of religion today are, increasingly, the voices of women. Having traditionally been marginalized by the church, women, perhaps not surprisingly, have been among the first to stand up and challenge their congregations and communities to stretch religion across the realities of modern life, to preach about a God who belongs to everyone.

From Kathleen Norris to Lauren Artress, Alice Walker to Jean Shinoda Bolen, women of different races, creeds, and walks of life boldly and candidly discuss their spiritual communities rife with racism, child abuse, AIDS, poverty, homophobia, and neglect of the aging. They speak passionately from their perspective as women on power, liberation theology, the Mother God, and the role of women in the church. They reflect poignantly from their own experiences of marriage, motherhood, loss, and forgiveness.

From the hearts, minds, and souls of these women emerges a unique, interfaith vision of the sacred. They turn their eyes to the question of what we will do with the gifts and graces that women bring to religious institutions, to its ministry and mission in the world. And they lift their voices together to enable women of all faiths to recognize the importance of addressing God directly, collectively, and out loud so that we can hear ourselves in one another.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Reverend E. Lee Hancock has gathered a range of scriptural and topical sermons authored by female priests, rabbis, ministers, writers, and professors. These fresh voices offer a new twist on several traditional Sunday subjects, including heaven, spirituality, faith, mystery, grief, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. The most interesting and provocative discourses, however, revolve around a number of contemporary social themes. Hopelessness, domestic violence, homosexuality, AIDS, and poverty are all issues raised, addressed, and put into spiritual and moral context by various contributors. The 35 women featured provide a uniquely feminine perspective on God and the sacred in everyday life.--Margaret Flanagan

Library Journal Review

This collection of 35 sermons speaks to the increasing presence of women in positions of religious leadership and the continuing controversies and challenges they face. Contributors include ordained clergy and elders, professors, community activists, and professional writers. Episcopalians have the largest representation, but the collection is well balanced, with voices from traditionally black denominations as well as the Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Moravian, Unitarian Universalist, Unity Fellowship, Roman Catholic, and both Reform and Conservative Jewish traditions. The book's strength is in the variety and quality of writing, which is uniformly thought-provoking. Latino and African American voices add richness, as does the inclusion of nonordained women. The weakness is the book's organization, which is alphabetical by name; there is no clear way to identify shared themes or texts, and only two of the sermons are dated. Recommended for public and academic libraries.ÄJan Blodgett, Davidson Coll., NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.