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Mysticism & social transformation
Ruffing, Janet, 1945-
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Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, [2001]

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xvi, 220 pages ; 24 cm
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Explores the relationship between the mystical and the political dimensions of religious existence, beginning with the thirteenth-century Franciscon movement and ending with a feminist opproach to the norralives of African Americons who serve in the ministry. From the thirteenth-century Franciscan movement of African American mystics, this wide-ranging volume of essays considers exemplars of Christian mysticism (including Teresa of Avila, lgnatius of Loyola, the Quakers, and the Society of Friends) whose practices and influence brought about social change. Linking major conceptual issues and social theory, the essays examine the historical impact of mysticism in contemporary life and argue for a hermeneutical approach to mysticism in its historical context. The contributors look at how mystical empowerment can serve as a catalyst for expressing compassion in acts of justice and long-term social change. We learn how Sojourner Truth and Rebecca Cox Jackson, driven by mystical experiences to take up lives of preaching, faced the same misogynistic religious environments as did women mystics throughout history, which has submerged this key area of women's experience. The final two essay

Table of Contents

Robert J. Egan, S. J.Janet K. Ruffing, R. S. M.Grace M. JantzenDorothee SollePaul Lachance, O. F. M.Amy HollywoodCarole SladeJanet K. Ruffing, R. S. M.Margaret Benefiel and Rebecca Darden PhippsJoy R. BosticDonald RothbergRoger S. Gottlieb
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Contributorsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Theoretical Perspectives
1. Disrupting the Sacred: Religion and Gender in the Cityp. 29
2. To Be Amazed, To Let Go, To Resist: Outline for a Mystical Journey Todayp. 45
Part 2 Christian Mystics and Social Transformation
3. Mysticism and Social Transformation According to the Franciscan Wayp. 55
4. Preaching as Social Practice in Meister Eckhartp. 76
5. St. Teresa of Avila as a Social Reformerp. 91
6. Ignatian Mysticism of Service: Ignatius of Loyola and Pedro Arrupep. 104
7. Practical Mysticism: Quakers and Social Transformationp. 129
8. Mystical Experience, Radical Subjectification, and Activism in the Religious Traditions of African American Womenp. 143
Part 3 Emerging Contemporary Approaches
9. Awakening for All Beings: Buddhism and Social Transformationp. 161
10. The Transcendence of Justice and the Justice of Transcendence: Mysticism, Deep Ecology, and Political Lifep. 179
Works Citedp. 197
Indexp. 213