Holy Women, Wholly Women

Sharing Ministries through Life Stories and Reciprocal Ethnography

By Elaine J. Lawless

Holy Women, Wholly Women

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  • ISBN: 9781608994113
  • Pages: 314
  • Publication Date: 4/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60
Web Price: $29.60

Holy Women, Wholly Women

Sharing Ministries through Life Stories and Reciprocal Ethnography

By Elaine J. Lawless

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  • ISBN: 9781608994113
  • Pages: 314
  • Publication Date: 4/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60

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In Holy Women, Wholly Women, Elaine J. Lawless continues her work with women in American religion, and explores the life experiences of women in parish ministry in several Protestant churches--including the United Methodist, Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, American Baptist, Episcopal, and Unitarian churches.

Applying an approach, which she calls "reciprocal ethnography," Lawless collects and interprets the stories of ten women ministers and examines their public and private lives, their ministries, their images of God, and their negotiations of sexuality and the religious life. Throughout, she retains much of the dialogue, which developed between herself and the participants; the voices of the women are clearly distinguishable from Lawless's words and from each other's. These women are ordained in different denominations, yet their deep-seated beliefs about spirituality, God, and ministry are surprisingly similar. Denominational affiliations are less critical for them than is the maintenance of a theology of wholeness and well-being for all humans.

By employing an ethnographical approach informed by feminist theory, Holy Women, Wholly Women contributes to our understanding of women in the ordained ministry. It will be of compelling interest to students and scholars in folklore, women's studies, and religion.

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Elaine J. Lawless

Bio(s)-

Elaine Lawless is Curators' Distinguished Professor of English and Women's Studies and also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is also the current President of the American Folklore Society. Her works include Troubling Violence (with M. Heather Carver), God's Peculiar People, a study of Pentecostals in Indiana, and Handmaidens of the Lord.

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