Religion, Gender, and Industry
Exploring Church and Methodism in a Local Setting
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Local studies sometimes paint richly textured portraits of people and places that reveal the complex matrix of real life. This is one of those studies. A collection of essays on church and Methodism in the parish of Madeley in Shropshire, this book offers a model of interdisciplinary collaboration at its best. If you love to see how faith, work, and life connect for real people in an ever-changing world, this book is for you."
-Paul W. Chilcote
Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies
Ashland Theological Seminary
"This valuable volume is to be welcomed for bringing the Fletchers further out from Wesley's shadow. It is instructive to see them expertly assessed from the perspective of recent historiography: John as model Evangelical pastor of an industrializing parish and as a theologian whose insights into holiness, mysticism, and charismatic piety continue to engage transatlantic attention; Mary as an enduring inspiration to women preachers and leaders."
Jesus College, Oxford
"Our understanding of eighteenth-century English industry, gender, and religion has been transformed during the last thirty years. The special merit of this symposium is to bring together researchers often pursuing their subjects in isolation. The conference producing these papers met, appropriately, in an area that saw industrial innovation, the ministry of the Methodist clergyman John Fletcher and his remarkable wife and female friends. This excellent collection sensitively illustrates the lives of working men, women, and believers and deserves to set the pattern for similar collaborations in future."
Former Bishop Fraser Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History
University of Manchester