Deeper Joy

Lay Women and Vocation in the 20th Century Episcopal Church

Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, Fredrica Harris Thompsett

Mar/2004, 250 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898694796



Throughout the 20th century lay women in the Episcopal Church, often acting in isolation and without institutional support, offered a powerful witness of leadership, vocation, and theological resilience. Deeper Joy studies groups of women with similar callings yet located in diverse settings throughout church and society such as schools, hospitals, and other civic institutions. The topics presented here reflect new historical perspectives and unexplored primary materials, including interviews that bear on all women's ministries, hence addressing neglected and important aspects of life in the American church.

After an introductory chapter on women and vocation, five major sections will explore lay women's vocations through the lenses of community life, education, mission, civic life, and working for change from within the Episcopal Church. Topics include Anglican sisterhoods, the Companions of the Holy Cross, the deaconess movement, women of the New Deal, women in foreign missions, the settlement house movement, and women in education. The views of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women are all represented. A concluding chapter addresses future directions for leadership and service.

Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Education at Claremont School of Theology. A priest of the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles ,she is a religious educator, practical theologian, historian, writer and editor, equity facilitator, and program and retreat leader. Active as a teacher, scholar, and theological educator for almost 40 years, she is the author of 24 books, handbooks, training manuals, curricula, and numerous articles and reviews in academic journals and church publications.

Fredrica Harris Thompsett is the retired Mary Wolfe professor of historical theology at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, where she has also served as academic dean for fourteen years. She is the author or editor of several books including Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination and the highly regarded We Are Theologians.

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