The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America harvests the fruits of 25 years of scholarship on the history and current state of women's religious experience in North America. The result of a five-year project led by Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether and funded by the Lilly Endowment and the Henry Luce Foundation, the encyclopedia marshals the talents of more than 150 scholars to produce the most comprehensive and up-to-date description and analysis of women and religion in North America. The encyclopedia is interreligious, interracial, and multicultural and is aimed at a broad general audience.
Instead of hundreds of short entries, this encyclopedia features more than 145 longer essays that enable major themes to be developed more fully. The articles focus on institutions, movements, and ideas. The authors weave biographical sketches into their articles to give them a more personal and humanizing quality, and to recognize the women responsible for the gains made over the centuries. The essays demonstrate that neither the story of women nor the story of religion in North America can be accurately told unless the religious experience of women is integrated into the center of women's and religious history.
These well-illustrated volumes will be an essential reference for all of those interested in the role of women in North America's vibrant and complex religious life.
Rosemary Skinner Keller is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Rosemary Radford Ruether is the Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Graduate Theological Union of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.
Introductory Essay: Integrating the Worlds of Women's Religious Experience in North America, Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether Part I. Approaches to the History of Women and Religion Part II. Women in Indigenous and African Traditions Part III. Catholicism Part IV. Protestantism Colonial Period Denominational Traditions Evangelical Protestantism Hispanic Protestantism Asian Protestantism Part V. Women in Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Traditions Part VI. Judaism Part VII. Islam Part VIII. Asian Religions Buddhism Hinduism Chinese Religions Japanese Religions Part IX. Newer Religious Movements Part X. Multidenominational Movements Deaconess Movement Missionary Movement Women's Societies Religious Education The Ordination Movement Music and the Arts Part XI. Women, Religion, and Social Reform Part XII. Women-Centered Theology Part XIII. Contemporary Women's Issues in Religion