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Students completing the course can expect to:
Farley, Wendy. The Thirst of God: Contemplating God with Three Women Mystics. Westminster John Knox, 2015.
Eds. Judith Plaskow and Carol P. Christ. Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality. Harper & Row, 1989.
Townes, Emilie. In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality As Social Witness. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.
Each student will also choose one book/reading for their historical partner and one book for their contemporary partner. I ask that we try not to duplicate these partners, as there are plenty to go around.
Bibliography/List for Historical Partners and Sign Up for Historical Partner
Bibliography/List for Contemporary Partners and Sign Up for Contemporary Partners
Recommended Collections (For Historical Partner, if she doesn't have a book of her own):
Ed. Susan Neunzig Cahill. Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writings by Women. W.W. Norton & Co. October 1997. ISBN: 0393316793
Ed. Shawn Madigan. Mystics, Visionaries & Prophets: A Historical Anthology of Women’s Spiritual Writings. Augsberg Fortress (New Ed) Feb. 2004. ISBN: 0800634209
Ed. Amy Oden. In Her Words: Women’s Writings in the History of Christian Thought.
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994.
Articles/Chapters Available on Course Site:
Chopp, Rebecca. Chapter 3 “Places of Grace: The Practice of Ekklesia” from Saving Work:
Feminist Practices of Theological Education. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.
Gafney, Wilda. “Leviticus: The Heart of Torah” from Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne. Westminster John Knox, 2017.
Harris, Maria. Chapter 2 “Teaching” from Teaching and Religious Imagination. San
Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987. pp. 23-40.
Hilkert, Mary Catherine. Chapter 11 “Cry Beloved Image” from In The Embrace of God.
Ed. Ann O’Hara Graff. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995. pp. 190-205.
Jaggar, Alison M. “Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology” from
Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstruction of Being and Knowing.
Rutgers University Press, 1989. pp. 145-171.
Lightsey, Pamela. “Transforming until thy Kin(g)dom Come” from Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology. Pickwick, 2015.
Moore, Mary Elizabeth Mullino. Chapter 2 “Midwife Teaching” from Teaching from the
Heart. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991. pp. 27-58. ISBN: 0800624971
Moore, Mary Elizabeth. “Inclusive Language and Power: A Response” Religious
Education, Vol 80, No. 4. Fall 1985. pp. 603-614.
Ng, Greer Anne Wenh-In. “Toward Wholesome Nurture: Challenges in the Religious
Education of Asian North American Female Christians.” Religious Education,
Vol. 91, No. 2. Spring 1996. pp. 238-254.
Ross, Susan A. Chapter 6 “Extravagant Affections” from In The Embrace of God. Ed.
Ann O’Hara Graff. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995. pp. 105-121.
Weems, Renita. Introduction, Chapter 6 & 7 from Just a Sister Away (rev. ed). New York:
Warner Books, 2005.
Assignments: (Detailed guidelines will be posted on the due date of each of these assignments to supplement these descriptions where needed.)
You will sign up to engage and share your learning of a contemporary woman writing about spirituality (20% of final grade). You will want to read at least one book written by this woman. In about 2-3 pages, you will share answers to the following questions (though not necessarily in this order or in a numbered list):
4. Presentation on a Historical Woman:
Each class member will chose one woman as a “historical partner” to work with throughout the quarter. After reading something biographical and something written by this woman (when possible), the class member will introduce her work to the rest of the class initially with a calling card, later with a more involved presentation. Each presentation will touch on the central theological and spiritual assumptions out of which she operated, something of the key religious and historical issues presented by her context and how her work responded to them, the methods she employed in her efforts, feminist/womanist themes that may emerge in her work, a critique of the strengths and weaknesses of her educational/spiritual formation philosophy and practice, and questions/insights for contemporary religious practice. (20% of final grade based on presentation)
The final project will be a visual presentation or an integrative letter to your historical partner. In the visual presentation, you will capture some of the key insights that you have garnered about women and spirituality over the course of the quarter in a way that is accessible to your colleagues in the course. You may move deeply into one theme or insight that is particularly important to you, or capture a range of learnings in an integrative fashion. This could be a poster, painting, sculpture, image/photo, collage, fabric art, or slideshow. Visual presentation should include the guide notes to the piece that you would find if it were presented in a museum and there was a 3-4 paragraph explanation of it hanging beside it or in self-guided tour notes. If you choose the integrative letter to your historical partner, it should demonstrate a significant 3-way interaction between your understanding of the life and commitments of your historical partner, your engagement with course readings and materials, and your own perspectives and insights. Although the writing style may be appropriate to a letter format, academic citation should also be utilized to give credit for your sources (4-5 pages, 20% of final grade).
|Mar 23, 2021||Tue||Introducing Ourselves||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 23, 2021||Tue||Welcome Video||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 24, 2021||Wed||Readings: Traditions: Accept, Recover, Adapt, Refuse?||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 25, 2021||Thu||What to do with patriarchal traditions?||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 26, 2021||Fri||Sign up for Historical and Contemporary Partners||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 26, 2021||Fri||Course Q & A.||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 26, 2021||Fri||Reflections on Our Discussion from Katherine-Week 1||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 27, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions- Jan Richardson and Adriene Mishler||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 30, 2021||Tue||Weekly Reading: Meeting the Mystics and Mechthild of Magdeberg||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 31, 2021||Wed||Meeting the Mystics||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 02, 2021||Fri||Historical Partner Calling Cards||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 02, 2021||Fri||Reflections on Discussion and Intro to Contemporary Partner Work||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 03, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions-Julian of Norwich and Meg Barnhouse||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 06, 2021||Tue||Readings: Marguerite Porete and Julian of Norwich||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 07, 2021||Wed||Discussion of Marguerite and Julian||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 08, 2021||Thu||Zoom #1||due by 07:00PM|
|Apr 10, 2021||Sat||Engaging and Analyzing Contemporary Partners, Part 1||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 10, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions- Sweet Honey in the Rock||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 13, 2021||Tue||Reading: Moorings of Womanist Spirituality||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 14, 2021||Wed||Discussion of Townes 1-3||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 17, 2021||Sat||Engaging and Analyzing Contemporary Partners, Part 2||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 17, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions: Alice Walker||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 17, 2021||Sat||Reading Journals, First Part due||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 20, 2021||Tue||Reading: Townes 4-6||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 21, 2021||Wed||Discussion of Townes 4-6||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 22, 2021||Thu||Zoom Meeting #2||due by 07:00PM|
|Apr 23, 2021||Fri||Engaging and Analyzing Contemporary Partners, Part 3||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 24, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions- Kaylin Haught and Meinrad Craighead||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 27, 2021||Tue||Reading: Images of God and Inclusive Language||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 28, 2021||Wed||Discussion of Images of God and Inclusive Language Readings||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 30, 2021||Fri||Engagement with Contemporary Partner||due by 05:59AM|
|May 01, 2021||Sat||Engaging and Analyzing Contemporary Partners, Part 4||due by 05:59AM|
|May 01, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions: Sandy Sasso||due by 05:59AM|
|May 04, 2021||Tue||Readings: Bible/Sacred Text||due by 05:59AM|
|May 05, 2021||Wed||Discussion: Sacred Texts||due by 05:59AM|
|May 08, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions: Octavia Butler and Afrofuturism||due by 05:59AM|
|May 12, 2021||Wed||Historical Partner Presentations||due by 05:59AM|
|May 13, 2021||Thu||Preparation for Zoom Call Tomorrow!||due by 05:59AM|
|May 13, 2021||Thu||Zoom Meeting #3- Historical Partners Conversations||due by 07:00PM|
|May 15, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions: Christine Valters Paintner and Teri Harroun||due by 05:59AM|
|May 18, 2021||Tue||Readings: Embodiment/Sexuality||due by 05:59AM|
|May 19, 2021||Wed||Discussion: Embodiment and Sexuality||due by 05:59AM|
|May 22, 2021||Sat||Friday Devotions: Carrie Newcomer||due by 05:59AM|
|May 22, 2021||Sat||Reading Journals, Second Half||due by 05:59AM|
|May 25, 2021||Tue||Reading: Working for a different future||due by 05:59AM|
|May 26, 2021||Wed||Final Visions||due by 05:59AM|
|May 29, 2021||Sat||Final Project||due by 05:59AM|