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Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination, and the Church (Women and Gender in Religion)
Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination, and the Church (Women and Gender in Religion) Frederick Schmidt 0815626835 9780815626831 Drawing from interviews of fifty ordained and seminary-trained women, Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. explore
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Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination, and the Church (Women and Gender in Religion) by Frederick Schmidt

Drawing from interviews of fifty ordained and seminary-trained women, Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. explores the bureaucratic and cultural underpinnings of the church that continues to bar women from positions of authority. Writing as a seminary-trained sociologist, Schmidt concentrates on the roles of clergywomen in five denominations - Episcopal, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran, Southern Baptist, and Roman Catholic. He maintains that behind the facade of equanimity, women are often relegated to the outskirts of church hierarchy. In compelling stories, we learn about the Episcopal woman denied a job because she was too short; the Methodist women burdened by the old saw of women preachers being like dogs walking on their hind legs; the Evangelical Lutheran who, in protest to her denominations trickle-down reform, camped outside her bishops office; and Roman Catholic women who, frustrated and beleaguered by their churchs refusal to ordain them, become active reformers. To substantiate his assertion that churches are cultures as well as organizations, Schmidt examines both official policies regarding womens ordination in each denomination and the cultural context in which those policies must play out. Through their stories, the clergywomen remind us that the church influences society whether society acknowledges it or not.

Author: Frederick Schmidt

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 212

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Publication Date: 1996-02-01

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