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Navigating New Terrain: Work and Women's Spiritual Lives

By Claire E. Wolfteich
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Book Details
  • Author: Claire E. Wolfteich
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Brand: Paulist Press
  • Published: 2002-12-01
Work changes women's religious assumptions and devotional lives, a fact that traditional religious institutions, whether Jewish, Protestant, or Roman Catholic, have not understood or responded to adequately up to now. Yet, work is a powerful force shaping women's identities, relationships, volunteer activities, and their sense of meaning.

Claire Wolfteich, an eminent and prolific writer and theologian, brings women's changing experiences in the workforce into dialogue with religious leaders, insisting that religious groups need to prepare ministers to understand evolving societal roles. She says: "The church needs spiritual guides who can walk with women as they encounter new tensions, define their identities, wrestle with vocation, and seek to live faithfully with God."

This book offers:

-- a broad-based historical perspective, from Rosie the Riveter in World War II, through Betty Friedan and the women's movement, to current models of holiness.

-- examples of the changing lives of women, both cultural and spiritual, as seen against ever-evolving societal norms.

-- personal stories by women of faith as they struggle to redefine their place in the world and their spiritual lives.

-- constructive theological insights into questions of vocation, discernment, fragmentation, time, and spiritual models.

-- pastoral guidelines for clergy, spiritual guides, and therapists to understand and help both women and men struggling with new and expanded roles.

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