Women, Ritual, and Power
Placing Female Imagery of God in Christian Worship
Reveals the triumphs and struggles of contemporary Christian congregations to express female imagery of God in worship.
Many Christians do not know the Bible contains female images of God because they have never heard nor seen them in church. Elizabeth Ursic gives the reader insight into four Christian communities that worship God with female imagery, both as a worship focus and a community identity. These Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Catholic congregations operate within their established church denominations and are led by either ordained Protestant ministers or vowed Catholic sisters. Because expressing God-as-She can expose strident claims for maintaining God-as-He, this book shows how patriarchy continues to operate in churches today, as well as how it is being successfully challenged through liturgy.
State University of New York (SUNY) Press 2014