- List of Contributors
- Feminist Theology and the Global Imagination
- Feminist Theology and the Jewish Tradition
- What is Feminist Theology?
- Transethnic Feminist Theology of Asia: Globalization, Identities, and Solidarities
- Gynocentric Thealogy of Tantric Hinduism: A Meditation Upon the Devi
- Globalization and Gender Inequality: A Contribution from a Latino Afro-feminist Perspective
- ‘The World Palpitates’: Globalization and the Religious Faith and Practices of Latin American Women
- Globalization, Women, and Religion in the Middle East
- Interrupting ‘Global-speak’: A Feminist Theological Response from Southern Africa to Globalization
- Theological Perspective on Mutual Solidarity in the Context of Globalization: The Circle's Experience
- Woman Lost in the Global Maze: Women and Religion in East Africa Under Globalization
- Feminist Theologies and the European Context
- Globalization the Second Wave of Colonization: Impacts on wahine Māori
- First Nation, Empire, and Globalization
- Feminism, Inc.: Globalization and North American Feminist Theologies
- Beyond Theology of Religions: The Epistemological and Ethical Challenges of Inter-religious Engagement
- Beyond the God/Man Duo: Globalization, Feminist Theology, and Religious Subjectivity
- Feminist Theologies of a World Scripture(s) in the Globalization Era
- The Challenges of Globalization for Muslim Women
- Theology and Identity in the Context of Globalization
- Doing a Theology from Disappeared Bodies: Theology, Sexuality, and the Excluded Bodies of the Discourses of Latin American Liberation Theology
- Globalization and Women's Bodies in Latin America
- Globalization and Narrative
- La Morenita on Skis: Women's Popular Marian Piety and Feminist Research on Religion
- Feminist Ritual Practice
- Globalization, Women's Transnational Migration, and Religious De-traditioning
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses women and ritual practice in the Christian tradition, women's ritual practices in the twentieth century, the development of feminist rituals, the globalization of feminist rituals, international networks of Christian women, and feminist activism in the Church. It argues that women creating and celebrating feminist rituals are here to stay. At the same time, of the roughly one billion Christian women around the globe, those who participate in feminist ritual practices are a distinct minority. A multitude of Christian women, however, do practice their faith in symbol, ritual, celebration, and song, and they do so—whether self-consciously or not, in an established group or alone—in gender-specific ways. Whatever the future of distinctly feminist rituals might hold, this gender-specific meaning-making of the rituals of faith will remain, at least until gender loses its defining force as a marker of difference in our world.
Teresa Berger is Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. She holds doctorates in both systematic theology and liturgical studies, and her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of those fields with gender theory and with cultural studies. She has written extensively on liturgy and women's lives and produced, in 2007, a video documentary called Worship in Women's Hands. Her publications include Women's Ways of Worship: Gender Analysis and Liturgical History (1999), Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context (2001), Fragments of Real Presence: Liturgical Traditions in the Hands of Women (2005), and, most recently, Gender Differences and the making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil Liturgy's Pas (2011).
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