She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World has recently come out. This book includes fascinating narratives of laypeople and clergy who are changing the institutional church and society by reclaiming biblical female divine names and images in Christian theology and worship. Their stories reveal the connection between including multicultural female divine images in worship and justice in human relationships. The stories are organized by categories of Wisdom’s works illustrated in them: gender equality, racial equality, marriage equality, economic justice, care of creation, nonviolence, interfaith collaboration, expanding spiritual experience, and changing hierarchies to circles. She Lives! also provides creative inclusive worship resources and locations of feminist emancipatory faith communities.
My deep gratitude goes to the prophetic laypeople and clergy who gave me interviews for the narratives in this book and to those who gave inclusive worship resources and information about their feminist emancipatory faith communities. She Lives! grew from these generous gifts.
I am also indeed grateful for the gift of this endorsement from Dr. Stephen Sprinkle:
Jann Aldredge-Clanton’s newest book, She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World, establishes her as the leading voice standing at the crossroads of feminist emancipatory theologies today.
Dr. Aldredge-Clanton interviews women and men who are both well-known constructive feminist theologians, and important players just now making their way into the broader theological discussions about God, Christ, Spirit, Church, and world. Skillfully distilling the accumulated witness of academics, churchwomen, liturgists, ethicists, and musicians, Dr. Aldredge-Clanton challenges readers to expand our vocabularies and imaginations, reaching new depths of God-talk and ethical plausibility.
This book is a comprehensive exploration of more than feminist theological issues. It is a tour de force of engagement with the politics and imagination of theological liberation and faith expression where women and their male soul mates lead us into a whole new country where divinity embraces everyone, and challenges exclusionary religion to step aside. Readers of this book will never be able to speak or think of deity and world in the same ways ever again.
Stephen V. Sprinkle is Professor of Practical Theology, and Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. Dr. Sprinkle is an award-winning author; his published books include Disciples and Theology, Ordination, and Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims. In 2012, Unfinished Lives won the International Silver Medal in Gay/Lesbian Non-fiction, given by the Independent Book Publishers Awards. In 2013, his book was translated into Korean and published in the Republic of Korea under the title, Who Trampled Down the Rainbow Flag?: Remembering the Death of Victims of Hate Crimes Against the Sexual Minority. Dr. Sprinkle is the founder and webmaster of http://unfinishedlivesblog.com/, and a blogger for the Huffington Post. A native of North Carolina, he holds a PhD from Duke University and ordination from the Alliance of Baptists. His most recent book, Honeysucker, is a hilarious account of his growing up in a small town in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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