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Motherhood As Metaphor: Engendering Interreligious Dialogue

July 1, 2013

While interreligious dialogue is growing more popular in the West, the academic discussion and practice is still largely framed by male scholars and religious leaders. In this book, Jeannine Hill Fletcher argues that women are an integral part of religious dialogue, and their voices must be included in contemporary debates on interfaith engagement. Hill Fletcher draws on three distinct historical interfaith encounters between women: the feminist movement around the world, an interfaith group in Philadelphia, and the archives of the Maryknoll Sisters working in China before World War II. Utilizing these different sources, Hill Fletcher argues that women are uniquely connected to interfaith dialogue and feminist theology. She employs letters, diaries, and speeches to articulate a strong feminist centered theology of religions from a Christian perspective.

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