I am thrilled that my new co-edited book with Jenny Daggers, Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) is now available.
Release Date: June 4, 2015.
This book extends the feminist theology subfield of creative imagining with traditional Christian doctrines. Whether women are welcomed into partnership and ministry or subject to exclusive male leadership, new imaginings are crucial for the twenty-first century global church. In this volume, contributors critically imagine doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Mary, theological anthropology, grace, free will, creativity, and hope with the aim of furthering global gender justice. As they address these doctrines and give shape to new ecotheologies, the volume’s diverse set of contributors reflect on constructive projects from within their respective faith traditions. Their writings on the gospel will resonate with the concerns and projects of justice-seeking readers in a myriad of global contexts and locations.
“This volume not only gives us fresh and provocative renderings of Christian thought, but shows us why it matters to a world groaning for redemption. To hear the voices of women is, in fact, to hear the voice of the church, and in this volume we hear the voice of the church speaking clearly and relevantly.” – Willie James Jennings, Duke Divinity School, USA
“This creative book pushes the boundaries of theological tradition by placing gender justice at the center of doctrinal reconstruction. It is an invaluable resource for both beginners and more advanced learners in theology.” – Kwok Pui-lan, Episcopal Divinity School, USA
“This book is a tremendous introduction to where the many forms of feminist theologies are today—and where Christian theology must move for the future.” – Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Fordham University, USA
“Daggers and Kim expand our sense of Christian doctrine by placing the deep symbols of Christian faith—God, Christ, the Spirit, crucifixion, hope, and anthropology—in dialogue with the wisdom and suffering of women.” – Wendy Farley, Emory University, USA
“The invaluable contributions of theology re-imagined are a powerful act of Christian doctrinal faithfulness in the truest sense of the Gospel: their words are the hopeful confidence in what is yet to be seen in the global reality of women, girls and our earth.” – Teresa Delgado, Director, Peace and Justice Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Iona College, USA
Table of Contents:
Foreword: Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Notes on Contributors
- Jenny Daggers & Grace Ji-Sun Kim– “Surveying the Landscape of Doctrinal Imagining”
- Loida I. Martell-Otero – “Who Do You Say that I Am? From Incomprehensible Ousia to Active Presencia: An Evangélica Re-Imagining of the Doctrine of God”
- Sigridur Gudmarsdottir -“The Green Cross: the Green Tree and the Oppression of Nature”
- Amy Carr– “Divine Grace and the Question of Free Will: A Feminist “Stumbling Block?”
- Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo– “Motherhood and The (In)vulnerability of the Imago Dei: Being Human In the Mystical-Political Cloud of Impossibility”
- Gina Messina-Dysert– “Mary: Liberated and Liberator”
- Grace Ji-Sun Kim– “An Asian American Theology of Hope: Foreign Women and the Reign of God”
- Linda E. Thomas– “The Holy Spirit: A Womanist Conjure”
- Hilda Koster -“Ecological Evil, Evolution and the Wisdom of God: Re-imagining Redemption for Eco-Feminist Religious Practice in an Age of Global Ecocide”
- Elise M. Edwards– “Re-imagining Creation as Creative Activity: Possibilities for Women’s Empowerment through Aesthetic Agency”
Epilogue: Cynthia L. Rigby
*This book is volume 2. The first volume is Reimagining with Christian Doctrines.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion. She is the author of Embracing the Other (forthcoming); Here I Am; Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice co-edited with Jenny Daggers; Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style” co-written with Joseph Cheah; Reimagining with Christian Doctrines co-edited with Jenny Daggers; Contemplations from the Heart; Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit; The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other; and The Grace of Sophia. She is a co-editor with Dr. Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”.
Jenny Daggers is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Liverpool Hope University. She is white British and writes on gender and Christian theology with particular interests in feminist theology and postcolonial theology in relation to Christian doctrines. She has written books on postcolonial theology of religions, and the British Christian Women’s Movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and she enjoys working collaboratively with scholars who share similar interests. Recent work is in collaboration with Professor Grace Ji-Sun Kim of Georgetown University, who writes from a Korean-North American perspective.