Women Pioneers in Continental European Methodism, 1869-1939

Women Pioneers in Continental European Methodism, 1869-1939

by Paul W. Chilcote, Ulrike Schuler

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Despite the fact that women are often mentioned as having played instrumental roles in the establishment of Methodism on the Continent of Europe, very little detail concerning the women has ever been provided to add texture to this historical tapestry. This book of essays redresses this by launching a new and wider investigation into the story of pioneering Methodist women in Europe.

By bringing to light an alternative set of historical narratives, this edited volume gives voice to a broad range of religious issues and concerns during the critical period in European history between 1869 and 1939. Covering a range of nations in Continental Europe, some important interpretive themes are suggested, such as the capacity of women to network, their ability to engage in God’s work, and their skill at navigating difficult cultural boundaries.

This ground breaking study will be of significant interest to scholars of Methodism, but also to students and academics working in history, religious studies, and gender.

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ISBN-13: 9781351802109
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/06/2018
Series: Routledge Methodist Studies Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 222
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paul W. Chilcote is Professor of Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has published 25 books, many of them on the history of Methodism and women’s studies, including She Offered Them Christ and The Methodist Defense of Women in Ministry.

Ulrike Schuler is Professor of Church History, Methodism, and Ecumenical Studies at United Methodist-related Reutlingen School of Theology in Germany. She has served as Chair of the European Methodist Historical Society and President of the World Methodist Historical Society.

Table of Contents

Uncovering the Story of Women Pioneers in European Methodism: An Introduction

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler


Part I. Bible Women, Deaconesses, and Missionaries

1 Methodist Bible Women in Bulgaria and Italy

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler

2 The Pioneering Deaconess Movement in Germany

Mareike Bloedt

3 The European Roots of the American Methodist Deaconess Movement

Margit Herfart

4 Methodist Women Missionaries in Bulgaria and Italy

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler

5 Methodist Women’s Mission Societies in Germany and Switzerland

Ulrike Schuler

6 Methodist Women Pioneers in Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Poland

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler


Part II. Portraits of Pioneer Women

7 Baroness Amelie von Langenau: Pioneer of Methodism in Austria

Michael Wetzel

8 Anna Eklund: Methodist Pioneer in Russia

S T Kimbrough, Jr.

9 Ines Piacentini Ferreri: Pioneer of "Wholesome Feminism" in Italy

Andrea Annese

10 Sketches of Methodist Women Pioneers

Paul W. Chilcote, compiler

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