HDS 2377

Gender and Religious Leadership in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century America

David Holland


It is a well-established fact that women have numerically dominated the membership rolls of almost every American denomination, and it is just as widely recognized that men have dominated the pulpit. Both realities were particularly apparent in the United States in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. What happened, however, when women began to preach and lead? This course will examine a number of examples from the nineteenth century—from Phoebe Palmer to Mary Baker Eddy—to consider how assumptions about leadership and gender may have evolved during this transformative period.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1583


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Wed 2pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • African and African American Religious Studies
  • Religions of the Americas
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Denominational Polity
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
Language Course Designation(s) None