Circles of Sisterhood:
A History of Mission, Service, and Fellowship in Mennonite Women's Organizations
The saga of Mennonite women’s organizations is a story of struggle and triumph, productivity and misgivings, questions and celebrations. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, women’s groups have offered Mennonite women a means of serving others by sewing clothing, laboring over quilts, rolling bandages, and packing school kits. Women’s groups have also provided Mennonite women the opportunity to test their skills as leaders and give voice to callings they felt in a church that has not always valued their gifts for ministry. In this vibrant portrait of Mennonite Women USA, Anita Hooley Yoder paints with both broad and subtle strokes the one-hundred-year history of an organization that nurtures local church women’s groups and connects Mennonite women across the world.
By situating Mennonite women's organizational history within the larger currents of American and Canadian religious life and culture, Hooley Yoder illuminates the missionary impulse, spiritual support, theological friction, and cultural diversity of the Mennonite women's movement. From the traditional sewing and quilting circles to an emerging global network for Anabaptism women, Mennonite women's organizations have offered spaces for connection, conversation, and nurturing of each other's gifts.
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