Women's Spirituality and Contemporary Religion
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Religion
Course Number: LREL 2051
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Jewish Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
Beginning with the "second wave" of the feminist movement in the early 1960s, this course explores the contours of women's spirituality within mainstream and (so-called) alternative religious traditions in contemporary America, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Wicca/neo-Paganism, and Buddhism. Using primary and secondary texts by Euro-American women and women of color; traditionalists, reformers, and radicals; we will consider a range of issues at the intersection of religion and gender including: the role of hierarchy and authority; the individual in relation to her religio-spiritual community; the boundaries of normative religious practice; tradition, innovation, and continuity; the role of ritual and concepts of the sacred; and issues involving race, power, class, and social justice. We will consider the ways in which women from diverse backgrounds and orientations articulate their religious and spiritual legacies, their struggles and yearnings, and we will explore their common concerns as well as their significant differences. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Eugene Lang College Lib Arts students.


Open to Undergraduate students.