'Equal in God's sight but not in man's'?: women and the Christian church in the 19th century

Course Dates: 09/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Peter Street

Women were the mainstay of the Christian Church. But denominations’ attitudes towards them varied notably regarding home/overseas mission and fears of ‘feminisation’. They were also divided over women’s demands for higher education and the franchise.


What is the course about?

The Christian Church in 19th century Britain was active both at home and overseas with women as its main support. But, as explored in the course, denominations responded differently over the part that women might play in Church life and mission. The Salvation Army championed the full participation of women whilst others, notably the Anglican Church, were anxious over what was perceived as the increasing feminisation of the Church. The Anglican Church was also divided over the re-establishment of female religious orders or bestowing any special spiritual status upon women. Also covered is the debate within the Christian Church over how and why women should be educated as well as whether (and if so which) women should have the right to vote in national elections.

What will we cover?

(In outline) Christian mainstream and minority presence in 19th century Britain
Women, the Church and beyond: traditional teaching and acceptable roles
Women and home/overseas mission
New voices, new ways and new demands from within the Christian Church, 1850s-1914
The Church and wider women’s issues, notably access to (higher) education and the right to vote.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Christian mainstream and minority presence in 19th century Britain; what constituted traditional Christian teaching and acceptable roles for women in relation to the Church, family and society; the role that women played in home and overseas mission; the emergence of Anglican religious orders and the creation of the female deaconate. The Church’s response to such wider women’s issues as access to (higher) education and the right to vote.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course. No previous knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in Peter Street's next religion and belief courses - Free thinking: the atheist mission in 19th century Britain (HRS10) and 'In pursuit of peace': women and the peace movement in Britain from the Crimean War to Greenham Common (HRS12).

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Book your place

Course Code: HRS23

Sat, day, 09 Nov - 09 Nov '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £23.00
Concession: £15.00

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