Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Theology of Bread and Roses: A Feminist Relational Theology Embracing Women’s Social Movements as Divine In-Breaking
by Fernandez, Jennifer , Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2020, 182; 28149210
Abstract (Summary)

A work of constructive theology, this dissertation ties Jacques Derrida’s proposal of the Divine In-breaking with the repetitious character of women’s movements to outline a feminist perspective on divine incarnation–one which views God at work in the world through the expression of relationality found in women’s movements. Offering radical critique to kyriarchal systems, regular and repeated feminist uprisings interrupt ongoing patriarchal domination by calling out injustice in the fight for gender parity. In so doing, women’s movements call us back to a holy understanding of just relationality that is deeply personal, communal, and creative. Looking to Audre Lorde’s description of the erotic, I propose that women’s movements live in and out of erotic potency which unites all beings, loves all genders, and which acknowledges the depth of women’s experiences and feelings and which above all, understands the interrelated absolute dependence of all things. This project bridges transcendence and immanence to propose the possibility of a God who is both transcendently creative and active, and immanently feminine and feminist.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Jay Emerson
Commitee: Lettini, Gabriella, MacKendrick, Karmen
School: Graduate Theological Union
Department: Theology and Ethics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology, Philosophy, Womens studies
Keywords: Constructive theology, Feminist movement, Feminist uprising, Jacques Derrida, Relational theology, Women's social movements
Publication Number: 28149210
ISBN: 9798678110503
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