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Erschließung der Erfahrung von Frauen und die Entdeckung neuer theologischer Kategegorien

Stephanie Klein
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 3 | a675 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i3.675 | © 2003 Stephanie Klein | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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Stephanie Klein, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Unlocking women’s experience and discovering new theological categories

One of the most central issues in a feminist practical theology is that of the experience of women. This issue raises the questions of how this experience can be accessed and in what manner ways or methods can be found by means of which women’s experience can be adequately ar-ticulated. Without such articulation, reflection on women’s experience would not be possible. This article indicates the theological meaning of an adequate recollection and articulation of women’s experiences. It discusses the work of the North-American theologian, Nelle Morton whose method of hearing to speech has opened up a safe space for women in which to recall and recount their experiences. The article concludes that hearing to speech as a method for unlocking women’s experience can be useful to the feminist theological discus-sion. It also indicates how reflection on the specific experiences of women can con-tribute to theological insight and theories. Another ver-sion of this ar-ticle was published in Meyer-Wilmes, H, Troch, L & Bons-Storm, R (eds) 1998, Feminist perspectives in Pastoral Theology, 47-71. Mainz: Grüne-wald, Leuven: Peeters (Yearbook of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 6.)


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