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Fierce Tenderness: A Feminist Theology of Friendship Hardcover – 1 Jan 1991

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Mary E. Hunt is a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), and is active in the women-church movement. She has also written/edited books such as New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views, From Woman Pain to Woman Vision: Writings in Feminist Theology, and A Guide for Women in Religion: Making Your Way from A to Z.

She wrote in the Introduction to this 1991 book, "I envision this book as especially useful to people who want to teach the next generation by example how to love well. It is a kind of feminist theological primer for those who seek new models for ethical reflection... This book is meant as a stimulus for those who hope that such changes portend greater inclusivity, richer community, and deeper self-awareness."

She suggests that women friends know that collective survival and the choices we secure "depend on bonding and on friendly actions for structural change. They do not depend ultimately on sexual preference but on justice-seeking actions." (Pg. 4) She views a woman-identified perspective as "essential to the full exploration of female friendship." (Pg. 16)

She suggests that her choice of women's friendship as "the experiential starting point for a study of feminist theology is linked to the friendship quilts," in which while each woman/quilt is unique, "there is enough overlap in women's experiences to see some similar patterns and to make some ... shared claims." (Pg. 59-60) She acknowledges her debt to Mary Daly (e.g., Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism), but also distinguishes her perspective, as "I favor a more politically explicit agenda." (Pg. 67)

She states that "Friendships reveal something about the divine" (pg. 84), and that "Human community flows from divine inspiration." (Pg. 166)

This is an original and creative perspective from which to view feminist theology, and deserves attention.
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