Academic Programs 

Women’s Leadership and Spirituality    (WS-553)
Fall 2006

A year-long six credit course in leadership and applied spirituality rooted in women’s experience and from a feminist perspective that meets monthly from September through May and requires a separate admissions process. Prerequisite: enrollment in the Women’s Leadership Institute.


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 29-30; October 27-28; November 17-18; December 15-16

Miriam Therese Winter
Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9558


Course Syllabus


September 29-30 September
Seminar / “Beginnings”
No assigned reading

October 27-28 October
Seminar / “Spirit and Spirituality”
Reading (all): Winter, The Singer and the Song Reading (credit): Eisler, The Chalice and the Blade

November 17-18 November
Seminar / “Women of Spirit”
Reading (all): Anderson, Feminine Face of God
Prison visit creative responses shared
December 15-16 December Seminar / “Embodiment of Spirit”
Reading (all): Borysenko, Woman’s Book of Life Reading (credit): Redmond, Drummers Were Women
January 26-27 January Seminar / “Women and Sacred Scripture”
Reading (all): Chittester, The Story of Ruth

February 23-24 February
Seminar / “In Our Own Voices”
Reading (all): Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Reading (all): Book of choice (one of three)

March 23-24 March
Seminar / “Ways Women Lead”
Reading (all): McKenzie, Not Without a Struggle
Reading (credit): Lee, Women’s Sermons
April 27-28 April Seminar / “Spiritlinking Leadership”
Reading (all): Markham, “Spiritlinking Leadership”
Reading (credit): Hunt, Faith and Feminism
Projects due / Results shared in seminar session

May 18-19 May
Seminar / “Into the Future”
Reading (all): Wheatley, Leadership…New Science

WLI Team:
Deborah Thompson, Coordinator
Miriam Therese Winter, Director, Core Faculty

Visiting Faculty:
Barbara Essex
Judy Fentress-Williams
Jan Gregory
Ingrid Mattson
Mellonee Pauley, September 2006 - May 2007

Reading List
Assigned Reading for all WLI participants

Anderson, Sherry Ruth and Hopkins, Patricia. The Feminine Face of God. The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.

Borysenko, Joan. A Woman’s Book of Life. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996.

Chittester, Joan. The Story of Ruth. Twelve Moments in Every Woman’s Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2000.

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola. “The Lantern of the Soul.” Earthlight, vol. 13 (Spring 2003), p. 6.

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. A Novel. Penguin Books, 2002.

Markham, Donna. “Spiritlinking Leadership.” In Human Development XV (Fall 1994), pp. 5-9.

McKenzie, Vashti. Not Without a Struggle. Cleveland: United Church Press, 1992.

Wheatley, Margaret J. Leadership and the New Science. Learning About Organization from an Orderly Universe. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1994.

Winter, Miriam Therese. The Singer and the Song. An Autobiography of the Spirit. NY: Orbis Books, 1999.

Additional Reading for those taking WLI for credit

Eisler, Riane. The Chalice and the Blade. Our History, Our Future. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.

Hancock, E. Lee, ed. The Book of Women’s Sermons. Hearing God in Each Other’s Voices. New York: Riverhead Books, 1999.

Hunt, LaKelly Hunt. Faith and Feminism. A Holy Alliance. New York: Atria Books, 2004.

Redmond, Layne. When the Drummers Were Women. A Spiritual History of Women. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1997.

All WLI participants choose one book from the following titles
Ahmed, Leila. A Border Passage. From Cairo to America – A Woman’s Journey. New York: Penguin, 1999

David-Neel, Alexandra. My Journey to Lhasa. New York: Harper Perennial, 2005.

Nomani, Asra Q. Standing Alone. An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam. HarperSanFrancisco 2005.

Please note:
– There is no assigned reading for the first session (September 29-30) –
– The articles by Clarissa Estes and Donna Markham will be given to you at the first session –
– Credit students will get a free copy of the book of sermons (Lee Hancock)…others may request it –
– The seminary bookstore will have a supply of the above books shortly –

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