Sanctified Sisters: A History of Protestant Deaconesses
Jenny Wiley Legath, Center for the Study of Religion; Kali Handelman, New York University
October 17, 2019 · 6:00 pm—7:30 pm EDT · Labyrinth Books
In the late nineteenth century, a new movement arose within American Protestant Christianity. Unsalaried groups of women began living together, wearing plain dress, and taking up nursing, teaching, and other works of welfare. Modeled after the lifestyles of Catholic nuns, these women became America’s first deaconesses. We invite you to a conversation about an important movement within female religious activism.