FROM PRIVATE STRUGGLE TO PUBLIC THOUGHT
A feminist scholar discovers her authentic call
To be more and more fully alive, aware and committed, this is surely the meaning of a journey of faith. But this must mean that we are always reassessing and re-appropriating the past--our own past experiences and reflections--in the light of new challenges. A side journey in our spiritual progress, one temporarily shelved, might suddenly become urgent again. In the light of new cultural demands, one might have to look again at some apparently closed question from one's past to see what is usable. . . . There is a hermeneutic circle with our own past experiences and thoughts, just as with the historical past. What our past means at any given time is always conditioned by the present questions that we bring to it. . . .
from Disputed Questions: On Being a Christian (Abingdon, Nashville, 1989, p. 14).
It is not surprising that as I personally began to move from private struggle to public thought, one of the first areas I chose to write in
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Publication information: Book title: Selving:Linking Work to Spirituality. Contributors: William Cleary - Editor. Publisher: Marquette University Press. Place of publication: Milwaukee, WI. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 32.
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