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No Silent WitnessThe Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World$
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Cynthia Tucker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390209.001.0001

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Talking Back and Taking Flight

Talking Back and Taking Flight

(p.151) 7 Talking Back and Taking Flight
No Silent Witness

Cynthia Grant Tucker (Contributor Webpage)

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By 1915, the half‐empty pews in the Portland church are a miniature of the big institutional picture. Efforts to bring in more men have had little effect, and many women have left for more empowering alternatives: Christian Science, which offers the power to heal and the chance to lead Sunday services; the Post Office Mission, where letter‐writing allows them to preach and interpret their faith for appreciative audiences; and for those who aspire to pulpits but find them off limits, the suffrage crusade, which gives them a platform to lift up their gospel and prayers. Even ladies who distance themselves from political action eventually stage a revolt when it comes out that two of the men who have managed the funds of their pet philanthropy, The Home, have stolen vast sums. Converted, the women rewrite the bylaws, creating an all‐female board of trustees.

Keywords:   empty pews, Christian Science, Post Office Mission, suffrage crusade, The Home, pet philanthropy, revolt—all, female board

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