As Sisters in Zion: New Series

20 Feb

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Scholaristas are launching a new series, and we would like your help, dear reader. Let us explain.

Zion is an ideal that exists in a variety of religious traditions and that manifests itself culturally and materially. The Mormon incarnation of this concept appeared, among other things, as an anthem calling for women of Zion to band together as sisters to build up the kingdom, to uplift the poor, to pull together with God’s blessing upon their labors.

Building Zion is an ecumenical project, one that reaches across denominational boundaries and disparate experiences. Hopefully Zion will be a place where the voices and religious experiences of women are taken seriously. The feminist movement in the bloggernacle is certainly geared toward this project, but sometimes the conversation can become too much about what goes on within Mormon minds and hearts and walls and not enough about how Mormons are interacting with their brothers and sisters without.

This series will consist of reviews of spiritual or religious autobiographies/memoirs/biographies about women of different faiths. How do these women describe their experiences? What are their narrative priorities? Where do they fit within the history of their own traditions? Do they have a feminist agenda?

We would like to open the series up to you, dear readers. If you are interested in participating, in writing a review for us, please comment below or send an email to with the recommended text and we’ll see if we can fit you in.



2 Responses to “As Sisters in Zion: New Series”

  1. ladyelocutionist February 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to write a li’l piece for my blog on Anna Mowatt’s writings about mesmerism in her Autobiography of an Actress. And so…I’ll be taking some inspiration from your call to review women’s accounts of their spirituality. Looking forward to reading more on here!

  2. ep March 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Neat! Your blog looks so great. I can’t wait to follow it as well! Maybe we could cross-post your review here?…

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