Maude Royden: preacher of peace in conflict and war

Methuen, C. (2018) Maude Royden: preacher of peace in conflict and war. Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte, 31(1), pp. 58-80. (doi: 10.13109/kize.2018.31.1.58)

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Maude Royden (1876-1956) was a passionate campaigner for women’s suffrage, an opponent of the militancy of the suffragettes, who from 1914 became a passionate campaigner for peace, an opponent of the war. Considering the arguments offered in her preaching and a selection of her writings – the pre-War “May Mission Speeches” (1913), a pro-peace pamphlet The Great Adventure (1915), a reflection “War and the Women’s Movement” (1916) and her post war sermon to the meeting of the International Women’s Suffrage Alliance in Geneva (1920) – this paper explores the way in which her response to the war was informed by her faith and by her efforts for women’s suffrage. For Royden, suffrage and pacifism were intimately related, as she argued in 1916, “every woman who is working for the advance of the Women’s Movement is, however martial she is herself, however profoundly she may mistake the meaning and the foundation of her work, working against militarism.” Her sermons at the City Temple, however, show her to have been a profoundly pastoral preacher, conscious of, and responding to, the difficulties caused by the war even to those who supported it.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Methuen, Professor Charlotte
Authors: Methuen, C.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte
Publisher:Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
666621Voices of War and Peace - the Great War and its LegacyCharlotte MethuenArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L008149/1CRIT - THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES