|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
Arranged in 10 Series: Educational and Biographical, 1927-2013; 2. Correspondence, 1950-2012; 3. Teaching, 1952-2004; 4. UTS Administration and Events[196?]-2008; 5. Sermons and Addresses, 1965-2011; 6. Writings, 1959-2009; 7. Professional Associations and Conferences, 1961-2009; 8. Subject Files, 1970s-1990s; 9. Photographs[195?-200?]; 10. General, 1970s - 2012.
This collection consists of lectures, notes, course materials and correspondence related to teaching, research notes and manuscripts on the topics of feminism and womanism, sexual and economic ethics, liberalism and church and society. Included are materials from Harrisons participation in the American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics and personal correspondence with former students, colleagues and family members. The collection also includes materials related to her retirement in Redbud Spring, North Carolina, photographs and memorabilia.
Part of Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship Collection
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History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Beverly Harrison was the first Caroline Williams Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary inaugurated in 1986. Her inaugural lecture, The Power of Anger in the Work of Love, became a touchstone for womens groups around the world, and is now considered a classic work in Christian ethics. She is known as the Mother of Christian Feminist Social Ethics. Following her Masters in Religious Education at Union, she worked as a Presbyterian University Pastor, returning to Union to complete her PhD in Christian Social Ethics in 1975. First as instructor and later as Professor her courses covered the wide range of Niebuhrian ethics, feminist social theory, sexuality, economic ethics, liberation theology and women's justice issues. She was the first woman to be elected as President of the Society of Christian Ethics in 1983.