That is not my experience of Scotswomen! As a mature student (graduated BD
in 1997 and MtH in 1999) - well one of the younger ones - I'm only 51 - I
studied with women of 60+ who had no problem having a voice unlike the
younger men who tried to usurp them.
One of my friends graduted aged 70 then went on to do another degree and is
still studying as well as working as a chaplain. I also have friends who
are now working in the ministry some are not yet 60 but they might be useful
contacts for you. Let me know if you are interested in meeting them.
I also know many women religious who come into your age category.
>From: Mo McElroy <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Forum for the discussion of gender related to the study and
> practice of religion <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: getting through at last
>Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 15:49:39 +0000
>I have been watching this list since the beginning because, although I
>thought I had joined I could not get the system to recognise me and let me
>post! Now it is all sorted out with my server I can put in my tuppence
>worth. I am a research student.
>My funding is to look at Spirituality, Religion and Successful Ageing.
>Since this is an enormous area, I have found myself concentrating more on
>the experiences of women who are 60 years old, and trying to find out if a
>sense of the spiritual, a faith system, or a religious practice has helped
>them cope with life in general, and problems in particular.
>The biggest challenge I seem to be facing is in finding some way of
>facilitating my ladies to speak about something they have never really
>thought about. They just don't seem to have the words! This may be a
>cultural thing - Scots can be very reticent about private feelings and
>ideas, but I would love to hear what the listmembers have to say.
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