Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Dr. Leah Payne
Families are changing. The white picket fence nuclear family with a mother, father, 2.2 kids and a dog is no longer the norm for American society. Families look less and less like “traditional families.” Blended families, children born out of wedlock, cohabitation, step-families, multigenerational families, adopted children, single parent families, foster parents, and homosexual partners raising children are all part of the fabric of society. Society has changed so much that, as feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether points out, “it is no longer possible to speak of one predominant “normative” model of family.”
Townes, Stephanie, "Towards a Theology of the Single Mother" (2017). Seminary Masters Theses. 26.