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Methodist women were among the earliest settlers in New Zealand. Many Maori
women have joined them in aroha, finding an expression of their spirituality through the Christian faith.
Out of the Silence tells of the contribution of Methodist women to Church and society over a century and a half. It contains stories of pioneering courage, of women's resourcefulness, and their support for one another. At the same time, it reflects changes in attitudes towards women and the movement towards a greater use of their talents in the wider ministry of the Church.
Ruth Fry has written articles' on the history of Women's education and her book,
It's Different for Daughters, appeared in 1985. As an Anglican, with wide experience in teaching and voluntary work, she brings fresh insights to the neglected history of women's
participation in the Church. This nonpartisan
account will appeal to a wide
readership.