Dei Profundis was for many years the primary blog of Maria Gwyn McDowell. For the last few years, she has focused on blogging at Women in Theology where you can read her most current contributions to the theological blogosphere. She may, at some point, come back to Dei Profundis. At the moment, it remains available as an archive of interesting conversation.
Friday afternoon was given over to a panel of four women engaging in active service ministries. Ann Campbell runs a St. Nektarios OCF house at the University of Oregon. Over 60% of our youth leave the Orthodox Church when they go to college. Her job, as she says, is to provide a committed faith-home for students, to be a “midwife for Christian adulthood,” helping students transition into a mature, adult faith.
The afternoon (yesterday, I am a bit behind) was opened to comments. Rather than summarize, I am simply going to post peoples (slightly edited and nameless) comments, some of which I found very surprising:
When I graduated from seminary, all of us, men and women, were given a cross as a sign of the Bishop’s blessing to teach. While I preached before receiving the cross, I discovered that wearing the cross makes a difference, it is the indication of an official blessing from the bishop to serve, indicating reciprocity and responsibility. It makes a difference.
I am grouping the next two talks into one post, partly due to time, but mostly because they are thematically related. Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald spoke on the connection between Eve, Mary and Us, emphasizing the blessedness of those who hear the word of God and keep it. Dr.
In the my initial round of questions I noted a number of elements which struck me in the conference description: no use of the word “ordination” or “diaconate” (despite one of the female diaconate’s major proponents offering a plenary address), the consistent and careful pairing of “women” with “lay,” a workshop on the term “helper” in Gen.
Due to the generosity of friends and loved ones who offered time, resources, and encouragement, I am now at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, awaiting the start of the conference “Women Disciples of the Lord.” As one of its organizers, Dr.
The central problem with the magisterial theory of sexual complementarity is not that it asserts that bodies matter, (they do), or its claim that motherhood and fatherhood embody parenthood differently, (they do).
Edit, June 16, 2011: I wrote the post below before I knew I was attending. It serves as a great introduction to my questions, but it is chronologically before all the other posts. Thus the "WDL beta." Yes, I am a tech geek as well as theology nerd.
St. Vladimir's Seminary is devoting its annual summer academic conference to the topic, "Women Disciples of the Lord." It is a fabulous topic and I am impressed that the seminary is making the participation of women in the ministry of the Church the focus of this popular annual conference. The conference looks fascinating, and I regret that I cannot attend except via Podcast (which I hope is made available!). As an academic and theologian who writes extensively on the participation of women in the church, my heart is deeply invested in honoring the gifts and abilities of women so that the church can more fully benefit from their service. I ) have some questions regarding the framing of the conference which I hope will be addressed, either the conference itself or the dialogue which I hope will follow.
Thomas Sunday. So often referred to as Doubting Thomas, as if Thomas’s doubt was an unworthy failure of faith on his part. Fortunately, today’s sermon steered clear of such shoddy interpretation. Even better, some observations were made that I think should be repeated far more often than they are in Orthodox churches.