I attended the workshop “Women in Worship” with high hopes. The topic was women in worship. Not women outside of worship, not women in ministry in general, but in worship. When Orthodox say “worship,” we mean “liturgy.” This was the only session on the issue of the liturgical participation of women in ministry. It should have been quite good, given that women are participating in liturgy with increasing frequency (though still with painful slowness). What an opportunity to hear reflections on this change, the struggles which remain, and encouragement to creatively persist. The vast majority of the opening presentation however, said nothing about women in worship.
WDL 6: Sr. Cecelia Harvey, Sermon for Saturday Matins mariagwyn Tue, 06/21/2011 - 19:45
Our Lady of the Sign,
Sr. Cecelia Harvey
Our Lady of the Sign,
Communities of New Skete
Homily for June 18th Ro 1:7-12, Mt. 5:42-48
WDL 9: Reflections of a 'dedicated listener' mariagwyn Mon, 06/20/2011 - 20:45
Before the conference, I was asked to be a “dedicated listener,” sharing my reflections in our final session together. This is, for the most part, what I said, minus ad lib and tears:
The question with which I entered this conference, is how do we have this conversation? I ask this because, as we have seen over the last few days, there is a wide range of thought, comfort, emotion and opinion on this issue. Since it is apparently my call to ask questions, often uncomfortable ones, I would like to present questions which I hope reflect what was said, not simply what I heard.
WDL 7.2: Jenny Mosher, 'Women, Children and Theology' mariagwyn Mon, 06/20/2011 - 20:41
Jenny Mosher gave an excellent presentation on her developing theology of childhood.
WDL 6: Women in real, live, ministry mariagwyn Mon, 06/20/2011 - 20:34
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.
WDL 5: A surprising turn of conversation... mariagwyn Sat, 06/18/2011 - 10:35
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.
WDL 5.5: The Diaconate mariagwyn Fri, 06/17/2011 - 11:55Subscribe to WDL
It took until almost 3:00 pm for the word diaconate to even be mentioned. Sarah Byrne did it. God bless her and keep her.