Thursday, October 06, 2005

Women Theological Graduates to Meet

Any thoughts on the article below? I have heard controversial things about Dr. Kyriaki Fitzgerald and her husband regarding not just a "feminine viewpoint" on Orthodoxy, but in changing the Tradition along the lines of the modernists in the West. However, I have have not really seen much about them, or read much of any of their works.

Christopher

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Published by St. Catherine’s Vision, October 3, 2005
Women Theological Graduates to Meet

Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA will be the site of an historic gathering of women graduates of Orthodox theological schools, November 10-13 of this year. For the first time, women graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will meet to discuss the important contributions theologically educated women can make to the Orthodox Church on this continent.

The initiative, called St. Catherine’s Vision, has developed over the past two years through the efforts of a group of dedicated Orthodox women, educated in our theological schools. Many theologically trained women now serve professionally outside the arena of the Church, both in the public and private sectors. Harnessing this largely untapped talent pool, as well as meeting their particular spiritual needs, will be addressed at the Conference/Retreat.

Some women graduates have reported to St .Catherine’s Vision that they are currently involved in a variety of ministries, including teaching, spiritual direction, research, administration, chaplaincy ministries, religious education, outreach, writing, music, pastoral counseling, mission, monasticism, as well as theological and ecumenical dialogues. Sharing these experiences, as well as supporting the desire of women who seek to be actively involved in the life of the Church, is one of the primary goals of the Conference/Retreat. St. Catherine’s Vision is intended as a vehicle to harness the energy, skills and knowledge of not only women graduates but Orthodox women who desire to serve the Church.

Through the generous assistance of a Lilly Foundation Endowment Seed Money grant, the Planning Committee has been strategizing for over three years and since July 2003, has met formally in a series of four-day Planning Retreats. The preliminary focus was on establishing priorities for the upcoming November 2005 Conference/Retreat. Dr. Kyriaki Fitzgerald, a graduate of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, serves as the Planning Committee Chair. Other Planning Committee members, all graduates of Orthodox theological seminaries, represent various Orthodox jurisdictions.

For more information about the November, 2005 Conference/Retreat, including detailed Registration information and the Retreat/Conference schedule, go to the St. Catherine’s Vision website at www.orthodoxwomen.org.

4 Comments:

Blogger aaronandbrighid said...

Mostly just an informative article, but I admit I did cock an eyebrow at 'Harnessing this largely untapped talent pool, as well as meeting their particular spiritual needs'. Is it really right to set out to make sure our 'talent' gets 'tapped'? And do women educated in academic theology really have 'particular spiritual needs' any different from the rest of us? I mean, needs other than repentance, the mysteries of the Church, prayer and worship, ascetic self-denial, etc.

9:56 PM EDT  
Blogger aaronandbrighid said...

After reading the article and submitting my initial comment, I googled 'Kyriaki Fitzgerald' and found this article--http://www.stnina.org/journal/art/3.2.6--in which she seems to stop just short of saying women should be priests and actually does attack the traditions regarding women's menstrual cycles. Generally speaking, I just think she leaves a bitter, dare I say, 'feminist' taste in one's mouth. As long as 'Orthodox woman theologians' are willing to chip away at the Tradition of the Church, I fail to see how they differ from the heterodox feminists.

10:34 PM EDT  
Blogger olympiada said...

I receive their emails, the Orthodox Christian Women's Network, and am an editor for St. Nina Quarterly and am post-modern.
What are you?
I am too poor to go to the conference, otherwise I would be there.

7:58 PM EDT  
Blogger aaronandbrighid said...

Can you clarify what you mean when you say you are 'post-modern'? And when you ask 'What are you?', are you asking Christopher or any of us similarly to place ourselves on the 'pre-modern, modern & post-modern' graph? Just curious...your comment wasn't very clear to me.

9:31 PM EDT  

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