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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Originally published in OCL’s “THE FORUM,” Summer-Autumn 1993. WOMEN’S ROLE IN THE CHURCH – THE RESTORATION OF THE DIACONATE Women in the church is not one issue but is a topic comprised of many facets. Let us begin with women in the New Testament and Early Church and proceed to their role as saints and their service in the women’s diaconate. Women were the first to hear of Christ’s Resurrection, and these women disciples were told to “go and proclaim” the Resurrection. Christ first identified Himself to the Woman of Samaria. She is known as Photine, the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative Listen Now Although women are not ordained in the Orthodox Church, many of them are hearkening God’s call to serve – as chaplains, scholars, diplomats, mothers, teachers, leaders of parish boards and ministries, and in many other roles. Dr. Patricia Fann Bouteneff, founder of Axia Women, shares in this episode what they are learning about parish support of women across the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox traditions. Recalling the Myrrh Bearing Women, they strive to care for the body of Christ and receive and proclaim the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection. Learn more about Axia Women at https://www.axiawomen.org/…

Source: The Wall Street Journal Disagreements over same-sex relationships and the role of women are heightening tensions among Catholics worldwide. By Francis X. Rocca German Catholics have been meeting since last year to consider major changes to church life, including the blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of women—moves that many see as essential reforms after the clerical sex-abuse crisis. But the effort has drawn fierce criticism. Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne, leader of the conservative minority of German bishops, has warned that the process could lead to a schism and even “a German national church.” His warnings have been…

Source: Centre for Applied Theology A Discussion on Women in the Church with Dr. Elena Narinskaya, Dr. Mary Cunningham, Rev. Dr. Gabrielle Thomas, and Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost at the Centre for Applied Theology, April 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm EDT (19:00 London Time). Below is the zoom link for those who can join in on this very interesting & stimulating topic at a deeper level! Those of us who have been studying and discussing this book, this should be indeed a great opportunity to hear a discussion from 4 article authors themselves. For those who have not yet participated…

Source: Orthodox Christian Studies Center – Fordham University Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – 4 p.m. Online Webinar via Zoom (Link to be sent 1-2 days prior) The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University is delighted to present the sixth episode of its webinar series highlighting the scholarly insights and academic careers of female scholars whose research and writing explore some facet of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity. The broadcast will be live-streamed and open to all who have pre-registered. The event will include some time for live audience questions. For those who miss the live event,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Studies Center – Fordham University Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – 4 p.m. Online Webinar via Zoom (Link to be sent 1-2 days prior) The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University is delighted to present the sixth episode of its webinar series highlighting the scholarly insights and academic careers of female scholars whose research and writing explore some facet of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity. The broadcast will be live-streamed and open to all who have pre-registered. The event will include some time for live audience questions. For those who miss the live event, the Center…

Source: The National Herald Our Greek Orthodox bishops who stumbled through incident after incident in their handling of sex abuse occurrences should come together, and along with the newly installed AB Elpidophoros, strengthen the sex protocol already previously established. Would they dare not to invite strong-voiced faithful, women and men, to such a meeting? Would not the meeting and the resulting document be immeasurably improved?  This thought is highly unlikely to be considered, as it would be affront to the “God”-given power of the Bishops. Orthodox Christian women are orphans. They have no allies. Oh sure, there is the successful…

Source: OCP Media Network For summertime reflection, we are pleased to offer three Orthodox resources engaging a wide range of topics related to the contributions of women in the life of the Church. First of all, we are delighted to launch our third volume in our Encountering Women of Faith, book series! With much information publicly appearing in English for the first time, this book is written with spiritual seekers and scholars in mind. Volume III offers much for those desiring to learn more about our mothers and sisters in Christ. Attached is our Volume III public announcement flyer.  Please, help us by downloading it…

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Nadieszda Kizenko Dr. Katherine Kelaidis recently published a piece in this forum on ‘Headscarves, Modesty, and Modern Orthodoxy.’ The article, a loving homage to Kelaidis’s grandmother, aunts, and mother, describes the pressures faced by Greek immigrant women of the American Mountain West two generations ago, by contemporary Muslim women, and by Orthodox women under Ottoman rule. Acknowledging head covering as a historical code for women’s modesty and chastity—shared, one might point out, by Orthodox Jews, African American ‘church ladies,’ Roman Catholics before Vatican II, and Episcopalians before the social changes of the 1960s—the author then makes two unexpected turns.…

Source: St. Catherine’s Vision In cooperation with the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission, Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV) recently developed and inaugurated a Survey for Orthodox Christian Faithful.  The survey sought participants’ input regarding “Challenges and Opportunities of the Role of Women in the Church” for the Consultation on “Ecumenical Perspectives on the Role of Women in the Churches,” held at the Monastery of Bose in Mangano, Italy on October 3-7, 2017. Please CLICK HERE for a report of the results. We pray these findings will be helpful toward the discernment of future initiatives for the sake of “building up the body of Christ”…

Source: Ekklesia A consultation with the theme ‘Ecumenical Perspective on the Role of Women in the Churches’ brought together 28 women and men to the Monastero di Bose in northern Italy from 3-7 October 2017. Participants came from major Christian traditions including Anglican, Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Orthodox (Eastern and Oriental), Pentecostal, Reformed and Roman Catholic.  There were also representatives of regional ecumenical organisations including the All Africa Conference of Churches, Caribbean Conference of Churches, Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias, Middle East Council of Churches, National Council of Churches in India, and Conference of European Churches. The event…

Source: Saint Catherine’s Vision Saint Catherine’s Vision is pleased to announce its Executive Director, Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, has been invited to serve as a representative of the Orthodox Church at an international conference hosted by the World Council of Churches: “Consultation on the Role of Women in the Churches” to be held October 3-7th, 2017 at the Monastery of Bose, in Bose, Italy. Dr. Fitzgerald will speak on the “Challenges and Opportunities of the Role of Women in the Church from a Theological Perspective”. This international conference (and certainly, Dr. FitzGerald’s topic) is of extraordinary significance.  Its impact depends…

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