2010 Symposium: Women and Church, East and West

2010 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium

Women and Church, East and West: A Catholic-Orthodox Conversation 
Loyola Marymount University
March 5-6, 2010

The role and experience of women in the contemporary Orthodox and Catholic Churches was the focus of the 2010 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium. Orthodox and Catholic women and men—theologians, mothers, fathers, wives and husbands, clergy and lay discussed the gifts women have to bring to the table of ecumenism.  

Schedule of Events: 

Friday March 5 

9:15 am | Breakfast and Registration

9:45 am | Welcome: Father Robert B. Lawton, S.J., President, Loyola Marymount University.   

10:00 am | Session 1
Orthodox Theologies of Women and Ordained Ministry | Valerie Karras, Southern Methodist University
Black, Womanist, Religious: Coming to Voice in Theology's Sacred Space | LaReine-Marie Mosely, S.N.D, Loyola University, Chicago
In Search of Catholic feminism for the 21st century: Resources from Asian Religious Traditions | Tracy Tiemeier, Loyola Marymount University

12:00 pm | Lunch

1:30 pm | Session 2
The Priesthood of All the People of God | Stefanie Yazge
Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church | Kyriaki FitzGerald

3:30 pm | Reception

Saturday March 6

9:15 am | Breakfast and Registration

10:00 am | Session 3
Sacred Dwelling: Family Spirituality | Wendy Wright, Creighton University
The Family as Micro-Church | Eve Tibbs, Fuller Theological Seminary

12:00 pm | Lunch

1:30 pm | Session 4 

Student Panel : Orthodox and Catholic students discuss their experiences of and opinions on the role of women in their Churches.
Moderator: Margaret Trenchard-Smith, Loyola Marymount University\

2:30 pm | Coffee

3:00 pm | Session 5
The Logic of the Gift: Clare of Assis and Franciscan Evangelical Life | Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J, Loyola Marymount University
Virtuous Icons: Unique Persons or Gendered Stereotypes? | Maria Gwyn McDowell, Boston College
The Mother of God in the Writings of St. Mother Maria Skobtsova | Helen Theodoropoulos

4:30 pm | Closing remarks

Student Essay Competition Winners

Undergraduate winner:
Christina Llanes, "Family as Micro-Church: Therese of Lisieux and Mother Maria Skobtsova" 

Graduate winners:
Hayden Brandon: "Remember Esther: A Voice From the Margins" ‌‌‌
Magali del Bueno Riancho: "Hispanic Women, Mestizaje, and the Church in the 21st Century"  

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