Women and Church, East and West

3 women in traditional religious garb for 2010 Symposium: Women and Church, East and West

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

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.  


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

The Priesthood of All the People of God | Stefanie Yazge

Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church | Kyriaki FitzGerald

Sacred Dwelling: Family Spirituality | Wendy Wright, Creighton University

The Family as Micro-Church | Eve Tibbs, Fuller Theological Seminary

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

Student Panel:

Orthodox and Catholic students discuss their experiences of and opinions on the role of women in their Churches. 


Margaret Trenchard-Smith, Loyola Marymount University

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"