(Wednesdays: 18 Sept, 1:00-2:15p; 16 Oct, 1:00-2:15p; 13 Nov, 3:00-4:15p, SCR) will be a time for women to see excellence by hearing stories of women who are on staff at St Mary’s. This will be a chance to build community among women at all levels (UG-PGR) as we listen and learn together. There will be time for discussion and for students to ask questions and engage personally. (Note: This is our only women-exclusive event series).
(Wednesdays: 2 Oct and 30 Oct, 1:00-2:15p, SCR) will be a time for any of our women students, especially from the PGR level, to “pitch a concept” to an open group. Ideally, this would be a time for the PGR presenter to work through a term or concept from her thesis in order to strengthen her project. While only women would be presenters, everyone is encouraged to attend this from any level at St Mary’s. If you are a woman studying at the PGR level and want a spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
(Friday, 8 November, from 9:30-11:00 a.m, SCR) with Jan Evans. She is a Baylor University professor of Spanish with theological interests. She will present a short paper and we will then have time for discussion and conversation. Pastries and Zest coffee will be provided.
If you are a woman and an undergraduate Divinity student, we will be providing mentors from the St Mary’s postgraduate research community. If you want to be paired up with someone, please email email@example.com to receive further instructions. See the attached flyer for further details.
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Starting Wednesday, 13 February, 2:30-4:00 in Seminar Room 1. Caron Gentry will be leading us through her book, This American Moment, which is accessible in an e-format through the University library. Her work tackles the interface of theology and action through an evocative engagement with Reinhold Niebuhr’s Christian realism. All are welcome to this 8-week study (concluding 17 April due to Spring Break), but please RSVP by 8 Feb to firstname.lastname@example.org due to space constraints.
“Homiletics Workshop: Interpreting a Biblical Text for Preaching,” Saturday, 2 March, from 9:30-12:30. All are invited to a free workshop as Elizabeth Shively (bio below) speaks on how to interpret a biblical text for preaching. We will meet at St Andrews Episcopal Church and are working to provide childcare. Coffee and tea will be provided. While the workshop will be interactive, no prior experience is necessary. Please RSVP to email@example.com by 25 February and please indicate whether you would need childcare (open to all, not only University students and staff).
Elizabeth Shively learned preaching from Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and later earned a PhD in New Testament with a secondary concentration in Homiletics from Emory University where she studied preaching with Tom Long. She later taught courses in preaching and interpreting biblical narrative for preaching at Candler School of theology. In addition, Dr. Shively served for six years on the pastoral staff of Park Street Church in Boston, where she contributed to the preaching and teaching ministry. Currently, she lectures in New Testament at the University of St Andrews. She attends St Andrews Baptist Church, where she serves on the preaching and worship teams.
“In this Together,” Tuesday, 5 March, 11:00-1:30. We will talk about the specific barriers women face in the Divinity disciplines and how we can all be proactive to see these barriers lifted. This interactive workshop will be lead by Christa McKirland and Karen Kiefer with focus on 1) articulating the unique problems facing the Divinity disciplines regarding women in the Academy 2) proposing empowering solutions for everyone to walk away feeling able to be effective change agents both here and wherever they may go from here. Catered lunch provided through a grant from the Proctor’s office. Please RSVP by 1 March to firstname.lastname@example.org due to space constraints.
“Things Fall Apart: How to Engage with Political Theology in our ‘Dystopian World’?” Logia Workshop Award Winner, Gillian Chu, will present on Tuesday, 23 April, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the SCR. How did you react to the Charlottesville Riots in Virginia? Or the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong? Or the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia? With all the social issues going on, doesn’t it seem like our world is falling apart? How do we critically engage with what is happening around us? Join Gillian Chu, our PGR student from the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics, as we reflect on recent civic actions together! This is designed for up to twelve attendees, so please RSVP to email@example.com in order to confirm your spot. Tea and light refreshments will be provided.
Amy Plantinga Pauw, Tuesday, 7 May, 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. in the SCR.
Lisette van Inwagen, Tuesday, 4 June, 10:00-11:30 in the SCR. She will present “To Forgive–Or Not: Two Narratives,” as we kick off the Logos Conference on Reconciliation.
Amy-Jill Levine, Wednesday, 5 June, 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. in Parliament Hall, will present a paper, “Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism,” moderated by Madhavi Nevader. Following this event will be a Fireside chat in the same location.
Starting Wednesday, 3 October in College Hall (1:00-2:30) we will be reading womanist theologian, Kelly Brown Douglas, and discussing her work Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.
Mentoring for any Honour Divinity undergraduate students (running from Oct-May). Women from across St Mary’s Ph.D. programs have volunteered to be trained and to mentor interested undergraduate Honours students. The main expectation is to meet a minimum of three times with your mentor over the course of the academic year. Please email cm 373 if you want to be assigned a mentor by 1 October.
“What can I do with a Divinity Degree?” Lunch:
Wednesday, 17 October, 12-1, in the SCR. At this time a catered lunch will be offered to provide an overview of the various disciplines you can pursue at St Mary’s, as well as a short talk by a representative from Career Services. She will describe what St Mary’s postgraduates have gone on to do and help thing beyond traditional ways a Divinity degree might be used. Representatives from across St Mary’s have been asked to provide a brief overview of their disciplines.
Friday, 9 November, 1:00-2:30, SCR. Dr. Patricia Kelly will share her story as a woman in the theological academy as well as leave time for questions in an informal discussion.