March 18, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 13

Conference Will Explore Women's Role in the Church

The past and future of women in the Catholic Church will be the topic of a two-day conference to be held later this month at Boston College as part of the University's Church in the 21st Century initiative.

"Envisioning the Church Women Want," which takes place April 16-17, will bring together Catholics of diverse experiences, interests and ages - artists, educators, activists and those whose ministries are in families - to reflect on, discuss and celebrate the role of women in the Catholic Church.

The conference will feature keynote speeches by three prominent scholars in Catholic theology: Drew University Professor of Ethics and Theology Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, who studies the expression of faith among Latinas; Fordham University Distinguished Professor of Theology Sister Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, author of Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints; and composer and singer Sister Miriam Therese Winter, a professor at Hartford Seminary and director of the Women's Leadership Institute.

A series of workshops directed by academic and religious experts, including some from Boston College, will examine major issues of interest and concern to the Catholic Church from a women's perspective. Among the topics will be "Spirituality and Justice: The Heart of a Lived Faith," "Women Writing Church Into Story," "Catholics on Campus: Young Adult Perspectives on Church" and "Is the Church Women Want the Church Men Want Too?"

BC workshop leaders will include: Prof. Thomas Groome (Theology), director of the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry; Joseph Visiting Professor of Catholic Theology M. Shawn Copeland; Newton College Alumnae Professor in Western Culture Judith Wilt; Theology faculty members Prof. Pheme Perkins and Adj. Asst. Prof. Colleen Griffith; and Campus Minister Dan Leahy.

The registration fee is $40, $15 for students. For more information, call ext.2-0470 or browse the conference web site.

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