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Women in Religious Leadership

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Women in Religious Leadership

The Boisi Center is pleased to announce its sixth annual student Symposium on Religion and Politics, which provides an opportunity for informal reflection and conversation among graduate students from different disciplines on the relationship between religion and politics. This year's symposium will focus on the topic of women in religious leadership in five major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. 

THE 2015-2016 STUDENT

Women in Religious Leadership

Women are under-represented in leadership positions within the major world religions. What theological and social reasons have led to this situation? What would religion look like if women were better represented in leadership positions? 

To discuss these and related questions, the Boisi Center offers a non-credit graduate symposium on women in religious leadership. In six sessions during the spring semester, the group will discuss the background and current realities of women's leadership in five major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. 

Reading packets will include academic works and contemporary articles on the issue and should take about an hour or two of reading for each session. Symposium participants will lead discussion each week. Food will be provided by the Boisi Center at each session. 

To apply, please submit a brief statement that describes your course of study, relevant experience and your interest in this year's symposium themes to Kyle Logan at Applications are due January 29, 2016.

Reading packets

Introduction: Women as Leaders in Religion

Christianity & the Ordination of Women

Judaism & Women Rabbis

Islam & Female Imams

Buddhism & the Ordination of Women

Women Gurus in Hinduism

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