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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Women in Religious Leadership

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The sixth annual Boisi Center Symposium on Religion and Politics considered the topic of women in religious leadership, with particular attention to issues of ordination. A group of graduate students met six times to discuss the women’s leadership in five major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. 

In addition to discussing relevant readings, the group was honored to have three experts give presentations: Ruth Langer and Catherine Cornille of the BC theology department and Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School Seonjoon Young. Langer offered her knowledge on the issue of women leaders in Judaism. Cornille shared her scholarship and stories of Hindu female gurus. Young was able to offer her experience of her time as a Buddhist monk.