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Women in Orthodoxy, Past & Present: A Conference #292315 06/19/08 04:47 PM
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Women in Orthodoxy, Past & Present: A Conference for Women of All Ages

Organized with the blessing of Bishop Gabriel (Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia)

Dates: June 20-22, 2008

Location: Church of the Intercession, 14 Alvin Street, Glen Cove, NY 11542
E-mail: OrthodoxWomensConference@gmail.com
Phone: 703-405-5064

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, June 20

11:30-12:30 Registration/Lunch
12:30-1:00 Greeting and Opening Prayer

1:00-2:00 “The Mother of God & Orthodox Women in Prerevolutionary Russia” - Professor Vera Shevzov

2:15-3:00 “Being a Female Member of the Orthodox Church” - Professor Marina Ledkovsky

3:15-3:45 “St. Kassia the Nun: Activist, Poetess, Hymnographer, & A Woman Ahead of Her Time” - Women’s Choir Director Eugenia Temidis

3:45-5:00 “A Woman’s Life in the Church Today” - Panel discussion

5:00-6:00 Break and/or Choir Rehearsal
6:00-7:30 Dinner
7:30-10:00 Evening social event

Saturday, June 21

8:00-8:20 Morning Prayers
8:20-9:00 Breakfast, Announcements, Registration

9:00-10:15 “Orthodox Women at Church in Byzantium: Glimpses of a Lost World” - Father Robert Taft

10:30-11:45 “What is Ritual Im/Purity and Why” - Sister Vassa Larin

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 “Orthodox Women & Their Confessors in the Russian Empire, 1700-2000” - Professor Nadieszda Kizenko

2:45-3:30 “Russian Orthodox Women & Social Work” - Natalia Ermolaev

3:45-4:45 Panel Discussion / Q & A
4:45-6:00 Break / Dinner
6:00 pm Vigil

Sunday, June 22

10:00 am Liturgy

For more information, consult the brochure.



Re: Women in Orthodoxy, Past & Present: A Conference [Re: Orthodox in Kansas] #292336 06/19/08 08:53 PM
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Sounds interesting with some excellent scholars. I just hope the proceedings are published or available in pdf form on the itnernet.

Re: Women in Orthodoxy, Past & Present: A Conference [Re: Orthodox in Kansas] #292344 06/19/08 10:13 PM
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To brag a little: This Conference was conceived and organised by my daughter, Katharine Straut, who will have her 21st birthday tomorrow, the opening day of the Conference. I'm a very proud Papa. Katharine, the third of our five children, will be beginning her Senior Year at the College of New Jersey in the Fall and is working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Fr David Straut

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Congratulations Father David. You have reason to be proud. I am also pleased to see Fr Taft included in the roster of speakers. 20 years ago, this would have been unthinkable.

Alexandr

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I am posting this announcement of a Women's Conference held in Greece:
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http://www.earnedmedia.org/wcc0626.htm

Orthodox Women: Church Participation Improved but Concerns Remain
MEDIA ADVISORY, June 26 /Standard Newswire/ -- Over the last decade, Orthodox women reached significant milestones regarding their participation in church life, but many of their concerns have not yet been fully addressed, an international gathering of Orthodox women stated.

A long decade has past since the last inter-Orthodox women's
consultation took place in Istanbul, Turkey in 1997. In the
intervening years, the participation of Orthodox women in the life of the church has improved. Significant milestones range from the recognition of women's issues by church structures to women's participation in some church ministries and decision-making processes.

Many of the concerns of women, however, have not yet been fully
addressed within the life of the church. A list of them includes:
. access to and funding for theological studies and subsequent
employment opportunities within the church; supporting and equipping women for pastoral care and other church ministries; participation in church decision-making processes; taking a new look at prayers and practices associated with women's biology.

These were amongst the main findings of a five-day long consultation, which brought together some 45 women from Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and North America. Meeting from 8-12 June in Volos, Greece, they discussed the participation, ministry and concerns of Orthodox women in the church and in the ecumenical movement.

Participants at the consultation recommended undertaking a full
assessment of the current situation and needs of Orthodox women, given the many changes that have taken place over the last decade, as well as the development of a framework for future action. "We see the need to identify, together with our church leadership, the ways and instruments to implement decisions and recommendations of women's consultations in our churches", the participants stated in a report on the deliberations.

The consultation took place at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies and was sponsored by the World Council of Churches Programme for Women in Church and Society and hosted by the Diocese of Dimitrias.

Full text of the Report of the Inter-Orthodox Consultation
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?id=6054

WCC Programme for Women in Church and Society
http://www.oikoumene.org/en/program...century/women-in-church-and-society.html

Diocese of Dimitrias, Church of Greece (in Greek)
http://www.imd.gr/main/index.php

Volos Academy for Theological Studies (in Greek)
http://www.acadimia.gr/index.php?lang=el



Here is a summary of the proceedings:
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Volos, Greece, 8-12 June 2008

1. We offer thanks and glory to God for the inter-Orthodox
consultation: "And many women were there (Mt. 27, 55)…Participation of Orthodox Women in the Ecumenical Movement: Past, Present, Future" held on 8-12 June 2008 at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Greece. The meeting was sponsored by the Programme for Women in Church and Society of the World Council of Churches and hosted by the Diocese of Dimitrias. The participants were welcomed by His Eminence
Ignatios, Metropolitan of Dimitrias and Almyros. Forty-five women from Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and North America, discussed the participation, ministry and concerns of Orthodox women in the Church and in the Ecumenical Movement. Prominent women theologians and scholars offered a review of the history of the various meetings and consultations and of the major concerns expressed by Orthodox women over the past
decades to promote women's participation in the various spheres of Church life: liturgical, ministe­rial, and administrative. Particular attention was given to the assessment of the present situa­tion of women in their respective Orthodox Church communities and ecumenical
bodies.

2. The participants noted the important role that the WCC has played throughout the sixty years of its existence in promoting the concerns of women of all the member churches, including sponsoring consultations for Orthodox women. Many of these consultations held over the past thirty years were also supported by the leadership of the various Orthodox Churches, e.g. Agapia, Romania (1976); Rhodes, Greece (1988); Crete, Greece (1990); Damascus, Syria (1996); and Istanbul, Turkey (1997). At these consultations a number of important
concerns relevant to the life of women in the Church were expressed.
We understand that the statements from these meetings represented the consensus of all the participants and summarized what they felt to be the important issues facing women in the Church.

3. The participants noted with thanksgiving that the situation for Orthodox women in some contexts had reached significant milestones by the grace of God, including establishing a Special Synodical Commission on Women's Issues (Church of Greece), approving changes in language of occasional prayers concerning women (Holy Synod of Antioch), the blessing of deaconesses for ministry (Coptic Orthodox Church), participating in the decision making process at the parish
and church level and serving as readers and choir leaders (Finland).

4. However, many of the concerns of women have not yet been fully addressed within the life of the Church and are still relevant today.
For instance:
. a need for better access to and funding for Orthodox women to study theology and then, if desired, to have the opportunity for employment within the Church

. a need to support pastoral care ministries by Orthodox women and to others (e.g. hospice, hospital, nursing home, prison and other institutional, community and military chaplaincies) and equip women for this ministry

. a need for women to be included in decision making processes in the administrative bodies of their churches

. a need to address the understanding of women's biology and the dignity of women, including the prayers and practices associated with women's menstrual cycle, childbirth, 40-day churching, miscarriages, etc.

. a yearning for women to be admitted into the "minor orders" (e.g. altar server, blessed reader, chanter, etc.) and newer ministries (e.g. preacher) to more fully serve within the liturgical assembly and other ministries and to better serve the needs of women and men in the Church

. a holy desire for the restoration of the order of Deaconess and a rejuvenation of all diaconal work

5. Since the last inter-Orthodox women's consultation in Istanbul, Turkey in 1997, many changes have taken place, both globally and locally in the Orthodox Churches and their respective countries.
Therefore, we feel a full assessment of the current situation and needs of Orthodox women is required as well as development of a framework for future action in order to identify areas of common concern as well as differences and to provide an overview of the complexity of the many current realities—social, cultural, economic, political—affecting the life of Orthodox women. Among the vehicles for assessing needs and responding to concerns could be:

a) convening general regional meetings of Orthodox women to address not only our universal concerns, but also many of those specific to local situations, and to encourage mutual support and networking to solve country/church specific problems

b) establishing a desk or focal point at the WCC for Orthodox women that would follow up on the challenges identified and provide support for the involvement of women in various aspects of Church life, as well as safe space for discussion of sensitive issues

c) support for a web site for Orthodox women, and other existing internet resources, to accumulate theological materials, guides to applied ministry as well as provide a space for discussion forums, etc.

d) encouraging theological research on issues of concern to women in the life of the Church

6. We invite the WCC to continue this process in close cooperation and with full support of the Orthodox Church leadership. We see the need to identify together with our Church leadership the ways and instruments to implement decisions and recommendations of women's consultations in our Churches. The implementation process can be strengthened through involving Orthodox women appointed as representatives of their churches or serving with the blessing of the
Church and other women of good faith.
7. We affirm that men and women, lay and ordained, belong to the overall Body of Christ. We recognize that these issues come through active engagement of all members. Therefore, we desire to promote dialogue by convening conferences for women and men (e.g. pastoral care, liturgical renewal etc.) to further deepen the faith of all Orthodox Christians.

8. The consultation was enriched by the contributions of the
participants who shared their current experience of church ministry,such as women's involvement in:

• ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue

• revitalizing the life of the Church and its social ministry,
especially in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism

• establishing national and global networks that promote theological
research in women's issues, share information, and equip women for
applied ministry and

• establishing women's committees within church structures.

9. Women are called to holiness and ministry through baptism, and already serve the Body of Christ and His Church through:
their witness and teaching their intercession, advice and guidance as spiritual mothers their dynamic evangelical ministry in all areas of pastoral and social work their caring for the poor, ill and homeless their offering prayer and comfort for those in need.

The conference participants encourage women in these ministries and call upon the WCC and its Orthodox member Churches to consider seriously and implement the points of this report to strengthen the ecumenical participation and the ministries of Orthodox women, moving forward all together.
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?id=6054


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Originally Posted by Fr David Straut
To brag a little: This Conference was conceived and organised by my daughter, Katharine Straut, who will have her 21st birthday tomorrow, the opening day of the Conference. I'm a very proud Papa. Katharine, the third of our five children, will be beginning her Senior Year at the College of New Jersey in the Fall and is working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


Bless, Father,

One should always take pride in the accomplishments of our children, especially those of such merit as this.

Happy birthday to your Katharine and may God grant her many years in health and happiness.

Neil, the always proud dad of another Kathyrn


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